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Curry Crazy on the Eating London Brick Lane Tour

Guilt prompted me to book the Eating Europe Brick Lane curry tour in London. Due to a salt beef bagel sandwich addiction fed by the nearby Beigel Bake, I spent over...

Tapas Day 2017

Tip Top Tapas on Spanish Tapas Day

An interesting cultural aspect of dining in Spain (aside from their incredibly late dinner times!) is sharing tapas. Tapas are small dishes, so a group will generally order several of...

Processing the London Bridge Terror Attacks

Processing the London Bridge Terror Attack

We almost walked right into the London Bridge terror attack. Thankfully, a friend of a friend’s warning text message arrived just in time to stop us from heading into the...

On The Town - Set

A Night “On The Town” in London’s Open Air Theatre

For a break from London and a breath of old Manhattan, head to Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre for a showing of On The Town. Choreographed and directed by Olivier...

Masurca Fogo

Lisbon in London: ‘Masurca Fogo’ Dance Review

‘Masurca Fogo’ – Pina Bausch & Dancers (1998) The late Pina Bausch’s dancers brought a refreshing splash of Lisbon to London’s Sadlers Wells Theatre during a particularly long and dreary...

Spirit Airlines

Should You Book a Flight with Spirit Airlines?

Spirit Airlines, headquartered in Florida, offers seriously cheap flights. But with mixed online reviews and possible add on fees – are plane tickets with Spirit Airlines even worth booking? I...

Virgin Money Lounge

Virgin Money Lounge in Central London

The Virgin Money Lounge Londoners regularly pay and (rightfully) complain atrocious rent. This is why the Virgin Money Lounge in Central London is so novel. The lounge, just a minute’s...

London Terror Attacks

Reflections on the London Terror Attacks

A friend’s Facebook post alerted me to the London terror attacks less than 20 minutes after they were reported. But after working next to a tube (metro) station where a...

Up&AtEm Travel on She Roams Solo

Up&AtEm Travel Interview on She Roams Solo

On International Women’s Day, She Roams Solo published an interview with freelance travel writer and Up&AtEm Travel founder, Alison Roberts-Tse, about solo female travel. The new website and online community,...

Liebster Award. Nominations

Up&AtEm Travel Liebster Award & Nominees

Thank you to Eva of Travel The Whole Wide World Receiving the Liebster Award nomination from Eva, blogger at Travel The Whole Wide World, was a wonderful honor during my...

Santorini

Top 10 Travel Highlights of 2016

I’m ready to say “sayonara” to 2K16 – a year that kicked off with a car crash and continued to metaphorically drizzle for its duration. Though coming home to J...

Trujillo

Trujillo, A Truly Encantador Spanish Town

The promise of the nation’s best cheeses lured me to the small Spanish town of Trujillo. Dreams of creamy Manchego accompanied me on the three-hour ride from Madrid, as the...

Best Travel Blog Award from BonAppetour

In August 2016, Up&AtEm Travel won the Best Travel Blog Award from BonAppetour. The competition entry,  “Travelling in South Korea: An Experience with the Korean Police Force,” came out on...

Tea

The Power of a Hot Tea in England

When threatened with a knife during a store robbery, the British employee requested to finish her tea. Although taken back, the burglar denied her the pleasure of finishing her hot...

Bonjour Paris: Pre-Departure Pondering

Ahh, Paris… Sweet paihr-ee conjures such romantic images. And in less than 24 hours, I will meet this beautiful city because last week’s pity party about the downside of London...

Om-Nom-Nama: Raw Food in London Review

I reviewed, reposted and drooled over the Nama Food Instagram account daily for two months thanks to a work partnership. Intrigued by their organic, vegan raw food concept and finding...

Santorini Stay at Ecoxenia in Oia

We chose Ecoxenia for our few days in Oia following a gorgeous Santorini wedding. The AirBNB reviews made it a pretty easy choice, but read below for a more in-depth...

Vibrant Pride Festival Photos

A whirlwind of rainbows, showers of glitter, streams of bubbles and pulsating dance beats – what’s not to love? You can literally feel the love, joy and support emanating from...

Team USA Olympic Training Center

If you'd like to see how American Olympians train, make the visit to the Team USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs!

Cheese & Wine Tasting in Hampton

Over the past decade, seemingly everyone who enjoys eating, owns a smartphone and regularly uses social media accounts is a self-declared foodie – or unabashedly uses the #foodie and #omnom[nom(nom)]...

Henley Royal Regatta Aboard the ‘Alaska’

“Oooh, I bet you’ll see loads of Toffs at the Henley Royal Regatta,” breathed my co-worker. Noticing my befuddlement she quickly added, “You know – rea-­llllllly rea-lllllly rich people in...

Sea of Bluebells at Hucking Estate

Bluebells flower each spring, dotting the ground with indigo blossoms – which, at the height of their beauty – spread out and blanket the ground in a sea of soft...

London Lumiere Festival

The free London Lumiere Festival premiered across the city of London from January 14 – 17. As the festival draws to a close, one of the trending Twitter hashtags is #LumiereLDN… with...

Statue of Liberty

Free Views of the Statue of Liberty

If you would like to free views of the Statue of Liberty from a boat without paying a cruise fee, consider boarding the free Staten Island Ferry for glimpses of...

Christmas Season Discoveries in the UK

Though the days are short and often overcast, the holiday spirit makes London living much more pleasant. Here are a few traditions that I learned about this year.

5 Ways National Rail Almost Stole Christmas Eve

Trotting out of work at 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve (not a big concession from my employer, but I’ll take what I can get), I avidly hoped to avoid the...

3 Festive Florida Events to Inspire the Holiday Spirit

Jetting out of the frigid Midwest to celebrate Christmas surrounded by palm trees may cause cognitive dissonance, but what Floridians lack in snow, they make up for in holiday spirit....

3 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Make Friends in London

Truth: It is hard to make friends in London. Although finding friends in any new city can be daunting, making acquaintances in London is especially challenging. With the list below,...

Hotel Victoria Palace in Barcelona Review

Intrigued by a hotel named Hotel Victoria Palace with only two stars and persuaded by past positive reviews, I booked three nights. Photos of the boutique accommodation belied a certain charm....

A Very Thirsty Florida Manatee

The gentle giant Florida manatee, also referred to as a sea cow, floats around in sea water all day, but loves to drink fresh water when available.  This curious fellow...