3 Girls – 3 Nights in Cairo, Egypt

3 nights in Cairo / Giza was a dream. The energy here feels otherworldly and mystical. It feels ancient, significant, and mysterious.

I went with 2 other girls for a long weekend. We stayed at City View Hotel and I highly recommend this place; it was very centrally located and affordable. They had an airport pick up and set us up with some great tours. We were within walking distance to alot of Cairo’s main attractions, although we did not do much wandering since we didn’t have time and were unsure of the safety.

Our tour guide Mady Osama from Lets Explore Egypt is still a friend today. He was hilarious and showed us the Giza plateau, the sphinx, the pyramids of Giza (which we entered), ancient tombs (we also entered), and other ancient burial sites and pyramids. He also showed us to essential oil shops, jewelry stores, papyrus art stores, and more around Cairo. If you love essential oils like I do, Cairo is essential oil haven. I love the lotus flower and black narcissus oil I found from Siwa Perfumes.

We did another tour of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, The Hanging Church, and the Egyptian Museum. This was not through Mady. These were all some of the best things I’ve ever seen while traveling. Old Cairo is like walking back into biblical times and Giza is like visiting another planet all together. As an American these places just felt very otherworldly.

*This is not a city I would recommend trying to navigate alone. Definitely hire a tour guide.

Words can not describe how incredible this experience was to me. I feel a major connection to Egypt and it’s sacred history. I will be going back to this incredible place soon.

Here are photos from our trip around the sites of Cairo and Giza.

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Egypts oldest pyramid

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Entering a tomb

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Mosque of Muhammad Ali

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Mosque of Muhammad Ali

Mosque of Muhammad Ali

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The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum

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The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum

The Hanging Church

Where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph hid while Jesus was an infant – The Hanging Church

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My Simple Skin Care Routine While I Travel

I’ve had trouble with acne in the past and have finally figured out how to get the skin I want. It took over a year of seeing various specialists in various fields, from dermatology to functional medicine. I’ve tried A LOT of natural remedies, dietary restrictions, vitamins, etc. I refused to take antibiotics or birth control like typical western doctors wanted to prescribe me.

Here’s what I’ve learned: If you are having acne there is an imbalance on your skin and/or in your body that is saying it needs help. Don’t just mask the symptoms; find the root cause and heal it.

While traveling, your body may be under more stress and so it’s more important to take care of your skin. Here are some tips and a routine that will leave you with glowing and radiant skin while you travel.

First step, stop putting harmful chemicals and toxins on your skin. Check out this list of common ingredients to ALWAYS avoid. They ruin the microbiome of your skin, strip it’s natural oils, and some are endocrine disruptors that are linked to cancer. This is important. Opt for organic products. It’s always worth it to pay more for quality when it comes to your health and wellbeing.

Second step, Keep your space clean. Disinfect cell phone often. Clean your makeup often with an alcohol spray. Wash your pillow case a couple times a week. silk pillowcases hold less bacteria. Wash your face twice a day with the right products for your skin type. When you rinse your face, use a fresh cloth every time. Opt for Organic. Include products with probiotics.

Third step, follow this routine to get max benefits with your products. An aesthetician I trust taught me the proper routine to follow when applying your different skin treatments. It’s not just what you have, it’s how you use it. Here’s the routine:

AM

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Treat
  • Moisturize
  • Makeup Application
  • Sun Protection

PM

  • Cleanse and exfoliate
  • Tone
  • Treat
  • Moisturize

MASK APPLICATION

(before a mask at night you want to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and treat first)

  • Mask – 15 minutes and then remove
  • Tone
  • Treat
  • Moisturize

*Guide for Layering Products: Lightest to Richest

Cutting back on processed food and sugar is key as well. I stopped eating gluten and dairy and this made my skin clear up more. I also started supplementing with high quality whole food supplements that fixed nutrient deficiencies I realized I had when I got my blood paneled by a functional medicine doctor. All of these things combined will do wonders for your skin. It is true that beauty comes from the inside. If you want radiant skin you have to treat your entire body with love and nourishment.

The brand Eminence Organics is my favorite organic skincare line; handmade in Hungary. I have had amazing results with them over the last 2 years. They also plant a tree with every product sold.

Shop Eminence Organics travel sized starter set on Amazon here. 

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3 Ways Study Abroad Has Enhanced My Life

Study abroad has been a transformational experience in my life. I actually can hardly fathom how incredible it was. I got to do SO MUCH WORLD TRAVEL while completely a year of college and I met the most beautiful souls along the way. I urge everyone to live abroad at least once in their life. It is a truly expansive experience. Studying abroad in college is under-rated and I just can’t stress it enough.

I am writing this over a year after my 8 month long study abroad adventure in Thessaloniki, Greece, where I studied for two semesters at The American College of Thessaloniki. I want to share how it has enhanced my life in retrospect so that it can offer value to others in one way or another.

Here are the top 3 ways studying abroad can enhance your life:

The World is Your Playground. Study abroad made me realize how safe, easy and accessible world travel actually is. Every day was an adventure when I lived abroad and fun was as effortless as ever.World travel is a serious thrill and study abroad attracts some of the best people to travel with. There is a misconception that travel is dangerous, expensive, and only for a subgroup of people. This is just no true. There has never been a better time to travel the world. I actually spent less money than I would have at my home university while being abroad. World travel is not dangerous and I find the media to be misleading about this. I have been to over 30 countries, some as a solo female, and I never experienced any danger.

Expanded Consciousness. Living abroad in a new culture,especially solo, expands your self-awareness and your consciousness. Culture shock is good for the soul. By immersing yourself in a foreign culture you grow and expand yourself on all levels. You honestly become a more interesting person. You know who you are and who are not on a deeper level. You become more aware of your likes and dislikes. More parts of your identity are revealed by the contrast of the foreign countries collective identity. It allows you to reinvent yourself with traits you like about the places you choose to visit. Where we live is shaping who we become at every moment; living abroad will certainly stir up your identity, especially if you are vulnerable to change. You will learn to think and communicate in new ways when you live abroad. You will have more self-confidence and become more self-reliable.

A Second Home, A New Family, A World Citizen. The type of experiences you will have while studying abroad will create life long bonds with people from across the world. Your new city will feel like a second home. At least it does for me. I am in love forever with Thessaloniki and the local people who are so welcoming and kind to expats. By living in a foreign country, your geography and understanding of world history will seriously improve without even trying. You will identify less as citizen of your home country and more as a world citizen. You will see that boarders don’t mean much and that separation is mostly in our minds. Humanity will make more sense. Your cultural gap will lessen. Your heart will be more open to people of other cultures.

Have you ever lived abroad? If so, comment below one way it has enhanced your life.

 

Why A Trip To Amsterdam is Therapeutic

The architecture in Amsterdam is therapeutic alone. Add in all the city has to offer and it’s a serious mood lifter in a so many ways.

Here are a few ways a trip to Amsterdam can be therapeutic, along with photos of the city.

The Architecutre 

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It’s the best place to ride a bike. Because Who isn’t happier after a bike ride? Better yet, take a guided bike tour, make new friends from around the world, and learn some history about the city.

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You can lighten up A LOT in Amsterdam. Visit the Red Light District. Hangout in a “coffee shop,” even if you don’t like to consume marijuana, it’s obviously legal here and a part of the city’s unique culture. 

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You can get a major change in perspective – Visit the Ann Frank House. This place will leave you in silence and marvel. It’s not everywhere that you can view one of the most horrific events in modern history through the eyes of a child. You will probably shed some much needed tears. I did.

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You can chill in a magnificent park. Optional Tai Chi. Nothing is more therapeutic than sunshine and nature. Amsterdam’s parks are prime in the summer months. It’s common to see groups of people doing chi tai. So peaceful.

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People doing tai chi in the park

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Amsterdam has one of the best live music scenes. Catch a music festival. Dance. Go on a pub crawl. Make new friends. Amsterdam’s night life is hard to beat.

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ADE – Amsterdam Dance Event

You can take a relaxing boat ride through the famous canals.

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A trip to Amsterdam can be whatever you want it to be. It is a very unique city and there is something for everyone. I hope you get the chance to enjoy a therapeutic trip to Amsterdam ASAP. And if you have been there, what’s an activity you recommend?