10 Necessities for your Summer Backpacking Trip

Are you embarking on a life-changing trip to Europe this summer? Perhaps you’ve bought a one way ticket to a random country and are waiting to see where it’ll lead you. Either way, here are some tips to help you plan and pack light for your next big trip! 1. A sturdy pair of shoes:…

Reflections on Study Abroad: You Will Learn

When you study abroad, you will be challenged in every way. Everything will be new to you. You won’t understand the language, or the culture, or the people at first. You will probably get lost navigating the metro or bus system… or even the supermarket. You will be challenged, thrown in head first and, by…

Circle: Il Colosseo

It was past midnight as my friend and and I walked back to our hostel in Rome. The Colosseum was lit up in the background and as we strolled along the cobblestone street, we took the time to think of the history this architectural masterpiece had witnessed. A structure thousands of years old, perched in…

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…

Table for One: Why we should all eat alone

It’s Saturday and you’re ready for a delicious, life-changing meal. Your housework is done, you’ve done your reading and you have the whole day to yourself to explore your town. Remember that that one restaurant you’ve always wanted to try for lunch but never got around to eating there because you’re always busy? Well, now it’s…

The Dinner Diaries: Aroma, Amore e Roma

I do not have a picture of the most perfect bowl of pasta I have ever eaten… But that does not mean I don’t remember every savory bite to perfection. The restaurant that held such bowl of heaven was tucked away in a corner of Rome, underneath a staircase in walking distance to il Colosseo, but…

Why Not? Take a Crazy Chance.

For those of you Lizzie McGuire lovers out there, you will know that this is the beginning of the chorus of a fantastic number from The Lizzie McGuire Movie. During my entire study abroad experience (and also the week I was in Rome), this was my anthem for life. The song goes on to say,…

Looking for advice on travel locations?

For the spring and summer of 2014, I studied abroad in the beautiful city of Barcelona and had the opportunity to travel all over Europe. So feel free to reach out to me with any travel tips you might have for the following places: Within Spain Barcelona (a majority of the posts on the site)…

Sunsets

Sunsets are my favorite part of the day. It’s a transition between the working day and the relaxing night. And the sky turns into the most beautiful colors immaginable. Coming from Southern California, sunsets at the beach always meant bonfires and putting on oversized sweatshirts while handing out with friends. When I studied at Berkeley,…

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…