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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: A Night Out on Brick Lane, London

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Hype men yell out they are certainly the BEST curry on Brick Lane in London. No no, not that other guy, us. Definitely. We have the awards to prove. Alright so does he, but WE are offering a deal. Come on in. Right now. Table is waiting. Now? Walking down Brick Lane in London in hopes of a tasty curry can be a daunting task. There are some wonderful curry houses, and some not so good ones. Without a plan, you’ll end up being convinced by the loudest shop owner…

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Fresh baked goods in London and Boston: Better than Paris?

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Sweets. It’s a horrible habit, but give me a bowl of ice cream or a just baked pastry any day over a big savory meal. I practically judge new destinations based just on how good the desserts are in the area. This is why France wasn’t always my favorite place in the world, but it made up for a little stuffiness with incredible eats. Although I haven’t made it back to Paris since we moved over to London, I hope to visit as soon as the weather changes. In fact,…

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Biking Benefits in London

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My yoga practice is going just peachy, but let’s be real. I got to move my behind way more. Stretching and asanas made me feel active and worked well for a while to keep my heart rate pumping. But as my mental health began to improve, as my desire to be social, get out and, well, eat. And drink. I’ve noticed my weight creeping up again, which is discouraging after I had been working so hard. I wanted to find something to do in the city I could enjoy on…

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Is the IAmsterdam Card Worth the Trip?

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A polarization of beauty and sin, bicycle bells and flowing canals to windows filled with scantily clad women; it’s amazing this city functions so well. In fact, it seems to be exactly what we all should aspire to – adopting the idea of live and let live. No one seems to be scandalized by the tolerance of soft drugs and prostitution at all in Amsterdam. In fact, it makes the scenic areas of the city even more pleasing, as it shows how harmoniously sophistication and a little hedonistic fun can…

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Why not take a Spanish road trip up the Costa del Sol?

As the restaurant and patrons whirled around me, I was trying everything in my power not to throw up on his birthday. We had made it all the way to Barcelona from Seville on a two-week road trip adventure and roughly 90 percent of the time I was sick as a dog. About five months prior I had landed in sunny Seville, Spain, for an au pair gig, and my boyfriend decided to celebrate it’s end by flying out to see me and experiencing an epic adventure together up the…

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How Visiting a Nude Beach in Menorca Helps with Body Acceptance

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“Bonjour, do you have the time?” said the old Frenchman walking towards us on Cala Macarelleta beach. We were wading waist-high in crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, enjoying a perfect day. While X the husband tried to explain in bad French our watches were set on London time, I realized something unusual about the smiling, tanned man approaching us. He was completely naked as the day he was born. As was his grinning wife behind him – just a straw hat perched lopsided on her head. I tried to…

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Splash Out in Tenerfie, Spain

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Expecting more of an African island vibe considering it’s close proximity to the continent, I was so surprised that Tenerife was absolutely Spanish. There was no doubt – I could have been in the center of Seville instead of 600 miles from the mainland (or as they say, the ‘peninsula’). Tenerife Highlights: Outdoors How can you stay inside at all while on a sunny island? The beaches are perfect, as is the pool scenes at many of the upscale hotels. But I also really loved driving down the coastline and…

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An Introduction to Ayurveda: At Adler Thermae in Tuscany, Italy

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To truly develop your entire being, body and mind, all have to be considered part of the journey. In other words, when I drink a ton of wine, it’s going to make my mood real crappy too. Exhibit A: All the Tuscan wine I could carry home from Sasso Di Sole. Anything in excess, whether it’s food, fun or just dwelling on negative thoughts means you’re going have a bad time. Awareness of this and of your connections inside and out are so important to feeling good. As I started…

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A Little Bit On Latvia: Photos from Riga

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Lativa was a treat. I don’t think I’ve visited a country in so little time that left such a lovely impression. The capital city is bright, clean and full of art – from dancing statues and street murals to contemporary monuments and homemade jewelry. Interactions were always intelligent and cozy, with many locals offering recommendations for activities and food as a warm welcome to the city. Helen from HelsBels and myself had an amazing, albeit quick experience. Not to mention, we got plenty of bang for our buck, even as…

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#IHEARTCANARIES: Heading to Tenerife

In just about a week I’ll be sunning myself on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It’s one of the Canary Islands – Spanish territory off the coast of Africa. The landscape is rugged, sporting volcanoes and fishing villages alongside miles of beaches with luxury resorts. What more could you want in a getaway? The best part is the whole week I’ll be staying at an oasis with great friends, off the grid and living easy. It’s a massive self-catering space complete with private pool and plenty of open space. In…

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