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Top Three Places To Eat In Barcelona

By Abby & Walter Instagram: @picnicsnplaces

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1) Bar Martinez If you’re looking for authentic Spanish food, Bar Martinez is your spot. The bright terrace restaurant is located at the foot of Montjuic with breathtaking views over the city, port, and sea. They are known for their paella and rice dishes, which are fabulous, but be sure to go with a big group to get the most bang for your buck. We had the Mature Aged Steak sprinkled with malden salt, served with three dipping sauces — horseradish, garlic aioli, and au jus. It was perfectly cooked and worth the steep price tag. If you want to avoid a big bill, go for happy hour and sip on the rose cava (8 euro per glass) while you enjoy the stunning views of the city.

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2) Caporal Two words: cava sangria. Caporal swaps red wine typically used in sangria for the Spanish version of champagne, also known as cava. This is the bubbly cousin of the traditional Spanish drink that you need in your life. Located right off Las Ramblas, the super friendly staff and cozy atmosphere makes this restaurant the perfect afternoon pick-me-up spot. If you’re hungry, get the delicious paella, the serving is quite large and inexpensive. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, order a couple of tapas. Also, if you’re not a fan of sangria, try the refreshing mojitos! Everything we tried was phenomenal, you can’t go wrong here!

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3) Ocaña We stumbled upon this beautiful, bright restaurant while strolling around the Gothic Quarter, the artistic atmosphere is what drew us in. Turns out, Ocaña pays tribute to Jose Perez Ocana, the brilliant painter, activist, and defender of Spanish freedom from the 1970s. The colorful seats and large wooden tables on the terrace look out on one of Barcelona’s most beautiful squares, Plaça Reial. Their cocktails are wonderful, but the real magic is on the dessert menu. We tried their crema catalana, the famous dessert from Catalonia, consisting of a custard base and a caramelized, crisp sugar topping. We also tried the chocolate cake with dulce de leche, served with berries and sorbet. After you eat, you can grab a beer from the guys in the street (never pay more than $1.50 for street beer in Barcelona) and sit on the fountain in the center of the square. You can sit there for hours watching live music and dancing throughout the square. A wonderful find in a fun square in Barcelona.

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About Walter & Kelly: Growing up, both of our families emphasized the importance of eating meals together around the table. We believe it is essential not only to eat good food, but to enjoy each meal. Too many meals are shoved in your mouth while driving down the freeway, or microwaved in a plastic tray and eaten in a cubicle. Eat outside, eat somewhere with a view, find restaurants with wonderful ambiance. We are part of the revolution of food, join us!

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The Advantages of a Summer Internship in NYC

By Jake Sheinman

 

As if your parents, teachers, and advisors haven’t stressed it enough, having a summer internship is the best thing you can do to jumpstart your young career. No matter what your major is or what school you go to, having an internship during the summer will expose you to a real life work environment and teach you lessons you cannot learn in a 300 person lecture hall. Having an internship is similar to feeling like a freshman again and figuring everything out on your own, but you wouldn’t have gotten it if the company didn’t believe in you. So put your creative millennial mind to use and become an asset wherever you end up.

1)  Getting around is so easy:

New York City is one of the largest and most populated cities in the world and can seem extremely overwhelming trying to get around it for the first time. Thanks to the intricate subway system your commute will be a piece of cake. Of course during your first few weeks you might get on going the wrong way or get off at the wrong stop but hey, if you don’t fail your not even trying. And thanks to the brand new 2nd ave subway line, getting from the Upper East Side to your office is now faster, cleaner, and quieter. See available apartments we have right on 2nd ave.

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2)  Networking events:

Networking. This word gets used way too much but it really is something crucial that all interns should be doing. New York City is by far the easiest place to do it. Whether your out getting coffee and run into someone your age or meet a neighbor in your building; there are always opportunities to meet students like yourself and start building relationships with them. You never know what they can lead to. Larger companies also host more structured networking events to help their interns meet each other and higher ups at the company. If you are invited to one of these take advantage of it and make sure you got your 30-second elevator pitched nailed down!

3)  Lunch:

Even if you never have time to meet up with friends after work, getting lunch with them is one of the best things about interning in NYC. At least it was for me last summer. It’s really nice to get out of the office and see some familiar faces. Now the city is overwhelmed with small and quick chain restaurants and to be honest they are all amazing. I am sure by the end of the summer you will have your favorite lunch spots. Here are some of mine:

  • Xi’an Famous Foods (homemade authentic Chinese noodle dishes)
  • Mighty Quinn’s BBQ (the best pulled pork in the city)
  • Uma Temakeria (sushi burritos are worth the hype)
  • Num Pang Sandwich Shop (Asian inspired sandwiches)
  • Chipotle (Did you really think this wouldn’t be on the list, c’mon now)
  • Europa Café (great salad bar, easy to do with friends)

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4)  Opportunities to Learn:

This seems pretty obvious as an internship is meant to be a learning experience but it is what you make of it. Be the first one in your office every day and prove to your boss that they made the right decision by taking you under their wing for the summer. An internship will expose you to many things that seem out of the ordinary but try to adjust as quickly as possible to give yourself the best opportunity to grow. One thing I learned early on at my internship last summer was to never say no but also ask a lot of questions. By this I mean that when you are asked to do something, ensure your employer that you will get it done but do not be afraid to ask questions on how to do it. Figuring things out on your own shows strong independence skills and many employers are looking for this when making hiring decisions. Lastly, just be you in the office and make relationships with as many people as possible. You will notice that your tasks become more important and carry more value as the summer goes on.

5)  Get out on the weekends:

Now that I am abroad, I can appreciate making the most of every weekend. Even if it’s just for a day, why not go out and do or see things you never have before. After all the weekend is your time to relax and take time for yourself. Luckily for students interning in NYC over the summer, there are plenty of places to get out to on the weekend. Of course this isn’t abroad and you won’t likely be flying to another country for 2 days but NYC is surrounded by beautiful beaches and filled with places for summer activities. Here’s a few ideas:

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Beaches:

  • Hamptons
  • Jones Beach
  • Atlantic City
  • Long Branch
  • Wildwood

Entertainment:

  • Yankee Stadium
  • Citi Field
  • Outdoor Concerts
  • Central Park Movie Nights

Others:

  • Walk the high line
  • Take a boat cruise around the city
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Smorgasburg
  • Food Festivals

Regardless of what you decide to do this summer, be sure to make the most of it. An internship is a really special opportunity for students to prove their value in the workforce and hopefully get a return offer. You were recruited and given the position for a reason so go out there and do what you do best.

If you are still looking for an apartment for your internship, SAA has just launched a super exciting sub-brand InternBeds. There are tons of accommodation options all over NYC. Let us help you find your beautiful summer home in the heart of NYC. You can see all of our NYC listings here.

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5 Things to Do in Ibiza You Won’t Find on Your Average Travel Website

To most people, places like Ibiza are mainly known for their beaches and nightlife, so what usually ends up happening is that we revolve our itineraries around water adventures and beach activities. Ibiza is also a popular spot for the rich and famous, influencing many a holidaymaker to travel to the same places as their favourite celebrities, according to Holiday Hypermarket. But there is much more to this hotspot than the sand, sea and celebrities.

While there’s nothing wrong with spending your entire trip on the beach, Ibiza does have various attractions if you head inland. That’s not to say you can’t still enjoy the stunning beaches that Ibiza has to offer though.

From celebrity vacation pictures to reality TV stars documenting their beach party escapades, we can’t help but be intrigued by these picturesque holiday destinations. Even the games we play tend to put our focus on these idyllic beaches, with apps like Surf or Die taking you around the world to the places where the best waves are found, or to Hawaii through Aloha! Cluster Pays from gaming company Slingo, we seem to be obsessed with the overriding need to remind ourselves of beach holidays through different medias.

So save the relaxation and sunbathing for the first and last days of your trip, and try to fill in your week with as many land activities as possible. Here are a few ideas to help you compose your itinerary:

1. The Punta Arabí Hippy Market in Es Caná

Because of Ibiza’s artistic roots, there is an abundance of hippy markets all around the island, but the ones that you definitely want to check out are the bigger markets, which include the Punta Arabí that is and open every Wednesday in Es Caná. Here, you’ll find the work of artisans that include leather goods, antiques, trinkets, jewellery, island wear and even modern clothing lines.

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2. The Back Streets of Ibiza Town

Getting lost on your travels isn’t always such a bad thing, especially if you’re aimlessly wandering along the streets of Ibiza Town. As Emily Oakden shares with the Huffington Post, the back streets of Santa Eulalia and San Antonio offer an alternative insight into Ibiza life, as you discover shops and other local finds that you normally wouldn’t see on the oceanfront and more commercial areas of the island.

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Saddle up and see another side of Ibiza. Believe it or not, this beach destination does have some countryside you can visit. Escape the hustle and bustle of Ibiza Town and San Antonio for a magical horseback ride through peaceful hills and beautiful scenery.

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4. Escape Rooms Ibiza in Bajo

Escape rooms are all the rage right now, and if you’re up for indoor activities that will mentally challenge you, head over to Bajo and put yourself to the test in Escape Rooms Ibiza. There are plenty of rooms for you to check out, such as Wonderland, but if you really want to feel the thrills, The Zombie Apocalypse game may be a more suitable choice.

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5. History at Dalt Vila

Also known as the old part of Ibiza city, Dalt Vila is a great place to soak in all the culture and heritage of the island. It’s recommended that you spend your late afternoon here to witness spectacular views of the cathedral, Ibiza Castle, city walls and Roman ruins. And when the evening comes around, you can walk around the old city streets, which look beautiful when they’re lit up at night.

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Spring Breakers, This Is The Post You Need To Read

By Samantha Jacobs

It’s almost spring break, and you’re in Europe. The basics back in the States are blowing up your group messages with talks about Cancun and booze cruises to the Bahamas. Just when FOMO starts to set in, you realize that you have a whole new continent and 10 days to explore it. Now what?

You flip open your laptop and start assessing your options. It doesn’t take long to realize that the amount of possibilities before you are infinite, but your budget—yeah, not so much. What do you do, where do you start, how can you travel to every city on your list? Before you let that anxiety turn into a panic attack, slow down, breathe, and know that the whole Bus2alps team has been in your shoes before, and we’ve got you covered.

But it’s spring break, I want to do my own thing.

When you travel with Bus2alps, you get guides, not camp counselors. We’re here for you as much and as little as your heart desires. Our main priority (behind making sure that every single person on the bus arrives back just as healthy and thriving as when they left) is that you have an incredible time during one of the most monumental experiences you’ll ever have in life. So keep an open mind and explore these dope spring break trips we’ve put together for you. Or keep googling—this article will still be here when you give up.  

The Western Loop: Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin

* Our Reverse Western Loop on 2/23 starts in Berlin and ends in Barcelona for Abroadfest!

Okay… Five different cities in five different countries in 10 days… that’s unheard of. If you’re into exploring cities and experiencing as much of Europe as possible, this is your trip.

Barcelona… You think you know what Barcelona is like and then it turns out to be much, much more than you anticipated. The architecture of Gaudi is the most stunning thing you’ll ever see in your life. The beautiful views from  Park Guell, walks along the sandy beaches and Las Ramblas will leave you feeling giddy. The food here is amazing, and the brunch will probably get more likes than you on social media. And of course—the nightlife. We’ve got you covered with Bus2alps through exclusive club admission and deals that will help you save some euros for other adventures abroad.

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Next, we head to Paris… I mean, it’s Paris. The Eiffel Tower lighting up every hour on the hour each night is enough to make you tear up. It’s a city where you think, “wow, I’m here. I made it.” It’s a huge city with so many things to do and see (and amazing macaroons).

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Brussels is only an afternoon pit stop, but that’s all the time you need to fill up on fries, waffles and amazing chocolate (all things Belgium are all the best kinds of things). You’ll stop by Delirium- the Guinness Book of World Records winner for the bar with the most beers on tap in the world. You’ll also have time to check out the Grand-Place, complete with its famous bell tower and gold ornamented buildings.

Next stop: Amsterdam…obsessed. You’ll get swept away first by the bustling nightlife and liberal culture, but then you walk a few blocks and suddenly you’re on a quiet canal street. There are also so many different activities to pursue while in Amsterdam. You can check out the Red Light District, stop for a canal tour, explore the history inside the Anne Frank house, dig through cool thrift shops, and find bike rentals around every corner (I’m convinced that there are more bikes than people in this city.) Oh, and the stop everyone anticipates: The Heineken Experience. Everyone falls in love with Amsterdam.

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Then, we head to Berlin—the mecca for WWII and Cold War history in Europe. Although it’s somewhat newer of a city due to destruction during WWII, its culture is still unique and constantly evolving. Standing at the Berlin wall and the holocaust memorial is humbling. Berlin is home to many museums too. Overall, Berlin is a very international city, and you’ll be able to witness this through all the many different cuisines from traditional German to Asian Wok to Mexican and beyond.

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Overall, this is a trip for people with a bucket list who love exploring cities, fashion, food, history, nightlife, and everything in between.

 

Beach bunny? Here Are The Best Spring Breaks For You

By Samantha Jacobs

It’s almost spring break, and you’re in Europe. You have a whole new continent and 10 days to explore it. Now what?

You flip open your laptop and start assessing your options. It doesn’t take long to realize that the amount of possibilities before you are infinite, but your budget—yeah, not so much. Before you let that anxiety turn into a panic attack, slow down, breathe, and know that the whole Bus2alps team has been in your shoes before, and we’ve got you covered.

But it’s spring break, I want to do my own thing.

When you travel with Bus2alps, you get guides, not camp counselors. We’re here for you as much and as little as your heart desires. Our main priority (behind making sure that every single person on the bus arrives back just as healthy and thriving as when they left) is that you have an incredible time during one of the most monumental experiences you’ll ever have in life.

So keep an open mind and explore these dope spring break trips we’ve put together for you. Or keep googling—this article will still be here when you give up.

The Southern Loop – Barcelona, Seville, Lagos, Lisbon, and Madrid

Two countries on the Iberian Peninsula in one trip… That’s unheard of. Portugal and Spain are both homes to amazing architecture, intricate tiles, vibrant color, and laid-back, sunny vibes. The food alone is enough to get anyone’s attention—amazing tapas, paella, and seafood that will change your life. The first stop is Barcelona…beaches, incredible nightlife, brunch for days. You may be ready to move here by the end of your visit. 

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Then, we hit Seville. Seville is just a stop on the way to Lagos but you’ll get to feast on a mouthwatering dinner during a Flamenco dance show.

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Next, we hit Lagos: the end of the world (literally the edge of Europe). The beaches of Lagos are so pristine that you’ll never even glance at any pictures from your friend’s spring break back home. Everything about Lagos screams spring break: kayaking, surf camp, windsurfing, wake boarding. The museums and historical sites in Lagos will pull you away from the sun because you’ll want to be able to take in the culture of this city. Oh, and once again, you’ve hit a stop with amazing nightlife. IMG_1812Then, you’ll hit Lisbon: the capital of Portugal. Lisbon is the San Francisco of Europe and one of the most underrated spots that you’ll ever encounter.
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Beaches in the States will never look the same after your feet have touched the sands of Carcavelos Beach. If you’re looking for views on spring break, you’ll want to climb the towers of Lisbon as well.

Last stop: Madrid. Once again, the architecture in this city will take your breath away—the Royal Palace, Teatro Real, and the Moorish ruins are all places you’ll be able to check off your list while here. Once again, you’ve hit a nightlife city that everyone wants to experience while you’re in Europe. The famous nightclub, El Kapital, lives up to its name and will make you want to stay in Madrid for the rest of the semester rather than heading back to another week of classes.

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Each city we visit possesses a culture and identity that is incredibly unique. This trip is for those of you that want a little bit of everything—you want to experience the beachy vibes associated with spring break but also explore famous cities with monumental landmarks. You get both and much, much more with this trip.

Greece Island Hopping – Athens, Santorini, and Corfu

Quite literally a dream trip. The ferry ride to Greece is basically you and your friend’s version of a spring break cruise, but instead of heading to the Bahamas, you’re on the way to Greece (casual, right?) It’s a blast. This trip has been said to change people’s outlook on life and travel. In Athens, you’ll have the chance to experience the Acropolis… You’ve been reading about this stuff in textbooks since we were kids and now you’re there—at the birthplace of democracy and old theaters, and wow, it’s surreal. The nightlife in Athens is famous, and you and your crew will love every second of it. 

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Next stop, Santorini… white houses with incredible sunset views, ATVs, STUNNING beaches, and photo opportunities for days.

IMG_1812You’ll spend the end of your break on the island of Corfu kayaking, riding ATVs, lounging on the beaches, and going to the infamous toga party at the Pink Palace. The food is insanely good and such a perfect break from the food you never thought you’d get tired of in the city you’re currently calling home. 

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We’ve done all the work for you, now there’s only one thing left to do: choose the right one for you (I only wish “all of the above” could be an option for you). Good luck and may whatever path you choose to take lead to an unforgettable adventure.