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Here is where you’ll find detailed day to day adventures and scattered thoughts about life!

The story behind this blog is somewhat long-winded and complicated. It all started when I graduated from college, and spent a good few years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I was in a quarter-life crisis in every sense of the word. Read this somewhat personal post about how I channeled a quarter-life crisis into creating Passport & Plates, and what I’ve learned so far.

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With exactly two days in London before the end of my Euro trip, Nancy and my other British friends made sure I experienced London as a local. Read more to discover what I ate and what I saw outside of the typical tourist route.

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Lisbon is a charming city with its perfect weather, cobblestone streets, and wooden trams. With a mix of modern and tradition visible in all aspects from the buildings to the music, it’s a worthy addition to any European travel itinerary. See how I spent a few days in this delightful city, complete with where to go, what to eat, and where to stay, all while on a budget.

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While Amsterdam is a city well-known for its biking culture, coffee shops, and crazy nightlife, the city I experienced was completely different. Since I was fortunate enough to see it with a local, the Amsterdam I experienced was charming and friendly. Dotted with trendy cafes, a smorgasbord of ethnic foods, and beautiful colored houses, Amsterdam is rich in history and culture when you explore past the well-worn tourist paths. See how I spent a few days in this delightful city, complete with where to go, what to eat, and where to stay, all while on a budget.

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Despite its reputation as an “ugly” city only visited by businessmen and women, Bilbao retains a small-town charm beneath the hustle and bustle. It offers plenty to do and see in terms of culture and art and is a foodie city in its own right. See how I spent a few days in this cosmopolitan and diverse city, complete with where to go, what to eat, and where to stay, all while on a budget.

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San Sebastian is famed amongst foodies as being the gastronomical capital of the world. Holding the most Michelin stars in the world, the food culture in this beautiful seaside city in unique, daring, and enticing. Although I initially came here for a few days of beach bumming and a guaranteed fancy meal, San Sebastian charmed me with much, much more. The pintxo bars are stars in their own right, and food chefs consistently push the envelope to dazzle the senses of tourists and locals alike. If there’s one city where I truly splurged both on food and accommodation, it was definitely here in San Sebastian. Read more to find out all the secrets the city has to offer.

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Seville, or Sevilla in Spanish, is the largest city in Andalusia (Southern Spain). Famous for its food, festivals, and passion, it’s truly a city not to be missed. Located on the Guadalquivir River, it’s home to a beautiful cathedral, large Alcazar, and one of Spain’s most famous bullfighting rings. I was able to spend two days here, experiencing the city both as a solo, starry-eyed tourist as well as with a seasoned Sevillana (local). Despite experiencing Sevilla during a relatively quiet time of the year, I found it to be the perfect size for exploring, exuding all the charm of a small city and all the convenience of a tourist destination. Read how I spent two days familiarizing myself with this stunning town, and bask in the charm of architecture, music, and food.

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Despite its small size and scorching heat, the white-washed walls of Córdoba and the stunning Mezquita are guaranteed to delight even the finickiest of travelers. While most people pass over this city entirely or come for a quick visit to the Mezquita, I would argue that Córdoba is much more than its iconic red and white striped building. Here is where I spent a full two days entirely alone, inspired by the stunning architecture, mouthwatering regional dishes, and the narrow pathways. Read how I spent two days sola en Córdoba, eating some of my best and worst meals, and exploring the hidden crevices of this quaint town.

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There’s something about Granada that made me want to stay here forever. It’s easily my favorite city in Spain – an affordable university town with a deep and rich history and culture. Maybe it’s the food, with its sweet piononos or free tapas with every drink. Maybe it’s the culture – the magnificent blend of Arab and Spanish influences evident in the architecture, art, and music. Or maybe it’s just the vibrant energy, pulsing through the city all day and night. Whatever it is, the three days I spent here were glorious, and I can confidently say that it is not to be missed while visiting Spain. Read to learn more about the different parts of the city and to see pictures of the impressive Alhambra.

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