• Spain
  • Experiencing Semana Santa in Madrid

    Hooded figures, long candles, the slow toll of drums, and biblical figurines carried throughout the streets. These are the sounds and images that characterize Semana Santa – “Holy Week” – in Spain, where the Catholic holiday of Easter isn’t just a day, it’s a whole week. I had previously experienced Semana Santa in the most […]

  • Romania
  • An Unexpected Adventure in Bucharest

    Much like Bilbo suddenly finding himself in the middle of an unexpected adventure full of elves, dragons, dwarves, and jewels, we never expected to find ourselves in Bucharest in the dead of winter. Ok, maybe minus the mystical creatures, but Bucharest was magical in its own way. Nicknamed the “Paris of the East,” Bucharest is […]