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July 2015

Locals of Portugal

Locals of Lisbon: Qianru Luo

I remember scouring through Couchsurfing profiles of people living in Lisbon and passing someone whose current mission was to “Live in the present. Find a way to live in New York.” and then further down in her profile, I…


30 Struggles of Living in Paris

 Your 15 minute transfer at Chatelet-Les Halles Avoid at all costs. Being 26 Sorry, you are officially “old” in Paris years. No more discounts. However, you can still try to fake it as a student. Seeing tourists struggle to get…

Language Learning

8 Symptoms of Learning a New Language

One of the most commonly asked questions we get as travel and language bloggers/vloggers aside from “Are you married?” Yes, people have always questioned that… is “Damon and Jo, how do you guys learn languages so quickly?” or “How…


Cool Cafés in Paris For Chillin’ Out

At this point, after an academic year in Paris, followed by one 10-day trip, and two one-month trips afterward, I can now say…coffee shops like American coffee shops just aren’t a thing in Paris – despite me really trying to find them. You have Starbucks…

Life Stories

8 Things Italians Actually Do

Pasta smeared on a thick Luigi beard and hand gestures thrown up more than gang signs; that’s what the world thinks of Italians. For some reason, Italy has some of the strongest and well known stereotypes on the block…


Colors of Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a relatively small section of the picturesque, breathtaking Italian Riviera coastline, but is nonetheless the home of five even smaller villages – Manarola and Riomaggiore being the two most visited, the two most touristy, and the two that…