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New Year's in Osaka

31 December 2016- 2 January 2017

I ended my first month in Japan with a trip to Osaka to ring in the New Year, and immediately fell in love with it. 1,101 more words

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How To Hostel

I have not yet been seduced by buxom European women, kidnapped, and cut into little bits.  It’s really quite a miracle, considering how many hostels I’ve stayed in.   912 more words

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10 Things I Learned While Traveling Abroad Alone

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, traveling is a big part of my life. Since graduating college two years ago, I’ve devoted a considerable amount of time to travel. 2,613 more words

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The Worst Hostel

Travelling is great, but so is having money for food.

That’s why I declined when my friend Kate wanted to take a trip in December. But she had extra work holidays and wasn’t keen to spend them sitting on her couch, so she bribed me with a free flight. 947 more words

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Hostels from Hell

(Originally posted on Buzzfeed Community)

Hostels are always an experience; every hostel has its own quirks. It’s important to research and prepare so you don’t get a nasty surprise at the standard of your accommodation. 854 more words

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Reggae 

I have never really liked reggae. I remember being seventeen and watching as my friends drove out of the high school parking lot, windows down, playing reggae at a not disrespectful volume but still loud enough for passers-by to hear the echoes of the drums and twang of the guitar. 318 more words

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#HostelLife

Ohhhh, León. You tested me.

First, our shuttle from SJDS forgot about us, so we were running just under 2 hours late. Then, speeding down the highway, we hear something thunk on the roof, and I turn around to see my bag tumbling off of the car. 1,430 more words

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