"In Spanish there is a word for which I can't find a counterword in English. It is the verb vacilar, present participle vacilando. It does not mean vacillating at all. If one is vacilando, he is going somewhere, but does not greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction."
—John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley: In Search of America, 1962
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  • I’m back from Spring Break! It’s nice to be home, but I’m not looking forward to going back to the daily grind. Here you can see my route:

    Washington → London (4 days) → Vienna (3 days) → Bratislava (1 day) → Prague (3 days) → Vienna → London Heathrow Airport → Washington

    I feel very privileged to have been able to see more of the world and to have done so in the company of my family and friends!

    “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

    — Samuel Johnson

    This is where my followers (just amordelamevavida and keepinghope-losingfaith right now, actually- thanks, Jill and Cassandra!) are going for Spring Break!

    I would love to add to the map! You can find it here.

    If you click on a pin, the title is the Tumblr username of the person traveling to that city, and the Website link takes you to their Tumblr page.

    So, where are you going for Spring Break? Answer here or message me here if you would like to be added to the map!


    One more paper on Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus and I’ll be in London! If you have any suggestions on things to see or places to eat (ALL the tea, scones, and Indian food recommendations welcome), I would love to hear them! I haven’t figured out my itinerary yet, but I do have more than a few books to choose from for the plane ride, starting with: 

    • Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous (for my class on demographic issues in the European Union)
    • Maps by Farah Nuruddin (for my class on ethnicity and nationalism in Africa)
    • The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
    • Sex and World Peace by Valerie Hudson, ‎Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, ‎and Mary Capriolo
    • The Language of InstinctThe New Science of Language and Mind by Stephen Pinker

    Whether it’s home or across the world, I think it would be cool to pin my followers’ Spring Break destinations on a Google Map! Feel free to reply or message me anonymously.

    Where are you planning on traveling for Spring Break?

    My flight to London for Spring Break is officially booked! In March, I’ll be traveling to London with my mom and her friend before meeting up with my friend who is studying abroad in Vienna. My friend and I are planning to squeeze in another city (any suggestions?) before I have to return to the states. It’s only been eight months since I was last studying abroad in Europe, but I already miss it!

    Are you traveling anywhere for Spring Break?

    This year, I was lucky enough to live in Madrid and travel to Spain, France, and Italy.

    Spain: Mérida, Cáceres, Trujillo, Segovia, Valencia, Barcelona, Córdoba, Sevilla, Granada, Alcalá de Henares, Toledo, and Cuenca 

    France: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    Italy: Florence and Rome

    Where did you go in 2013? Where do you want to go in 2014?

    It’s finals time again, and this is currently me. Or this. So I may not be posting regularly for the next week (or I will, at the expense of reality).

    I wanted to let you know that I’m starting a new tag called lists, since my post on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 seemed to be popular. 

    First up, Trivago’s Top 10 European Christmas Markets! File under: places I’d rather be right now. And Hogwarts at Christmastime. I could definitely (always) do Hogwarts. Just look how cute and happy Harry and Ron look.

    …And I’m back to “work.”

    Happy Holidays and Best of Luck with Finals,


    P.S. Photo credit goes to the very talented Beth Evans.

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