• Her Life in Ruins | Ancient Olympia: The Birthplace of the Olympic Games

    Ancient Olympia: The Birthplace of the Olympic Games

    February 24, 2019

    About once every two years, viewers around the world tune in to watch the Olympics. These games are rooted in a 3000 year old tradition that started in Greece’s “Valley of Gods”. Olympia was one of the major sites in Greece that helped shape the nations identity due to the Olympic Games. While the modern…

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  • The archaeological site of Akrotiri

    Akrotiri: Remnants from a Volcanic Eruption

    February 10, 2019

    Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s curious, then, that so few people know of the archaeological gem sitting at the north end of this gorgeous island. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement that was basically decimated in 1627 BC when Thera, the volcano it sits on, erupted and…

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  • The Saint Paul Winter Carnival : An Actual Winter Wonderland | Her Life in Ruins

    Saint Paul Winter Carnival – An Actual Winter Wonderland

    February 2, 2019

    Last weekend, I took off visit my best friend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she’s attending graduate school. Luckily, my visit lined up with the 133rd annual Saint Paul Winter Carnival! We jumped at the chance to visit and I am so incredibly happy we did. We were able to eat lots of delicious foods, watch…

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  • Barcelona Essentials: 7 Days the Catalan Capital

    January 27, 2019

    Barcelona is much more than just the inspiration for an Ed Sheeran song. The food, culture, and general vibe of the city was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The week that I spent in Barcelona, Spain was actually life-changing for me. Now, I’m sharing that experience (and my tips for visiting) with you!…

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  • The Sagrada Familia: An Icon 137 Years in the Making

    January 20, 2019

    The Sagrada Familia is one of the most recognized structures in Spain, and it hasn’t even been finished yet. Seriously! The first stone was laid in 1882 and there’s still about 7 years of construction left. Antoni Gaudí designed a ton of gorgeous, groundbreaking buildings, but the Sagrada Familia is something extra special. History Antoni…

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  • Dry Ground: Brewing Hops and History | Her Life in Ruins

    Dry Ground: Brewing Hops and History

    January 13, 2019

    When you think of Kentucky, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is bourbon. But, did you know that the state also has tons of awesome craft breweries? Today, I’m giving y’all an inside look at one of my favorite breweries here in the Bluegrass: Dry Ground. I’m absolutely obsessed with Dry…

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