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Best Day Trips From Munich, Part 1

One of the things I love so much about living in Munich is that the location is so central, making it easy to travel (even just for a day!). While I hadn’t planned on it, in the past year I’ve taken quite a few day trips, leaving in the morning with a coffee in the train and being back in time for bed. I’ve come up with a list and wanted to start sharing these place a bit at a time, as I accumulate more cities I’ve visited as well. In today’s post I’ll be highlighting Neuschwanstein, Augsburg, SalzburgNuremberg and Dachau. Enjoy!

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Cooking in College: Easy Quinoa Salad

I remember when I first moved out after high school, I was thrilled to begin culinary life on my own: picking what goes in my fridge, creating meals that want to eat. However, as most things go, turns out it wasn’t that easy. Three meals a day (that’s what I do at least), 7 days a week, the rest of your life. As you all can probably imagine, the last two years have been a lot of trial and error: very burnt stir fry, undercooked chicken, and my fair share of chopped fingers.

What has been the hardest though the past two years has been not getting lazy and staying inspired. Most days I’m out of the house from about 9AM-7PM, and when I get home at the end of the day, very tired and hungry, the bowl of pesto pasta or some pizza is always tempting. As is grabbing a sandwich at Uni (3-5 Euros a day does add up after all, as my mother always said). And I know I’m not the only one, every person my age (actually probably all ages) shares in these woes.

Thus, I wanted to start sharing some of my recipes on the blog. I’ve started to become much better not only at making meals that are more creative, but also in portions that are easy to pack for lunch or reheat after am 8pm lecture. Fellow students/impatient cookers/susceptible to too much eating-outers, I am here for you. As a general rule of thumb, I usually cook a portion that I eat immediately, along with 2-3 servings to eat the following days.

The motto for this new series is: Simple/inexpensive ingredients, easy instructions, quick prep time, delicious food. Also I wing a lot of things, you can always give or take a little. Enjoy!

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A Weekend In Utrecht

The last week of September I headed off to the Netherlands to visit a friend from my Au Pair year in Paris. Not only was it amazing to be reunited with such a dear friend, but I also really enjoyed getting to know the city she lives in: Utrecht, a bustling town located about 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam. We spent a wonderful few days exploring, stopping along the way to shop and eat. Today’s post is all about my favorite spots I discovered in the city, things you absolutely cannot miss out on. Enjoy!

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Tips For Starting College

Hey guys! First of all, I wanted to throw in a quick thank you here to you all. I received such positive feedback on my post last week, thank you for the love!! ExploresMore has been booming, and I am so so grateful for it. Now, on to the content 😉

Starting college is an incredibly exciting time. However, that might not stop some nerves from springing up. Starting Uni is a big step; most people move out of home, to a new place filled with new people. I moved not only to a different country, but to a different continent. It can be super scary!

Today I wanted to share some tips with you guys, things I wish I had known a year ago. Starting college is filled with so much change, and for those of your going through it, I hope that this post (from one college “newbie”, or, erstie here in Germany to another) can help you guys out.

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September Roundup

Hello my lovely readers! For the past few weeks I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the blog, and in what sort of a direction I want it to go. After much consideration, I’ve decided to expand my niche, going from a travel blog to more of a lifestyle/travel blog. What can you expect with this change? To begin, more posts from the other facets of my life. Advice for applying to college, best music for long train rides and more posts about shopping/packing when it comes to traveling. The blog is still primarily travel themed, with just a slight expansion of the amount of topics I’ll be writing about.

So, I hope you guys stick around. It’s just that I do a lot more than just travel; as a full time student and working about 15 hours a week on top of that, the truth of the matter is that I can’t always be on the road!!

Today I wanted to introduce a new series to ExploresMore. Behold, my monthly roundup! Each month I wanted to start sharing some little things about the past month with you guys. Perhaps, a quick update on where travels have taken me (which you can also follow on my Instagram btw), a new carryon backpack I’ve discovered, or even which little things I’ve been loving (from jewelry to cosmetics to what I’m currently reading). So let’s get started, my September Roundup!

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Today I’m 20

I honestly don’t even know how to begin this post. Well, today I’m 20 you guys! Literally the end of a decade, I can’t believe it. So much has changed in the past year alone, let alone the last 10. Remember this post from two years ago? I feel like the Julia writing in back then was so young, yet I can still relate to her in every way.

Since then, I’ve grown up even more. Here I am, two apartments and two cities later, and still loving every minute. Year 19 was the year I moved to Munich, started college, finished my first year of college, and met some of my closest friends. It has also been the year that I truly began to value the people that have always been along for the journey, from childhood friends and high school friends to those wonderful people I met in Paris last year (some of which are here celebrating with my right now). Family is still exactly as important as it was back then, and I’ve found a newfound respect for the city (and country) I grew up in. While I’m not planning on going back, I’m thankful that it’s where I came from.

This year I continued exploring Europe, got my first serious job, and furnished my own apartment. I spent 12 straight hours in a library studying for exams, but also climbed up an abandoned tower to watch the sun rise after a (prolonged) evening out with friends. I spent a week traveling around Germany with those I love, and countless evenings in Munich with girls that have become family. Hey, last weekend I even climbed a mountain! I still can’t believe I got myself up there, but I did it. That’s just the thing I’ve learned as well: anything is possible. You can get through every shitty day, every stressful deadline, and up every damn hill.

And lastly, I am so thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you for being there and following along. ExploresMore has grown so much this past year, and I’m so excited to see what the next year will bring.

I am so thankful for this life. So so thankful! Much love, Julia


P.S. – Back to normal, non-sappy content on Thursday. :)