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10 Things I Learned During My First Trip to Europe

TravelMaría Elena RodríguezComment
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Hey guys! I'm back from my three weeks vacation in Europe and ready for a fresh start with ambinity. Sorry I missed our usual schedule (once a week, every Wednesday), but between the jet lag and just genuinely wanting to take a break, it was pretty hard to get back on track. #FirstWorldProblems, I know. But don't worry, you will see a new blog post this Wednesday, and I promise it will be a good one!  ;) 

Instead of doing a travel diary and bore you with a bunch of pictures that you probably already saw on Instagram, I wanted to share with you guys what I learned from this wonderful three week European Vacation in the hopes of inspiring you to make the decision too if you haven't yet! So without further do, here you go: 

1. The world is smaller than I thought

Before going to Europe, I thought every country in the Easter Hemisphere was almost unreachable. And even though it is definitely far from Puerto Rico, visiting it for the first time makes me think about all the wonderful possibilities outside my comfort zone. I may have checked a bunch of stuff off my bucket list, but I definitely added a lot more to-see's! 

2. There's no better classroom than traveling

I used to be the history nerd in high school. I loved learning about how a country became what it is through interesting people in history. I specially remember Pompeii, a city drowned by lava centuries ago, so watching it for the first time was definitely surreal and of course, highly educational. 

3. I am more aware of my surroundings 

I'm not just talking about keeping an extra eye on pocket pickers. I could literally take a break from the tens of thousand steps we took each day and be entertained by watching how people interact, act and even treat their dogs. People are interesting! You don't even have to talk to them to learn this. Try it! 

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4. it's not a myth: Parisians do have the best style ever

And speaking about people watching, you have to see Parisian women to actually believe what everyone says. Yes, they are in fact stylish, sexy and careless! I could definitely sense that je ne sais quoi.

5. We need more fresh food! 

Everything in Europe felt fresher and tastier, but much less seasoned than what I'm used to. Even though it was weird at first, I got used to eating with less seasoning pretty quickly, because I could actually enjoy the true flavors of the ingredients in my food.

Like everything, it is a matter of getting used to it. 

6. I love to eat, like, a LOT.

I specially learned this in Madrid, thanks to Mercado San Miguel and Mercado San Ildefonso. #oink 

7. When it comes to sparkling wine, I love Cava but hate Prossecco. 

What can I say? I loved Spain! 

8. Puerto Rico's colonial status is too sad/ hard to explain.

Hate to get all political here, but I felt the need to vent this. If you don't already know, Puerto Rico is one of the last colonies in the world and we have been since more than a 100 years. It is sad to explain this situation with fellow Hispanics and Europeans. I know we are worth so much more than what we credit ourselves for! 

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9. Luxury brands based in Europe cost almost half the price than in America – Jackpot! 

Remember that blog post about luxury goods I wrote a while bag? I actually purchased one of those things for actually half the price in America! Let me know if you want to know what I'm talking about. ;)

10. There is no better way to invest your money than traveling

No matter all the material things that I purchased in Europe, I would always compare it to my future trip. No money in the world can compare to the experiences that you gain while flying overseas. 

That's it guys! Let me know in the comments bellow where are you traveling next!

Until next time, 

María Elena