Spending four months traveling across Europe is an immense opportunity to learn about new languages, places, and cultures. My favorite way of experiencing each new place, though? Through food. In all honesty, many of my travel meals consisted of Oreos and Bounty bars from Coop Market or sad sandwiches from airports and tavole calde. Luckily, however, I… Read More My Favorite Eats Across Europe
Just two hours outside Barcelona is the hometown of Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. A scenic walk from the train station takes you to a museum of his work, entirely designed by him. The result is a labyrinth of exhibition spaces that are as shocking and fascinating as the works, themselves. Highlights include an actual room as… Read More A Step Inside the Mind of Salvador Dalí in Figueres, Spain
Bologna is absolutely beautiful. Bologna is also world renowned for its food, giving it its nickname, “The Fat.” It is the home of tortellini, mortadella (i.e. bologna / baloney), and ragù. Both of these facts combined to create a wonderful, short weekend in this medieval Italian city. My sister and I booked our train tickets… Read More Bologna “The Fat,” and Other Nicknames
Or, Capitoline Museums and Capitoline Hill. The square and palazzi were redesigned by Michelangelo, and the museums inside are home to ancient Roman artifacts, sculptures dating back to Etruscan times, and a beautiful painting gallery. Around the back is a beautiful view over the Roman forum, and the Victor Emmanuel monument and the Teatro Marcello are just… Read More Musei Capitolini & Piazza del Campidoglio
My ten day spring break escapade came to a close with the fairy tale city of Prague. After a few hours exploring Vienna in the morning, we hurried to the bus station to catch our 15€ ride from Austria to the Czech Republic. Since our bus left around 6 pm, I chose to spend most… Read More Prague: The City of a Hundred Spires (and Chimney Cakes)
Early on March 6th, after checking out of my Airbnb in Budapest that had quickly felt like home, I headed to the train station to board my 2 hour ride to Vienna, Austria. The station, while it resembled King’s Cross Station, was very unclear and required a walk through a kebab restaurant to enter an… Read More Vienna: Famous Composers, Expansive Palaces, and Twice-Fried Schnitzel
The growing and fascinating city of Budapest, Hungary was the first stop on my spring break journey, which lasted from March 3rd to 10th. I spent until the 6th in Budapest, and I learned to love the complex and beautiful place so quickly. I had no expectations, since I knew little about Budapest other than… Read More Budapest: Rich History, Ruins Bars, and Cheap Eats on the Danube
A half day spent strolling through the charming city center of Taormina, Sicily. Narrow streets, laughing groups of Italians, and bright sunshine made my time in this lively city truly magical.
Three weekends ago I had the wonderful chance to spend three days traveling around the Italian island of Sicily. My grandfather’s family is from there, so it was exciting to visit my roots. Also, I have noticed since being in Italy that my grandma’s cooking is extremely influenced by Sicilian styles of cooking (since there… Read More Drowning in History (and Cannoli) in Sicilia
One day spent trekking freely through a few thousand years of ruins. Beautifully preserved mosaics, public baths, apartments, and a large amphitheater make imagining life here in ancient times almost effortless.