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Street Art in Valencia – 19 of My Favorites

04.30.14

Exiting the metro on our first night in Valencia, we navigated through the tiny streets of the Mercat and El Carmen neighborhood. We seemed to be the only ones on the street. It felt a little post-apocalyptic, walking past abandoned lots, half crumbling buildings that didn’t even look to be under construction, and shuttered business with roll-down doors. This will all look different tomorrow I thought. And then we rounded a corner and saw our first (of many) Valencia street art. There are several high-profile artists from Valencia (here’s a bigger list). Escif and Hyuro were two that I was Read more…

Madrid in 3 [Easygoing] Days

04.16.14

I don’t believe in “once in a lifetime” trips. First, “once in a lifetime” suggests you’re not traveling again. That’s 100% un-fun. Second, it sets ridiculous expectations of perfection. Travel can be tiring and silly, and confusing, but so amazing. Yes, that quote about travel being “the journey not the destination…” applies quite nicely. Third, every moment is “once in a lifetime” is it not? And we’ve come full circle… One of things taking a round the world trip taught me about myself is that while I love playing tourist and seeing the major sights (hey, they’re sights for a Read more…

Love Boat or The Perfect Storm?

12.05.08

I never expected to find myself on a Royal Caribbean cruise during my year of traveling the world. But as I searched for one-way flights from Spain back to the States, I started thinking how interesting it would be to go by boat instead. So after a quick search on Kayak, I found a Transatlantic cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Ft Lauderdale, FL from $399. Even after the extra fees and taxes it was still cheaper than flying and included food and lodging for 13 days! I was still a little apprehensive about cruising, but decided that either way it Read more…

#41: Visit Europe Again

My first experience traveling abroad was to France in 2006 (when I officially got the travel bug). Since then, I’ve wanted to go back and see more of Europe. However, with the euro and dollar exchange rate at $1.60 this summer, I decided to stick to the outer edges of the EU that don’t use the euro yet. By starting in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, I didn’t have to cringe every time I made a purchase, but still had the convenience of being in the EU. Turkey was my next stop, and while not quite Europe, it was an amazing Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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