The Best Feeling In The World

In five days, I’ll be flying home for Christmas. The journey brings about a lot of anticipation. Hopping onto the plane is a bit surreal. Seeing the U.S. coastline from the window is exciting. Stepping off the plane is pretty damn exhilarating. But there’s one feeling I get when I go home that’s better than any other…

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A Very A-Merry-Can Christmas

Ho, ho, no?

It’s December 1st and I’m wandering through my little Czech town to soak up the Christmas cheer. In a store, I hear Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas” playing as I stroll through aisles of glitter and sparkle. To my left are rolls of elegant lace ribbons, as dainty as snowflakes. To my right are seasonal dish towels, embroidered with reindeer motifs. In front of me are mugs and napkins with Santa’s likeness printed on them. It’s just like home. And that’s the problem…

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Traveling Solo Freaks Me Out But I Still Do It

During a semester abroad in Italy, I went on my first solo trip. I planned a five-day stay in Copenhagen but, only after 48 hours there, I was sobbing on my hostel bed. I called my mom and told her how miserable I was. Feeling consumed by loneliness, I cut my trip short and booked the next available flight back to Italy. It wasn’t until after I received the flight confirmation email when I realized that I had been doing the whole traveling solo thing all wrong.

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