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”

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”

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”

My Celtic Adventure | Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula

Galway set the quaint-ness bar pretty high, but our night in Killarney was a good competitor. We overnighted at a hostel downtown just minutes from a small web of shops, restaurants and a beautiful church. Killarney’s main attraction, though, is its national park – a sprawling 25,425 acres (about 40 square miles) of forests, lakes,Continue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula”

My Celtic Adventure | Ireland’s Western Atlantic Coast

The past few days had been so full of breathtaking beauty that I couldn’t imagine there being any left in the country to see. But, I learned that Ireland is a country full of surprises, and it’s wealth of beauty proved endless. We woke in Derry where we’d spent the previous night and boarded theContinue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Ireland’s Western Atlantic Coast”

My Celtic Adventure | Northern Ireland

My dream trip had officially begun! Camilla and I met our tour guide, Shaun, and about 20 other travelers from all over the world for a six day tour of Ireland. Leaving from Dublin we’d head north, then make a loop through the west and south before returning to Dublin. At first, we really weren’tContinue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Northern Ireland”

My Visit To Interlaken, Switzerland

“When you go to Switzerland, you will find that everything there is perfect,” my host mother told me Thursday night. And how right she was. I chose Interlaken, Switzerland to be my first big, outside-Italy weekend excursion this semester. What a great country to start with. Hiking, fresh Alpine air, chocolate, Swiss cottages, more chocolateContinue reading “My Visit To Interlaken, Switzerland”