Discovering the Swiss Alps Part 2:

Making cheese, hiking, and exploring Gstaad with a real Swiss cowgirl

Sunday morning, Julian and I woke up at the crack of dawn to visit our friend Linda Bach at her home in the Swiss Alps. Linda grew up in a village called Feutersoey in the mountains outside of the posh ski resort town of Gstaad. Her family owns a dairy farm there, making Linda a real-life cowgirl. We met Linda in college at the University of Virginia. Since moving to Switzerland, we had hoped our paths would cross. Last weekend, the stars finally aligned. Linda was home from Oxford for […]

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Discovering the Swiss Alps Part 1: Interlaken & Adelboden

Saturday morning, Julian and I set off bright and early for a weekend of exploring the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. During my time in Switzerland, we’ve tried to take full advantage of Basel’s location in the heart of central Europe. We have traveled both near and far– from across the border to Alsace to Milan and Beirut. But in the process we inadvertently neglected Switzerland! For my last weekend in the country, I wanted to remedy this by going somewhere to revel in the natural beauty of […]

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12 Must-dos in and around Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon

Last week, Julian and I took an extremely last-minute trip to Beirut to attend the wedding of two college friends. The bride is Jordanian and the groom Kuwaiti and they decided to host a destination wedding in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Though we really wanted to attend the wedding, it seemed incompatible with Julian’s work schedule. It wasn’t until we spoke with another couple going that we realized we couldn’t miss this. After all, when else would we have the opportunity to attend a wedding in Beirut?? While we […]

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Exploring the fairytale-like towns of Riquewihr and Colmar

Alsace, France

Since moving to Basel, I’ve been dying to explore the nearby towns and villages across the border in France. There are dozens of charming towns to choose from. But after hearing Colmar inspired Belle’s town in Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to visit. Last weekend we decided to rent a car and make it happen. The best part is, Colmar is less than an hour away from Basel and it’s a beautiful drive through the French countryside. While in Alsace you’ll notice that this region has many Germanic elements, […]

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Weekend in Paris for the French Open

This past weekend Julian and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the French Open final in Paris. Of the four major Grand Slam tournaments (the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open), Roland-Garros, as the French Open is called, is the only one to be played on a clay court. Needless to say, Julian and I were thrilled to be attending the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and to see two of the best players, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, face off during the […]

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Milan for the Weekend

Since moving to Basel, Milan has been top on my list of nearby cities to visit. Julian and I have several friends who live there and they all rave about this city. While Milan is far from the prettiest city in Italy, it’s where the action is happening. It’s the financial capital of Italy and competes with Paris as the fashion capital of the world. For young people, it’s the hot place to be and so we had to check it out for ourselves. From Basel, Milan is only four […]

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Road Trip through Burgundy Part 2

Day 3 & 4: Vezelay to Paris

If you didn’t catch the first leg of our road trip through Burgundy’s wine country, you can find it here! Day 3: Vezelay to Paris Vezelay Monday morning we rose early in order to get a head start on our busy day. After a quick breakfast, we headed to the medieval town of Vezelay. Vezelay is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the revered Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene and its well-preserved 15th, 16th and 17th century houses, gates and ramparts. In the 9th century, the relics […]

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Road Trip through Burgundy Part 1

Day 1 & 2: Beaune, Dijon, and Avallon

One of the great things about Basel is that it’s located in the heart of Europe. A ten minute drive and you’re across the border in France or Germany. A few hours by train and you’re in Paris, Munich or Milan. A quick flight and you’re in London, Rome, Barcelona, or Berlin. Last Friday, Julian and I decided to take advantage of our location and do a road trip from Basel to Paris, exploring the beautiful wine region of Burgundy (or Bourgogne in French) on our way. Like many of […]

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Sailing the Sea of Cortez

Baja California, Mexico

Over the past few years, I have visited many gorgeous beaches in Mexico. But if I had to pick my favorite, the beaches of Baja California would have to take the cake. If you want to see a wild and virtually untouched part of Mexico, then sail the Sea of Cortez in Baja California. Dramatic Scenery There is something so magical about the Sea of Cortez. It is a dazzling sea in the midst of the desert, surrounded by staggering mountains covered in enormous cacti. As you sail from one […]

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Puerto Rico’s Best-Kept Secret: The Beaches of Isabela and Aguadilla

In the 80s, my dad and his friends discovered Isabela, Puerto Rico and fell in love with the area’s great waves and beautiful uncrowded beaches. Over the years, they returned time and time again to this little slice of paradise. Though the beaches of Isabela and nearby Aguadilla have become more well known over the years, they remain one of the island’s best kept secrets. I have been going to Isabela for as long as I can remember. But for the past 3 years I’ve either been working or in school and have had to […]

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