Spain: Let's Talk Madrid

he first time I ever visited Europe was to Madrid for five days. It was a short trip but at the time I lived in New York so the flight wasn’t horrifically long. I stayed with friends in the center of town and upon my first day, I nearly got robbed (these two guys grabbed my makeup bag out of my backpack and when my friend told them in broken Spanish that it was just makeup, they left it behind). And for anyone who knows this story, I felt it would not do justice to curse them out in English as they walked away and the only thing I knew to say at that instant was “No bueno! No bueno!” This, much to my chagrin, has become one of my most memorable and embarrassing travel stories to date.

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Bali: The Alaya Hotel In Ubud Is A Must

I fantasized for days, weeks, months after reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love of traveling to Bali. Then, when I watched Julia Roberts bike along the rice paddy fields in Ubud in the film version, it was a done deal for me. I knew that this was one place that I had to visit before I died. Sounds morbid but it’s part of the bucket list that we all have, right?

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