Tag: travel

Sydney vs. Melbourne: Did I pick the right city?

Once I decided that I wanted to study abroad in Australia, the hardest decision was choosing where in Australia. The decision was down to Sydney vs. Melbourne. I had heard great things about both, but was not sure as to which one would end up being the best fit for me. If you ask anyone ...

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 ...