November 24, 2018
August 1, 2018
Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Milan & Paris
Notes on solo travel It started raining as I arrived at the Vörösmarty Square for the free walking tour in Budapest. I looked around to try and remember the shop that I saw umbrellas being sold. Before I could turn all the way, a young, South Korean woman offered to share her umbrella. I took her up on it as we stood listening to the tour intro. As the rain got heavier I realized that I needed cover of my own. I told her I was going to run and buy one. She looked at me confused and said, “you can ...
December 5, 2017
Eight reasons to travel to Brugge this fall. Best of Bruges 2017. Why you can’t miss this Venice of Belgium. You can’t visit Belgium without a stop in Brugge. Don’t be Brugge-y. And all the other catchy travel article titles about Brugge… By the time I reached Belgium this October, my twelfth country to visit in the year, I was spent. I had really lost a sense of purpose in my travel after being overwhelmed with tourist activities in Prague and having a deeply enriching cultural immersion in Peru over the summer. I made a promise to myself that ...
November 7, 2017
Prague wasn’t my idea. It was Veronica who first suggested the Eastern European city when we agreed on a trip to Amsterdam after I raved about my first visit in the fall of 2016. We had a bunch of recommendations from friends, family, and our Airbnb host, but the ultimate plans lay in the hands of the infamous Google Doc. Y’all are familiar with it. It’s that printed out document that includes the itinerary planned down to the minute. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you’re probably not the Type A planner to build one out or even ...
March 6, 2017
We stepped off of the plane and were happy to see the sun out (guns out?) after a few dreary, overcast days in Barcelona for a work conference. We made our way to the Airbnb by way of Uber, which was an extremely cheap option for getting around. The place was wild! Shout out to Pedro and Thiago for their quirky sense of style. The Casa da Padaria was the perfect Alice in Wonderland/Little Shop of Horror/Victorian play-place that we were searching hoping (?) for. Nothing prepared us for that or for the amount of time it would take to search for ...
January 8, 2017
Spain has been my favorite place to vacation to date. Most likely because of my travel companions but I’ll give the country a lot of credit. I journaled every moment of my Madrid and Barcelona experience and my heart still feels intense happiness when I read it. So, when in Madrid: ‘Arrived late and took a taxi to The Hat hostel, we gave the guy an extra €10 as a tip even though we shouldn’t have. The hostel managers were nice – the place was trendy and clean, I felt as though I was at summer camp. A girl was ...
December 20, 2016
Anytime I go to London, the trip is more so a family reunion than it is a tour of landmarks, pubs and museums so I can’t say I’ve seen much of the city. I think I prefer my visits this way but I couldn’t help but step away from the family for a bit this time. You’ll see some landmarks and traditional sites here and of course, I had to throw in some shots from my pilgrimage to Stamford Bridge (yes, I’m a Chelsea fan). March 2015 Where should I go next? Perhaps Berlin. © Copyright 2016 Akua Sencherey. All ...
December 18, 2016
Germany was an added bonus while my family and I were vacationing in London. We stayed there for two days and a night, just enough to get a taste of the town. I learned a few things while there: Hamburg is the 2nd largest city in Germany and the largest port in Europe, the word “burg” in German means castle or fortification and the town is littered with mansions and manor estates from 17th – 19th century upper class citizens known as German burghers (I don’t have many pictured here – we were on a tour bus most of the ...
December 18, 2016
Barcelona was a cosmopolitan city with a mixture of people from all over the world. I was so in awe of how relaxed and easy going the culture was. I was so impressed by that energy and ease that I dream of living there. This is my trip in totality from my travel journal. When in Barcelona: ‘Got to Barça and had to pay for the bathroom! Went straight to our Airbnb near La Sagrada Familia as we were running behind for the football match. Called our host when we got to the front of the flat and played a ...
December 18, 2016
I flew Turkish Airlines for my trip to Madrid and Barcelona and on my leg back, I had an 8-hour layover in Istanbul, Turkey. I was a bit nervous to leave the airport because of timing but I figured if I were conservative I could spend 4.5 hours and get back in time for my flight home. Lucky for me, the entire layover worked out with only a minor incident. My friend and I took the train directly from the airport to the Sultanahmet train stop next to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Dikilitaş Anıtları 2. We stopped into some ...