Posts By: Jake G

  • International

    A Taste of Tuscany: Florence In a Flash

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    The Leaning Tower of Pisa We continued down the coast of Italy, catching the early morning train to Pisa. I must admit, we only had one goal with our short stop: see the leaning tower. We followed the swarm of camera-toting, flippy-flopping tourists to the town’s main attraction located in a large piazza. A poorly laid… Read more »

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    Capital of the Catalans

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    Torro Torro: Bulls, Tapas, & Sangria in Madrid

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    It was a long day out to Spain. The train from Paris left at around 2 and even on the high-speed it was a 6 hour journey to Barcelona. Luckily for me, about halfway through a group of Germans came on board and sat in the seats next to me. We talked and laughed and they… Read more »

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    A Parisian Affair

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    The ride across the English Channel was uneventful. As the train reaches speeds of up to 190 miles/hr, you could miss the entire Chunnel portion with just a short nap. The Chunnel is the longest of its kind in the world, and rides under the sea for 23.5 miles. In places, it is actually 250… Read more »

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    Showtime in London

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    A 5 hour train ride brought me to the epicenter of the United Kingdom: London. Compared to Edinburgh and the cities of Ireland, London was massive. It was honestly a bit overwhelming at first. There were people everywhere! From Euston train station, it was a 3 mile walk down to my hostel on the south bank of the Thames. En route, I passed many iconic landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben.

  • International

    Edinburgh: King of Scotland

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    The history of Edinburgh is long and bloody. At its very early stages in the 7th century, it was a hill fort called Din Eidyn (Din means Fort). By the 12th century, the enormous castle for which it is known was constructed and it has been the capital since at least the 15th. Similar to Ireland and Wales, there have been many battles and switching of power between Scotland and England.

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    Crack on The Emerald Isle

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    Conas atá tú! That’s Irish for, “how’s the crack?” And no I’m not referring to your backside, or the white stuff. I’m talking about craic. For the Irish, craic refers to the fun, enjoyment, conversation, and general atmosphere of a place.

  • Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks, Peaks & Mountains, Road Trips

    Driving Across The Colorado Plateau

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    Before I head to Europe, I decided to make the drive home where I could leave my car and visit with friends and family before the next big adventure. Instead of banging the 2,000+ miles out as quick as possible, I chose to take an extended jaunt across Southern Colorado. I wouldn’t be alone, as… Read more »

  • Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking

    Sloshing Through Buckskin Gulch

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    A slot canyon is simply defined as a canyon which is deeper than it is wide. They are narrow “slots” in the Earth where water has eroded rock into unique twisting channels […]