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Finding a Ruin Bar in Budapest

Finding a ruin bar in Budapest is a rite of passage for locals and tourists alike – this was my experience.

There is so much to love about Budapest. I knew from researching the city beforehand that it would be one of my favorites in my journey through Europe.

It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to (Florence is still number one in my book), and I love that it’s an even more hipster alternative than Berlin.

There’s a huge student population, as well as very public displays of affection by the locals – the aftermath of living under the iron curtain of communism for so long is overflowing love in the present.

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Melbourne Tourist Attractions, to go or not to go?

My experience at a few of Melbourne’s most popular sights, and whether they were worth the visit or not.

Melbourne may not have as many of the world famous sights as other parts of Australia, such as the Opera House in Sydney or the Great Barrier Reef up in Queensland, but there is always something to do in the city. Actually, I’ve found it to be a pretty great city to live in (recently voted one of the best cities to live in the world).

Okay, let’s be real, I love it here.

I’ve already reviewed most of the free activities to do in Melbourne, but as to not overlook the ones that do cost money, I have a few tourist experiences to share from my first month in the city.

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Escaping From the Krakow Salt Mines – the Oldest Salt Mine in the World

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One of the most unique experiences I had in Poland was escaping from the Krakow Salt Mines, also known as the oldest salt mine in the world.

If you want to experience the Krakow Salt Mines – I’d recommend experiencing them through this tour

I backpacked through Europe a couple years ago, and one of the most unique (and unsettling) experiences I had was exploring the Krakow, Poland Salt Mines.

Here is my take on the Medieval city and its salt mines.

Krakow – the land of cobblestones, horse-drawn carriages, and post offices in old school buggies. Honestly, I hadn’t heard much about Krakow before visiting, but I found myself enamored by the relatively small and historical city.

My most notable story by far was exploring the salt mines in Krakow, Poland, the oldest in the world and in operation for over 700 years.

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Melbourne from a California Girl’s Perspective

In under a week of flying to Melbourne from California, I can already feel myself acclimating to the city, the people, the life Down Under.

I wake up every morning with calves that are more sore than the day before. I walk for hours every day to get a feel for the layout of the city, especially in the CBD, Fitzroy, and St. Kilda because those are the neighborhoods I’ll most likely end up working in.

Yesterday, I had an Aussie come up and ask me directions, and I actually gave him the right ones to get to his desired destination! That moment is when I realized how much I’ve internalized about the city since arriving at the beginning of the week.

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My First 36 Hours in Melbourne

A look at my first day and a half in Melbourne, Australia – my home base for the next 6 months or more.

My first 36 hours in Australia have been wonderful, yet trying and tiring, and full of hilarious fails that I’ll just label as “new experiences.”

It started when I got to my apartment and it looked like a closed up store front. The door was locked and the windows looked as if they hadn’t seen daylight in months.

When I called my housemate, a little panicked that I was given the wrong address or that this place didn’t exist, he instructed me that the actual door to the apartment was just around the corner, the next door down.

Phew, I let out a huge sigh of relief.

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Exploring My Own Backyard in Julian, California

A short day trip from San Diego, you’ll find Julian and the best apple pie in southern California.

Last weekend, I convinced my roommate to take a road trip with me to Julian, CA. I invited a few other friends, and next thing I knew, we had a full car, cruising up to Julian to indulge in everything apple-related on a beautiful southern California day.

I’m talking about the apple pie capital of the world, and it was only an hour and a half away from me this whole time I’ve lived in San Diego!

I’ve been wanting to visit Julian since I heard the words apple and pie in the same sentence, and even more so in the last few months of checking off my San Diego bucket list.

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What to Consider When Moving Abroad

A few things to think about when moving abroad for the first time.

My big move across the world is a little over a month away. This realization has made me consider a few different aspects that have continuously been popping up in my stream of consciousness recently.

Here are the main issues I’ve been thinking about while getting ready for my travels:

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6 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz, CA

Free Things to do in Santa Cruz, California | West Cliff Drive | The Atlas Heart

My Favorite free things to do in Santa Cruz! How to enjoy the best that this seaside town has to offer without spending a dime.

Okay, so maybe Santa Cruz doesn’t have as much going on as Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Diego. And maybe I’m a little biased being that I was born and raised here, but I do believe that Santa Cruz is a place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

Sure, it’s a small beach town like many that exist on the West Coast of California, but the city has its own unique charm that I have yet to come across anywhere else, and there are a ton of free things to do in Santa Cruz to make it even more attractive for the average visitor.

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