Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Im Getting Swept Away!

There are just so many forms of media out there! I'm getting swallowed up! So instead of having a blog on Blogger, I will be moving over to Word Press.  Please follow me over there, or just save it as a bookmark!  Just come on over to What Would Magellan Do?  to learn more about travel!

Photo: NY Times

Monday, December 5, 2011

Travel Fashion Friday: Dublin

I decided to take the easy root in launching Friday Fashion day,  I decided to go with the city I lived in last spring... Dublin! When going to Dublin I didn't know waht to expect, I sort of assumed it to be like London, or Boston, but I was proven wrong. I realized that it is very stylish and very unique. The fashion there isn't always over the top, but people still like to bring out their personal style.  Tights and boots were a great staple to many outfits, along with tights and Brogues. The looks they had were simple and had bursts of colors when they wore black.
One brand I found to be everywhere that I never heard of was "Paul's Boutique".
Paul's Boutique is an English design company from Middlesex created by paul Slade. Paul began designing  20 years ago when he went to a club and took a suit he bought at an Oxfam thrift store and tore it apart and made it inside out. He was spotted by a top london designer who bought some jackets, and have been growing around  The United Kingdom and Ireland ever-since. The first place I noticed this brand was heading to the local produce stand and walked past a store that sold knock-offs,  the time I didn't know it, because I saw Paul's Bouttique quilted jackets hanigng up,  but I soon learned that this was a popular brand and many girls were wearing the quilted jackets that had patches saying "I <3 PB" 
Not only is it known for quilted jackets, but his purses have both wild and subtle patterns along with some really cool tassels hanging from the side.  These coats at first were a little much for me but then I really started to take a liking for them. They currently do not ship to the US but if you are in the UK or Ireland you should check them out! there is a whole floor devoted to Paul's Boutique located in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street.

Travel Fashion FridayOne of my favorite photo shoot from Vogue: Keira Knightley in Africa

One of my favorite photo shoots from Vogue shot in Africa with Keira Knightley
For the past 2 years I’ve been trying to find a fashion blog I really enjoy, and I realized that the blogs I have found, are great and a lot of time was put into them, but they didn’t have that bizzaz that I was looking for. That “bizzaz”, is traveling and fashion.  Many of the outfits I wear have been inspired from what I’ve seen whilst traveling.  For example, when I went to London back in 2005 I saw that many girls were wearing skinny jeans tucked into leather boots, a year later that was the style in America, and before that was the style my friends thought I looked funny, six years later and the style is still around (with some adjustments).
For awhile now I've been wanting to create a blog that focuses on fashion and traveling. Not just what are the essentials to packing, which is very important, but also to let you know what the style is like  in different cities and countries. This way you can keep your eye out whilst there for places to shop and see what they wear at your destination.
I am now going to make my dream into a reality, I will be posting every Friday something to do with fashion and travel.  Keep in mind that I’m pretty bad at keeping up with something like this HOWEVER I will make sure to do my best to stick with this promise!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Why should I go to the gym? To catch a bus!

s from Run Lola Run. When I actually do go to the gym I listen to this soundtrack!

I am currently on the bus coming back from Boston and I realized something very important at 6:20 in the morning…. I need to go to the gym.  It wasn’t one of those moments when you see someone with a perfect figure, because I like the way I am, a lot actually, but one of the moments where you are booking it from the T stop to South Station and you see that you have 3 minutes till the bus leaves. You can give excuses that it’s early, you are carrying too much, or that it was. Cold but at the end of the day it really comes down to the question… When was the last time I went to the gym? 
I am not ashamed of this; my boyfriend was in shock though. He knew that I used to play Frisbee all the time, however he forgot that it soon began to not fit into my schedule.  In Dublin I was used to walking everywhere and over the summer at the camp I worked at I ran everywhere in 100 degree weather.  I guess now I just have been so buy that I haven’t put time into thinking about me. After all the years I’ve been traveling I’ve been running through airports, train stations, subways, and even mountain trails.  So this is not something new to me.  I usually am always on time but when I go somewhere exciting I usually get caught up in the moment and start to run a little late.
So now… I will go to the gym in the morning after my 8am class. I’ll be on campus and will be ready to get moving. So in the future when I visit Boston or wherever in the world, that if it’s a 5 minute run I will know that I will get there in time and not be stuck on the bus sweating and being overheated.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Culture Shock: Adjusting to Life After Europe

My panorama of the Cliffs of Moher

It's been 6 months since I've ben in Ireland and I am really beginning to deal with homesickness for Dublin.   I miss walking around busy Henry Street and hanging out at the Porterhouse and getting a pint of  Porter Red.  I miss having the ability to just take a plane and land in a different country every weekend, and I miss going window shopping in one of my favorite stores, AWear.
My friends are now planning on going  next semester and I am speaking at the pre-departure meeting and  talking to parents at admission events.  This is making it even harder for me. I need to go back!

Don't get me wrong, I love being back home and seeing my friends and family, and I'm glad to be back in Burlington, I just miss Europe and my time there. Going to class everyday amused me so much. on my journey to class I would pass the old city wall,  Christ Church, St. Patrick's Cathedral all on my way to class!  I also loved that  energetic buzz in the morning that everyone has when they are walking to work. The women either ditch their heels for sneakers or speed walk in heels and the men are wearing perfect  matching suits and still looking perfect. 

I also miss having the people of Metro News hand out the morning paper with abbreviated news. "Maybe you're just meant for the city?" is what my friends say  Yes I love big cities, they excite me and are full of hidden gems, but Dublin is something different.  the fashion is another thing. I would walk around and get so much inspiration on new outfits  that I can add to my wardrobe. In Vermont the styles are more on the laid back side with a lot of skinny jeans and flannels, and baggy sweaters. Dublin had this magic that I am really missing right now. 

Here are some ways I’m “trying” to get over this situation:

  1. Watching movies that take place in Ireland. It’s nice seeing where I was for the past year, I try to watch historical movies but a chick flick every once in a while isn’t too bad. I currently have that earning to travel.
  2. I’ve currently had the desire to travel much more. So for that I am reading the book This Car is For Sale by Jeroen Van Bergeijk. This way I can at least read other people’s experiences.
  3. I look at AWear’s website and read their blog. Here I can read up on current fashions, and tell myself that even though they now ship to the US I shouldn’t buy everything I see on there.
  4. I still listen to BBC Radio 1 but I also listen to Dublin FM 98FM on my iPhone, thanks to the free live streaming app!
  5. I talk up to anyone and everyone I meet to study abroad, if not to Ireland, then to anywhere in the world. It’s the best experience and a great opportunity for you!
  6. Every once in a while I go to RiRa’s an Irish pub located in Burlington, and order a Smithwicks and argue with my friend that the “w” is silent.

With these steps, I can at least miss Dublin but not sulk over it. Today I took my yearning to go somewhere by heading downtown and going to  a coffee place to do my  homework. If anything I need a change of scene.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Mini Blog Vacation

Sorry for not writing for awhile... I've been so busy with classes and the play that I manage. Thankfully, long video project and play pracices and performances have commenced, and I can now come back to focusing on "What Would Magellan Do?"!
To begin, my other job on campus apart from managing the shows,is to work on in the study abroad office. While working there I have come up with a few video ideas for making the program grow, and to make both students and parents either current of prospective, to look into going abroad! This leads me to some VERY exciting news...
I will be going to Morocco this Spring Break!!!!!!!!!
Yes, that did need ti's own paragraph and many explanation points! I am so excited about it! I've wanted to go to Morocco forever, I honestly want to say since I was 10, because I remember having a picture up on my wall of it. I'm getting to go here because there is a class offered at Champlain which allows students to go to Morroco during spring break and learn about the culture and apply it to their major! What could be better for a girl wanting to go into travel journalism? I am beyond excited, and can not wait till the spring! Now I just need to get through these classes!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple Picking: Shelbourne Farms Vermont

When it's fall,  you suddenly want to pick pumpkins, wear your warm colored clothes, and go apple picking! This past weekend, my friends and I went to Shelbourne Farms, which is located right down the road from our school .  For one dollar a pound, you can pick as many apples that you want  and as many types as you want. 

Shelbourne farms offers different actitives year round from a tour of their vineyards, to picking pumpkins and strawberries. there is always something going on. One of the most popular events is apple picking.  there are usually tons of people scavenging for apples. however the orchard is so large that it's easy to find a place hidden from the other apple pickers. We found this one tree that was covered in apples. I've never seen so many apple son tree before in my life. 

Not only can you pick your own apples, but you can also go to the Apple Cafe located near the entrance and the store. You can get freshly made apple cider doughnuts,  Brown Apple Betty's, apple pie, and nice cold glasses of apple cider.  They even have one that has mint in it! It is very refreshing and really good, the only down side is that it's very sweet.

The next time you go to Vermont, make a stop at Shelbourne Farms. There are many great things to do there for all ages.  You can also take in the beauty of  the landscape. You can see Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.  I've added a video I made from my trip to orchards.  

Saturday, October 1, 2011


I used to think that hostels were to be unclean,  with rooms filled with people with barely any floor room. In 2006 when I went to Australia, the group I traveled with stayed at a hostel in Darwin and it certainly made me realize that hostels weren't these massive rooms filled to the brim with people.  It was very clean and had four persons rooms. They were however extremely strict banning men from the women's floor and vice versa.  The mattresses had rubber lining and the shower was a shower head on the wall of the bathroom.  My view on hostels were better, but not as great as a hotel.

Photo Credit: Surf N Stay
Now let's fast forward five years, and I am in Strandhill Ireland. My friends and I went up here  in January and surprisingly.. . learned how to surf! when we arrived at the Surf N Stay Hostel, we  found ourselves looking at an old house.  We walked in and met the owner,  and he was very friendly and shows us to our room. We were traveling with 6 people so we stayed in the 10 person room.  We found out that we were the only people in there, which was a nice feeling, and we placed our stuff down. That night we hung out in the living room where they offered tons of DVDs and VHS's. MOre people came into the room and hung out and it was a very homely experience. We met more people as the days went on and to this day I still remain in contact with them.  This weekend really opened up my mind to hostels.

Photo Credit:  Rivoli Cinema Hostel
Over spring break when I went to Portugal, I stayed at two really great hostels one rated the top hostel in the world on Hostel World.  The first hostel we stayed at was the Rivoli Cinema Hostel. this hostel was located right downtown in Porto and was in this old building across from the Rivoli Cinema. The hostel was created by two women who love movies. each room has a different theme, there is the Amelie room, the Taranitno room, Tim Burton room and the Sofia Coppola room.  I stayed in the the Tarantino room where there was this really cool cartoon illustration of the famous picture of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson which hung over the bed. The whole hostel had a great modern feel with a great patio on the roof. Throughout the hostel there are movie posters hung up. For the sign that identified the bathrooms, they had mini Psycho posters with the letters "W.C" and the laundry room, had a Fight Club poster on the door. This place had a very relaxed feel to it, and Bon Iver and Jackson was constantly playing on the sound system. In the morning, everyone would sit down  in the reception area and  help themselves to Nutella, cereal, toast coffee and tea. If you are ever in Porto, I highly recommend staying here.

Photo Credit:  Travellers House

If you go to Strandhill (found right outside of Sligo) or Portugal I suggest that you go to these three hostels, you will gain so much from staying there and they are all very affordable. The best place to book these hostels is on, where you can read other people's reviews.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Coming up next week… Boston!

Stay tuned for updates on what to do in Boston. From where to go to the latest street fashion.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Megabus... The Best Way to Travel on a Dime

Keep a lookout for this sign! 

This weekend I will be taking advantage of the Megabus going from Burlington Vermont to Boston Massachusetts! While I'm there I will be telling you the cool things that I saw whilst there. As of right now I will share with you the great advantages of traveling with Megabus. 

Megabus began in England in 2003, as popularity grew they expanded to Scotland and Wales.  In 2006 it came over to America and is constantly adding more destination. What makes these buses so great is that they are very affordable; if you plan in advance you can find tickets for $1.00 each way!  My trip to Boston is costing me $10.50 round trip! You can't beat that! I've taken the bus at home from Philadelphia to New York City for $20, which is almost half of what I would have to pay for one way if I took the train. 

The buses are all air conditioned, the drivers are friendly and there is plenty of room, some of them are double-decker buses! Another bonus to this bus is that there is wireless! This may not seem like a major thing to some people, but I take the train back and forth from Vermont to Philadelphia, a long 10 and a half hour train ride with no Internet.  I don't need the Internet to be on social media websites, I just would like Internet to watch movie on Hulu, or work o a paper by researching online. 

Megabus is a great way to travel for not a lot of money, I highly suggest it and hope that if you are planning a trip to the following places  you will consider them! 

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Monday, September 12, 2011


Here is my Tumblr page where I post panoramas, I've taken throughout my travels.

The Cliffs of Moher, Western Coast of Ireland

Russell Square, London United Kingdom

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where Would You Go?

I asked a few of my friends the question, "If you could go anywhere... Where would it be?" Take a look at what they said. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Zealand flash mob

New Zealand is getting all excited for the Rugby World Cup which will begin this friday, the 9th, in New Zealand. To celebrate fans created a flash mob of the famous Haka which is a traditional Maori (tribe of New Zealand) dance that the New Zealand All Blacks perform before every match to intimidate the apposing team.

Fans throughout New Zealand randomly appeared at shopping centers, and streets all began to do the traditional dance.  

Here is the link from the BBC where I found out about it:  

BBC News: New Zealand flash mobs perform Haka Dance

Photo Credits:  Cornell Rugby

The Essentials to Traveling

Amsterdam Netherlands

Through out the year, I have been a contributing writer to the website College Gloss which is a website devoted to female college students and covers topics that are related to college and graduation. I wrote a blog on studying abroad and when I came back from Dublin I made a list of what I think are the essential when it comes to traveling. Here are two of the tips I have come up with.
Pack Lightly
One thing that I found to be essential in traveling for a weekend or even a week is how easy it is to make so many different outfits out of a few items of clothes.  Some airlines are a really cheap, but they make up for the low prices by charging for pretty much everything! The carry on bag restriction is very strict with the rule of just one bag.  If you carry a backpack and a purse, you’ll need to stuff your purse in your bag. If you are traveling for more than a few days, this can be difficult.
Here is my suggestion on what to pack for a week of traveling: 2 Jeans, 7 pairs of socks and underwear, a dress, tights, flats, sneakers, t-shirt to sleep in, and two tank tops to wear under other shirts, a coat and a sweatshirt. I managed to pack all of this into my small backpack and I also had a small purse jammed inside. If you can plan your outfits and not wait to the very last minute, you will be set to have clothes for the trip that make you comfortable and stylish.
 Ask the locals
If you want to find something to do, or learn about a good affordable place to eat ask someone who lives there. In our hostel in Portugal, one of the men who worked in our hostel wrote and circled all the places to go.  In Porto, we went to a restaurant where there were just locals, and unlike the other restaurants we went to, the menu was just in Portuguese. We had to guess what we were ordering, but the food was delicious.  Locals usually love to help show off where they live! Just make sure you don’t wander off with one alone (safety first!)
Click on the link below to check out my full article!

Jet setter: 8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Travels

Travel is Apart of Me

Cape Roca Portugal: the westernmost point in Europe 
As Stated before, my name is Brooke and I am a senior studying broadcasting. Over the years I've fallen in love with the idea of traveling to every part of the world and learning new cultures. I was brought up in a house where we were are very international.  I grew up knowing people from both Mexico and France, and picking up sayings and parts of their cultures.  This is what makes who I am, and from a very little age I wanted to learn more about other people's cultures.  Here is an example of how I was brought up. 

A typical Sunday in the Stuart house:
 It’s 7 am on a Sunday morning; my parents, dog and I are all gathered around the television waiting for kick off. Not American Football, like most families, but Arsenal, the soccer team apart of the Barclay’s Premiere League from England.  We watch the game, and at half time my dad makes breakfast, usually potatoes, bacon and some sort of style of egg, it’s always delicious, my mom makes tea. The second half of game we are cheering for our Gunners. After the game we get ready for the day, and start to get ready for when my Grandfather and Godmother come over for our weekly Sunday Night dinner. When preparing dinner, my dad plays music, usually classical, French, or Brazilian; it all depends on his mood. We are all usually humming or dancing when we hear the music. If someone sneezes we either reply saying  “gazuntite” or  “salute!”.  

Now I just want to see more and experience more.