Lost & Found in Barcelona

Nearly everyone I spoke with said Barcelona was one of the best places they visited in Europe, but I didn't fall in love with it right away. I just couldn't quite figure it out. The architecture was beautiful and interesting. The food delicious and rich. The sangria flowed freely. And still, I found…

Pass the pierogies: Poland is a hidden gem

Christmas markets. Polish pottery. Pastel row houses. Medieval finery. Pierogies. These are now the things that come to mind when I think about Poland. It's certainly a departure from my previous reference points - my grandmother's vague heritage, sandwich cookies with spilling jam from the heart-shaped cutouts, last names that…