Red Square Love

I never imagined that I would spend the turn of my third decade in Moscow’s Red Square, until it happened. Visiting Russia had long held a top spot on my bucket list but always seemed out of grasp. When I earned my TESOL/TEFL certifications a few years ago I started tutoring in English and German…

A Tale of Two Kremlins

A kremlin, the fancy Russian word for fortress, is not an entirely rare sight across Russia but only one has the distinction of being THE Kremlin. Moscow and its Kremlin were founded in the 12th century. Prior to the 1900s many people lived inside the Moscow Kremlin walls just as they would in any village. Soviet…

From Russia With Rap

(TL, DR: Enjoy this Russian Rap Playlist, suckas. Through my travels, I have fallen privy to unexpected information and earned some unconventional badges of expertise. It may come as a surprise, but for better or worse, I know my way around the core Russian rap scene.   A few people have laughed and been dismissive about the…

The Szekler Heart of Transylvania

In the Heart of Transylvania is Mures County, home of the Szekelyfold. The Szekelers are … Rephrase- In the Middle Ages, the Székelys, along with the Transylvanian Saxons, played a key role in the defense of the Kingdom of Hungaryagainst the Ottomans[8] in their posture as guards of the eastern border. With the Treaty of Trianon of 1920, Transylvania (including the Székely Land) became…

Onward Clarevoyage, to the Burren!

Ireland’s Galway Bay on the west coast forms a crescent around the Aran Islands. Today, after leaving Kylemore Abbey, we traveled south to Oughterard, Galway, the Dunguaire Castle in Kinvarra, Bell Harbour, Bealaclugga, Ballyvaughan, and into the heart of the Burren. Road Trip Essentials 101 For every road trip, you need a playlist, junk food,…

Doolin & the Cliffs of Moher

  Driving through the Burren along the Wild Atlantic Way filled me with genuine awe. I live in the United States and have traveled around the globe and back, but have never ventured west to the canyons or deserts in my own country. This type of landscape was completely alien to me. Today we made our…

O Lungo Drom, the Long Road

Fernweh (literally, “far away” + “pain”) is an ache for distant places, and a longing to return to a place where one belongs. It is the yearning to find or remember home, physically or spiritually, even if it takes a lifetime of searching. No, Fernweh is not just another German word for Wanderlust. Wanderlust is…