Tag: friends

An Impromptu Trip to Vienna, Austria

This weekend, I explored the wonders of Prague, Capital of the Czech Republic, and through some crazy circumstances, I also got a day trip to the beautiful Vienna, Austria! The trip started as a crazy roller coaster of events. Leaving from our home city in Florence, we had to go to the bus station much ...

7 Essential Stores in Florence

With so many coffee shops and local marts everywhere you look in Florence, its difficult sometimes to weed out the good from the great. Either because of the quality of the goods, the ambience, or just the comfort of knowing they’ll always be there for me, some stores stand out to me for being an ...

10 Things Every Traveler Should Know About Florence

Florence is an amazing city, with history everywhere you go, important sites for Western art and culture, and beautiful that rivals any city in Italy. However, there are a lot of things in the daily life in Florence that a foreigner wouldn’t necessarily think about. Here are ten facts you should know before you travel ...

Mediterranean Escape: Cinque Terre Part 2!

Hello travel enthusiasts! This blog post describes Day 2 of my magical weekend trip to Cinque Terre, a set of five coastal villages on the Italian Riviera. If you have not read Part 1, check out my previous post called “Mediterranean Escape: Cinque Terre,” where I talk about stunning coastal hikes, shimmering beaches, and a ...

Mediterranean Escape: Cinque Terre

For my first trip in Italy, my friends and I decided to go to Cinque Terre, a set of five coastal villages on the Italian Riviera. Its name means “Five Lands,” and it is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Instead of booking a pre-planned trip with a tour company like Bus2Alps or Smart Trips, we ...

A First Taste of Florence

As newly arrived residents of Florence, some friends and I decided to do a self-guided walking tour one of us had found in a travel guidebook. We wanted to get a sense of what the city was like and start to learn how to get around the popular spots without feeling so lost.   We ...

A Week In Paradise

Having a semester system definitely has its pros and cons. For me, one of the best things is semester break. Just when classes seem like they are never going to end and all the assignments are starting to get overwhelming, that week long break allows you to de-stress and regain your energies. In Australia, there ...

Seoul Searching: A Reflection

Coming into this experience, I was more nervous than excited.  I wondered, was this the right time?  Why did I want to go this year? Maybe I should wait another year.  I had fear of missing out on the life I felt like I was just starting to really nurture in Philadelphia. But, I am ...

The Mindset of Making Friends

In a previous post regarding first impressions of Seoul and Hanyang University, I expressed how it finally dawned on me that I am here in a foreign country by myself, without knowing anyone.  I spent the first few days before classes by myself, navigating through campus, trying my best to stay dry.  Like the rain, ...

Weekend Trip to the Dam

So let’s just get right down to it, we all know the major appeal to study abroad don’t we? SCHOOL. Obviously, and if you say differently then you are not a goal setting, well-rounded, studious pupil… ANYWAYS the second-best reason is easily the endless travel opportunities that you have when on exchange! As you may ...