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That Time We…
life through the window seat

life through the window seat

The Tichka Pass: I joke that it’s the “widow-maker.” Nestled between the Atlas Mountains in southern Morocco, this winding path is neither for the weak of mind nor stomach. Cliffs drop dramatically on either side, and you realize that an inch of miscalculation on the road and you could meet an unfortunate fate. If you...
a georgian toast

a georgian toast

I knew it was going to be a long day when, at 11:30 in the morning, I gurgled down young, bitter Georgian wine siphoned from a clear tube attached to a large blue barrel. The trek through Stalin’s birthplace, a snow-dusted little town called Gori in rural Georgia, had left my toes painfully numb and...
a different kind of luxury

a different kind of luxury

I had never considered myself to be a luxurious traveler until recently. I would say that 90% of my travels have been for study abroad. I was on a scholarship, a budget, and my twin bed in the dorm room wasn’t exactly my idea of luxury. It wasn’t until I was sitting in the back...
goodbye london--sincerely, your most immature resident

goodbye london–sincerely, your most immature resident

  For all of my neuroses made worse by London weather conditions—an aversion to flat hair, a desire to wear Fendi sunglasses when its been overcast for, I don’t know, three years, a heinous propensity to lose umbrellas—I am really going to miss this place.
[video] the beijing pace

[video] the beijing pace

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video must be worth a million. Follow expat Giulia Cibotti through an incredible montage that captures “The Beijing Pace.”  With a Calvin Harris soundtrack & definitive urban style, you’ll want to join the madness…that is, if you can keep up.
that time we conquered cinque terre (or did it conquer us?)

that time we conquered cinque terre (or did it conquer us?)

The math simply wasn’t in our favor. We were four girls – admittedly four fairly ambitious girls – against Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands” in Italian. Italy had the upper hand.
that time we found ourselves halfway across the world

that time we found ourselves halfway across the world

RSJ contributor Megan Edmiston lost herself & everything along with it.  So what did she do? After fighting, screaming and shedding many tears, she packed her bags and headed across the ocean.
[video] that time we witnessed a miracle in ferrara

[video] that time we witnessed a miracle in ferrara

In his closing remarks at the end of Mass, Priest Don Franco called our meeting un miracolo. Two months ago, my friends and I stumbled into an empty Cathedral in Ferrara and I wound up with an incredible opportunity to sing for a packed Palm Sunday Mass.
that time we tried to make sense of russia

that time we tried to make sense of russia

The twenty-first century is obsessed with concision.  One-hundred thirty character tweets, Sparknotes, thumb drives.  How do we reconcile a country whose history and dramas are as vast as Russia’s while satiating our appetite for bite-sized pieces? As I learned while reflecting on St. Petersburg at 2 am, sometimes we can’t.
that time we built castles in barcelona

that time we built castles in barcelona

In the war between Madrid and Barcelona, which one will you choose — the place that opens its arms, or the one that eludes you?  RSJ founder Gillian Kemmerer discusses her love affair with Barcelona (namely its people), and the city’s curious habit of escaping her grasp.
That time we crossed the thai/cambodian border

That time we crossed the thai/cambodian border

Check out RSJ Contributor Dana Bruxvoort’s first installment of the “That Time We…” series.  Dana reflects on the uncomfortable experience of renewing her Thai visa, and how sometimes all we need is a good song and a gorgeous sunrise to refresh our point of view.
what is "that time we..." ?

what is “that time we…” ?

Good question! That Time We… is a blog series dedicated to the glorious travel anecdotes of RSJ, its contributors, and its readers.  Whether you have a cautionary tale, hilarious run-in, romantic case of serendipity, or simply a reflection – WE WANT TO HEAR IT!