Thank You Mom and Dad for Giving Me The World

Ahh, endings. The end of the most amazing semester of my life. The end of this blog – my chronicle of said semester. And now, the end of my college career. But in order to have an ending, things must first have a beginning. They must take off somehow, be given flight or make flightContinue reading “Thank You Mom and Dad for Giving Me The World”

5 Things I Learned Abroad

We go abroad for lots of reasons. We have goals. We wish to grow in ways we wouldn’t be able to at home. We want to get away, to travel the world while we still can. To see another culture, and to see ourselves through the eyes of another culture. And if we’re lucky, weContinue reading “5 Things I Learned Abroad”

The World’s Florence | What to See, Do and Eat in Florence, Italy

Ahh, Florence. The birthplace of the Renaissance, the capital of beautiful Tuscany. It was once home to the likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Brunelleschi, the Medici, and just last fall –  me. Every day from August to December of 2016, I was lucky enough to stroll those famous terracotta-colored streets and check out the local foodsContinue reading “The World’s Florence | What to See, Do and Eat in Florence, Italy”

My Florence

We’ve finally come to the (almost) end of my abroad blog. I’ve been tossing around ideas on how to close the curtain on this digital adventure for some time now. When I closed the curtain on the real-life adventure, it involved lots of running around town and seeing and eating all that I could inContinue reading “My Florence”

Exploring Transylvania | Pelisor, Peles, and Bran Castles

On day two of my Romanian adventure, I headed out to the mysterious mountains of Transylvania – a place where fairy tales, legends, vampires and mysteries abound. Transylvania, the geographic center of Romania, has been a popular destination for business-people and travelers for centuries. Its position at the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East andContinue reading “Exploring Transylvania | Pelisor, Peles, and Bran Castles”

Weekend in Romania | Bucharest

This post was originally written for Syracuse University’s writing course, WRT 424: Writing a Sense of Place. It will soon be published in the class book.  We arrived in Romania on a sunny morning in late November. I was so excited – Romania sounded like such an enchanting place. My travel buddy Andrew and IContinue reading “Weekend in Romania | Bucharest”

Adventures in Verona

Verona might just be the most under-rated city in all of Italy. Ever since I first read Romeo and Juliet, I’d wanted to see Verona. Even just walking through other Italian cities, I often found myself saying something like, “This looks just like how I pictured Romeo and Juliet!” So after two days in Venice, IContinue reading “Adventures in Verona”

Wandering Venice

Before I even knew I’d be studying in Florence, I dreamed of going to Venice. The sparkling city on the water, full of extravagant elegance at every turn, was like a far-off fairy tale to me. It was something out of the pages of an ancient romantic story, its pages telling of mysterious and festive masqueradeContinue reading “Wandering Venice”

The City of a Hundred Spires | Prague, Czech Republic

And the name isn’t an exaggeration, either – Prague is full of spires! From the world-famous castle to the old Baroque churches, all the way to the charming decorations on everyday buildings, the historical capital of Bohemia is full of old-world charm . We arrived in Prague early Friday morning and checked into our hostel,Continue reading “The City of a Hundred Spires | Prague, Czech Republic”

My Celtic Adventure | Blarney Castle and Last Days in Dublin

The next morning, the time came to leave Annascaul. We boarded the bus after an early breakfast at the hostel for our last day with our tour. Today’s agenda: the Blarney Castle and Guinness Storehouse. We spent much of the morning at the Blarney Castle, and it’s a testament to the castle’s size and intricacyContinue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Blarney Castle and Last Days in Dublin”