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#sparktravels: Catalina Island

by Ayu Sofyan It’s the Catalina Wine Mixer! My childhood, my home, and my entire heart; California is always as magical as everyone makes it out to be. Just like the movies, it’s a site for famous tourist attractions, with endless Hollywood Stars, Pacific Coast beaches, the hills of San Fran, and much more. But […]

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food + drink, travel

#sparktravels: Paris in 36 Hours

by Caroline Frankenfeld written while listening to the “Midnight in Paris” movie soundtrack This past summer I had the opportunity to study abroad for two months in Sevilla, Spain where I was able to speak Spanish daily with my host familia, take Sevillanas dance classes, and study at their university.  While our beloved Austin does […]

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#sparktravels: A Bite Into The “Big Apple”

“New York, New York, I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps.” – Frank Sinatra There are songs to listen to, movies to watch, and plays written all about it. People far and near alike rant and rave about its infamous fashion week, extravagant holiday parades, unbelievable skyscrapers, and the never-ending city lights […]

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#sparktravels: A Native’s Five-Day Guide to Portugal

If it feels like your favorite bloggers and celebrities are packing their bags for Portugal, it’s probably because it’s the newest travel hotspot. This quaint country tucked along the western coast of Europe, is home to glistening beaches, eclectic palaces, and colorful cities. It’s scenic grandeur is sure to take your breath away. While I […]

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#sparktravels: Marfa Travel Diary

With a pickup truck loaded with two motorcycles and a half a dozen suitcases, we were “on the road” and headed West – 430 miles west of Austin, to be exact. The four of us were like something out of a Jack Kerouac novel, eager to escape the city for a few days and venture […]

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style, travel

Vacation Style: The Island of Guam

The opportunity to travel to Hawaii and Guam arose when my boyfriend’s family invited us to stay at their home.  They live in Guam- a place, like many people, I knew little about. Just to be clear, Guam is an island and U.S. Territory.  Think of it as a smaller, quieter Hawaii.   Brilliantly green […]

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#sparktravels: Hawai’i Travel Diary

A short while ago, I had the opportunity to go to the Hawaiian Islands. Driving through Hawai’i (I promise that’s the correct spelling and pronunciation), blasting traditional Hawaiian songs, I fell completely in love with the land. We often remarked how we felt like we were in another country – it felt too surreal, too […]

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