Ranking the Cities
Aug18

Ranking the Cities

I’ve been home for a little bit now, and the subsequent question after “How was it?” is usually “Which place was your favorite?”  I want to give a definitive ranking of my favorite cities, based on my experiences, from my time in Europe: 1.  Rome             I spent my first three weeks in Rome, and it was incredible.  More so than any other city I visited, I felt like I could step out of my apartment and...

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In the Midle of São Paulo
Aug18

In the Midle of São Paulo

If you can learn nothing else from this blog post, know that Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a massive, expansive city. I am far from a city boy, but I cannot imagine anyone being able to gaze at the seemingly endless expanse of this city and be unimpressed. Though Sao Paulo has tall buildings, the city seems to have grown in breath more than height over the years. Disorganized, random, and beautiful, it doesn’t necessarily lack a center...

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The Palio di Siena
Aug18

The Palio di Siena

The Palio di Siena is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena, Italy. Anyone traveling abroad during those two dates in Europe should make an effort go see this thrilling and culturally rich tradition. Here’s my attempt at the need to know facts. There are 17 districts, called contrade (plural, the singular is contrada), that divide the city of Siena. Each year, they draw lots to determine...

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