Ashley Rosa

St Petersburg, Russia; A History Lovers Delight

St Petersburg, Russia; A History Lovers Delight

St Petersburg was my starting point in Russia. I’d arrived on an overnight train from Tallinn, Estonia, and was met at the railway station by my ‘guide’, because I did travel in Russia with a tour operator. (The tour was great, still allowed time for ‘free days’ to do as …

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Russian Palaces – Day Trips From St Petersburg

Russian Palaces - Day Trips From St Petersburg

‘Peterhof’ was included as part of the trip I was on, and for Catherine’s Palace, the tour company assisted in getting me to and from the palace. Both are definitely worthwhile, although Peterhof is bigger, brasher and more golden – and has more to see within its surrounds than Catherine’s …

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Hobart Australia; An Eclectic Assortment of Experiences

Hobart Australia; An Eclectic Assortment of Experiences

I’m living in Hobart currently – I’ve been here for three months, doing my pre-departure training for a summer of work in Antarctica at an Australian base. It’s interesting, Tasmania doesn’t seem to be referred to much as a ‘must see’ by pending Australia visitors and / or travelers, it’s …

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Homestay Versus Residence While Studing Abroad

Homestay Versus Residence While Studing Abroad

So what’s better for you on your study abroad trip (séjour linguistique) – home-stay family or living in a residence? You want to make the most of your time and money, and learn as much of the language as possible, but without losing freedom or being treated like a teenager …

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Volunteering – An Experience Of A Lifetime

Volunteering - An Experience Of A Lifetime

I had been traveling quite a bit over a three month period; Boston, Las Vegas, London, Spain, Portugal. I would no sooner get home and play catch up only to be on the next flight out. I was taking in all the sights, surrounding myself with culture and meeting new …

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The Black Jaguar of the Yucatan Peninsula

The Black Jaguar of the Yucatan Peninsula

Many people have visited nearby Chichen Itzá and walked away thinking the same thing: If only we could’ve climbed to the top. If you want to visit a ruin that is remarkably well preserved, still allows you to climb most of the structures, AND is much less visited by tourists, …

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Queenstown – an Alpine Resort for All Seasons

Queenstown – an Alpine Resort for All Seasons

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu amidst spectacular mountain scenery, Queenstown sits like a prize jewel in New Zealand’s crown. Deemed the Adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown enjoys a reputation as THE place to experience a whole range of adrenaline pumping action. It is also the snowsports hub of …

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Panagea Estancia, Uruguay

Panagea Estancia, Uruguay

The fire was roaring as we stepped in the door, a little shaken from the hour-long minivan ride along a potholed dirt track, which had followed another five hours on a bus from Montevideo, Uruguay. We were certainly in the middle of nowhere, but the next few days were going …

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5 Must-See Natural Sites in Northern Arizona

5 Must-See Natural Sites in Northern Arizona

Before taking a cross-country American road trip this past summer with my sister, I had a sneaking suspicion the West would surprise me. I had seen all the photos – the Rocky Mountains, the red rocks, the canyon walls that stretch on for miles… But I had no idea just …

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Brazilian Portuguese Crash Course

Brazilian Portuguese Crash Course

“So, do you guys want to spend the weekend with my family in Macaé?” Washington asked. “Sure,” we replied, despite having no idea where Macaé might be or why anyone would go there. But the chance to spend a weekend hanging out with Brazilians on their home turf wasn’t one …

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