EXPLORING NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE

This winter, I finally got to explore Neuschwanstein Castle near the town of Füssen in Southwest Bavaria, Germany with my mom. It was our last day after two weeks of traveling before heading back to Madrid. This iconic castle was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, one of my favorite places to visit! The castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II in the late 19th century. It is a Romanesque Revival palace with more than 1.3 million people visiting each year.

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DAY TRIPPING TO AUGSBURG, GERMANY

While in Munich last month, my mom and I took a day trip to Augsburg, Germany. Located just Northwest of Munich and less than an hour by train makes visiting Augsburg a really easy day trip. It’s one of the oldest cities in Germany and is rich in history. A day is all you need to explore the highlights of this beautiful city.

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GIVING DUBLIN A SECOND CHANCE

Ever since I was little, I dreamed about visiting Ireland, especially Dublin. Like so many others, my ancestors immigrated from Ireland and I felt this connection to a country I had only read about and seen in pictures. In college, I even took a course on the history of Ireland, making my connection even stronger. I had this idea in my head of what I thought Dublin would be like and I really believed I would feel this immediate “at home” feeling as soon as I arrived. Sadly, I didn’t feel that way at all.

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EXPERIENCING THE GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

The German Christmas markets (Christkindlmärkte in German) were at the top of my bucket list and I was happy to finally experience them this past Christmas. While I may not have visited some of the biggest or most popular markets, it was still an amazing experience nonetheless. Between all the food, the many (many) mugs of glüwein and all the Christmas shopping, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye.

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DAY TRIPPING TO EL ESCORIAL

One of the best parts about living in Madrid is the close proximity to so many other cities, giving you plenty of options for day trips. My first trip to El Escorial was over seven years ago when I studied abroad my junior year of college. I knew what to expect, but I was still just as impressed as the first time.

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