Abroad Series Part 5: Those “Ah-ha” Moments­

“For sunset we decided to go back to the first lookout point, and watch the sunset over the Danube. The sunset changed the colors of the river and the buildings and it was absolutely breathtaking to watch the old city and its buildings light up, one by one. Once the sun had set, we traveled…

Abroad Series Part 4: Floundering in Florence

If there’s anything that traveling around Firenze and Roma taught me it’s that: 1) Always check hostel ratings because sometimes you think you’ll get a good deal, but then you show up and realize the only thing you could possibly get is bed bugs and then freak out because you have no where to sleep…

Saying Goodbye to the Good Times: Abroad Series Part 3

So as I am writing this I am sitting on my balcony for the last time and our landlady is checking our apartment for everything before we leave for the last time. It seems so strange that it’s already been a little over five months in this apartment and that we now have to leave…

Falling into Place: Abroad Series Part 2

I knew from a young age that I always wanted to travel and visit all the places on the old globe my granddad had in his den. I would see pictures of my family members in different parts of the country and of the world and knew that I would want to see these places…

Whimsical Weekends: Abroad Series Part 1

It’s incredible to believe that two years ago today I submitted my application to study abroad in Barcelona for the Spring 2014 semester. Actually, I submitted two applications- to Rome and Barcelona- and had no idea as to whether I would actually be leaving Cal for a whole six months. However, through a difficult decision making…