Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

Christmas in Prague

For the first stop on my 18-day winter break trip, I went to Prague. I had previously been there when I was a sophomore in high school, traveling with my … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Christmas in Central Europe

Yesterday I returned from 18 days in Central Europe. I had a great time and saw so many beautiful places!! I’ll be remembering the architecture of Prague, the great beer … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Luces de Navidad en Madrid [Christmas Lights in Madrid] 2013

This is my second year in Madrid, and my second time experiencing the beautiful lights in Madrid and learning more about Christmas traditions here in Spain. I met up with … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 2 Comments


Upon moving to Madrid in September 2012 and trying fresh figs for the first time, I was in love. I never knew what I was missing out on before! Now, … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

The jamón vending machine, and other adventures in Sevilla…

We had fun exploring the city. I wore a summer dress in mid November because I knew it would be my last chance. It was about 70 degrees F (21 … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dublin, Ireland (August 2013)

As I was nearing the end of my 6+ week Europe trip, I spent 3 and a half days in Dublin. It’s a really nice city, and I especially enjoyed … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Thanksgiving in Spain, Year 2

This year, I went to TGI Friday’s with 3 Spanish friends for Thanksgiving. It was a set price of 17.50 for a bowl of cheesy broccoli soup, a huge plate … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Paris (July 2013)

I arrived in Paris in the morning after a early-morning train from Bruges. At this point in the trip I was exhausted 24/7. Every time I picked up my backpack, … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Belgium (Antwerp, Gent, Bruges) July 2013

ANTWERP I came to Antwerp to see the place my grandfather was stationed during WWII. The town center is still pretty well preserved, so it likely looked almost identical as … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Rhine Region (Heidelberg and Bacharach)

After Switzerland I headed to Heidelberg for a day… After a day there, I headed to Bacharach for two days. I loved it there! It was such a cute old … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Bologna and Milan, hindsight is 20/20

Upon arriving in Bologna, north of Florence, I attempted to check in at Bologna Bed and Breakfast. After ringing the doorbell several times and standing around for 10 minutes, I … Continue reading

October 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Florence, Cultural Highlight of Italy (July 2013)

Florence is one of the most historically significant cities in Italy. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. It is full of Renaissance architecture (the famous red dome of … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Advice for Living Abroad – Culture (it’s all in the details)

This is the latest in my series regarding advice for living abroad. Past entries include: Language Keep in mind I’ve only lived abroad in one country – Spain. My advice … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Three weeks without sugar

It’s been three weeks since I stopped eating all artificial sugar. Read my earlier entry about why. Three weeks in and I feel great! The first two or three days … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 1 Comment