Chile local travel guide Emily Stuebing goes to Vina Indomita in Casablanca Valley

Chile Travel Guide: My Tips After Studying Abroad

Alright, I know I'm posting this along with my local travel guides and I'm not *technically* a Chilean local. However, I did study abroad there for a semester and will be sharing with you my Chile travel guide, which includes everything my Chilean host family and friends showed me during my semester abroad. This place is very near and dear to my heart, and I'm super excited to share it with you! From the beach to the Atacama desert to the Andes Mountains to (basically Antarctica) Patagonia in the south, Chile offers a littl[...]
Pertisau, Austria

Tirol, Austria Has the Cutest Town You Need to See

Before having visited the small alpine town of Pertisau bordering Lake Achen in Tirol, Austria, I’d never even heard of it before. What I discovered once I got there is one of Austria’s best-kept secret destinations and (not exaggerating) one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.  This spot has become so precious to me that I now make a visit every time I'm in Europe. I was even a little hesitant to tell you about it because I want to keep it hidden and all to myself! With its clear teal lake filled with n[...]

8 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

When it comes to learning a foreign language, especially as an English-speaker, it's sometimes easy to wonder, "What's the point?" Even though people speak English all around the world, making the effort to learn another language really is worth it. As some of you may know, I speak three languages other than English: German, Spanish and Portuguese. Being fluent in Foreign languages has given me so many opportunities in life that I wouldn't have had otherwise. I've been able to work abroad, and not just as an English teach[...]
Costa Rica

Costa Rica Wardrobe – Including My Designs!

Posted In: Design | Fashion | My Designs | Travel
Costa Rica is full of beauty everywhere you look. And for a Chicago native, the weather is absolutely perfect! Even though I was there during the rainy season, it didn't rain much during the day. And, it meant that all the plants were still a nice, lush green. Figuring out my Costa Rica wardrobe during the rainy season was a bit of a challenge though.Going in the rainy season, I wasn't sure what to pack and ended up bringing way more than I needed (as usual). Here are the things I actually ended up wearing thou[...]
Costa Rica

Want the Best Costa Rica Travel Tips from Locals?

Hola y pura vida! If you're interested in Costa Rica travel and want to learn more, you're in the right place. Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful scenery I've seen, the people are nice, the food is good, and it's pretty affordable (depending on what you do). If you're looking for a mix of relaxing beaches and hot springs, as well as gorgeous hikes and national parks, then Costa Rica will be perfect for you. As always, I made a point of talking to locals during my trip and put together all their advice for you! I only[...]

Chilenismos You Need to Know Before Your Trip

What are "chilenismos"? Well, to put it simply, Chilenismos are Chilean slang. And they're a big part of what I would consider a language of its own entirely: Chilean Spanish. As a junior in college I made the decision to study abroad in Valparaiso, Chile. Consequently, every Spanish-speaker I told would have one of these two things to say.  I was either told that Chile is the worst place to learn Spanish or that it is the absolute best place to learn Spanish. Why? "Because their Spanish is [...]
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This Is Graffiti You Need to See!

Valparaiso is a colorful city in every sense of the word. Of all the countries and cities I've visited, it is truly the most unique. Most noteworthy is Valparaiso's graffiti. Now, I'll be honest...  Valparaiso isn't necessarily glamorous. Trash often lines the streets, stray dogs roam the city and become your companion, and protests involving tear gas aren't necessarily an infrequent occurrence. But that's exactly what makes Valparaiso memorable and one-of-a-kind. A trip to Valparaiso is one you'll never forget. [...]

10 Essential Clothes You’ll Want On Every Trip

Posted In: Fashion | Travel
It's so hard remembering all the things you need to pack for your trip. One minute you're running around like a puppy on Adderall trying to find that flattering pair of jeans you just can't forget, and the next you're bawling your eyes out on the floor of your room convinced you might just have to stay home. This packing thing is just not worth it. (Seriously me before leaving to study abroad for a semester in Chile). Trust me, I've been there! Inevitably, as I'm packing my brand new makeup brush and five pairs[...]