An American’s 10 random observations about Europe

1. You have to pay to use most public restrooms, or “water closets,” and plain old water See my post: Europeein: European Bathroom Observations 2. Europe has a weird fascination with KFC, also know as RFC in some places. I even watched a cricket game which was entirely sponsored by KFC. Monopoly anyone? 3. People actually enjoy…

Paris “Metro” System

Paris was my last stop of my European adventure, and in comparison to the trains that I took in Germany, Netherlands, and London, it was the best. That’s not to say that it was perfect overall, but it definitely had some important features that I valued more so than my other train experiences in Europe….

French Bread

Bread, bread, bread! A glorious and classic edible that has survived thousands of year. With this recipe, you can continue the tradition! Ingredients 2 cups warm water 1 tablespoon yeast 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 5 cups bread flour Directions Dissolve yeast in warm water (110 degrees) and sugar in…

Paris Street Art

One of the most intriguing parts about Paris resides in the art–not just in the Louvre, but also in the streets. The murals, tags, and other works portray the narratives and discourses of the artists, and their inspirations. Similar to that seen in most major cities (checkout my London Street Art post), Paris offers a…

The best parts about traveling by yourself… Tips and tricks

Disclaimer: This post is not an endorsement for traveling by oneself. This post is solely intended to share the pros and cons of my solo travel experience. I recommend that solo travelers take reasonable precautions to ensure that they have a safe traveling experience. 1. Freedom! You can do whatever you want, including deciding your…

The Versailles Garden: Part 4 of 4

                                                   Five Facts about the Versailles Garden 1. There are 11 fountains on the property 2. The palace grounds originally served as hunting grounds for King Louis XIV 3. In 1662,  André Le Nôtre was commissioned…

On Hiatus

Hi everyone, As of this year, my website has been viewed in 35 countries, so I want to thank you all for your support! I appreciate your positive feedback and your critique! With that being said, I am entering finals at my law school so I will be taking about a few weeks hiatus from…

Tax March

On Saturday, April 15th-the date when Americans’ taxes are generally due- over 25,000 people in Washington D.C., marched around the White House property to demand that Trump release his tax returns. In New York, over 45,000 peacefully protested around Trump’s properties to call for the President to make due on his vow. Others marched just outside…

Roasted Chick Peas

Ingredients 2 cups of cooked chickpeas 1 tablespoon of coconut or olive oil 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, or apple cider vinegar Salt Pepper Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees Mix the chickpeas, oil and your choice of either lemon juice or vinegar Place the mixture on a baking sheet and into the…

Chocolat Chaud

This is how the French do hot chocolat! Ingredients 1 ½ cups whole milk 2 ½ Tbsp. water 2 ½ Tbsp. granulated sugar 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate Directions Chop chocolate into small shavings. Measure 8 oz. of milk into a microwave-safe glass or bowl. Add the chocolate to the milk and microwave at full power…

The Versailles Musical Fountains Show: Part 3 of 4

The groves of Versailles were designed during Louis XIV’s reign as open-air drawing rooms concealed at the heart of the wooded areas of the gardens. One went there for refreshments and light meals, to listen to music or dance. The King could satisfy his taste for gambling and performing arts in these venues intended solely for…

Quinoa Fried Rice

Check out the recipe below taken directly from the Steamy Kitchen. Packed with protein, this recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.   Ingredients: 1 tablespoon cooking oil 2 eggs 1 cup diced ham 1 stalk green onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1/2 cup frozen peas and your…