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    Almaty, Kazakhstan Travel Guide

    To be completely honest, the first time I heard of Kazakhstan was in my Intro to World Politics class in college. When we started this world trip, I genuinely had little desire to visit this country. We were in Dubai a month ago and the cheapest ticket out of there was to Almaty. Amos gently broke the news to me and I unenthusiastically agreed to go. I started doing my research and came to the grim realization that there weren’t very many travel blogs written about this country. I didn’t know what to expect. My whole mindset changed a few hours after we landed. I realized that this country has…

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    Grosvenor House-My Favorite Thing About Dubai

    Dubai is a whimsical place. In my opinion, Dubai is a cross between Walt Disney World and Las Vegas. Except times ten. Remember going to Disney World as a kid for the first time and your eyes got so starry and magic just pulsed through your veins? That’s how I feel when I go to Dubai. It’s a unique and scintillating city. I used to think that New York City was the most unbelievable city I had been to until I had the pleasure of visiting Dubai. Move over, NYC–you have some tough competition. I’ve been fortunate to visit Dubai twice now and I’m already plotting my return back.  In this post,…

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    What You Should Know Before Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

    I’ll just start off this post by saying that this will probably be one of the most gut-wrenching posts I write on this blog. I learned about the history and horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau briefly when I was in school. Even then, I was not able to fully comprehend the atrocities that took place. Visiting these concentration camps in Oświęcim, Poland was, without doubt, the most educational and eye-opening experience I’ve ever had. Being in the very area where so many horrendous things happened gave me an entirely heightened sense of understanding. My heart is breaking as I write this post, but I want to share with you some of the…

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    What to Do in Bucharest, Romania

    If I had to describe Bucharest, Romania in one word, it would be interesting. It’s not your normal tourist destination, which is probably why I liked it so much. The architecture is vdiverse with many different styles. I thought it was odd but equally captivating. My little brother is half Romanian. (He’s not my biological brother). I heard a few stories about Bucharest from him. The facts that I gathered from his stories are all I knew about Bucharest prior to visiting. I honestly didn’t expect to like this city as much as I did. However, the three days that we spent here were quite memorable and exciting. This post…

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    What to Do in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Bulgaria is my thirty-first country to visit. Bulgaria is usually towards the bottom of the list of countries that people want to visit. It was definitely towards the bottom of my list too. How did we end up here? Sofia was the cheapest destination to fly to from Athens. Fun fact–we paid $17 USD per person for an hour and a half flight. I had very minimal expectations for Sofia. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. However, I went in with an open mind and forced optimism. Man, I was so wrong about this country! Bulgaria has moved up towards the top of my list. This country now holds a…