September 15, 2014

A hop, skip and a jump to another culture

At home, a flight from the Washington, D.C area (where I live) to Florida takes about two and a half hours. While there is a noticeable difference in landscape from DC to, say, a beach in Florida, the two don’t really have stark cultural differences and obviously share the same language. When I boarded my […]

September 14, 2014

Rule #1: “Global Celebrations” are a GO

Rule #1: “Global Celebrations” are a GO  After surviving food poisoning, a mouse intrusion, and a near gas explosion in our apartment…I’m happy to say it’s week 2 and I’m still kicking!  For the remainder of my blogs here I am going to make a list of Do’s and Don’ts of my Vatican experience.  Half […]

September 14, 2014

Adventures Abroad

Ciao! Or should I say Hola?   To say that I feel absolutely blessed for having an opportunity to see some of the world’s best destinations is an understatement. It had always been a dream of mine to see Barcelona and have a chance to explore the different dimensions of the Spanish culture. This past […]

September 8, 2014

The Secret to Change

Mom: “Are you nervous about Rome?” Me: “No.” …………. “I’m terrified.” Yes. Everyone is excited to study abroad. Yes. Rome is one of the most amazing cities in the world. I could not put my finger on it, but the idea of living, breathing, speaking, (and eating) the Italian lifestyle made me want to crawl […]

September 8, 2014

Ciao! The Beginning of my Adventure in the Eternal City

I’ve been in Italy for about two weeks now, and it’s been nothing short of amazing. I was fortunate enough to have my family come over with me, and we explored the Amalfi Coast and Florence before we parted ways in Rome. We saw so much in our 10 day vacation- it felt like we […]

September 8, 2014

The beginning that has no end

  Rome is truly a city of wonders. I have been here for a week and I am amazed at all of the history that rests in front of me. As I strolled past the Colosseum I realized how blessed I was to be standing in front of a monument that most people dream of […]

September 7, 2014

A New Home: It’s the Details that Matter

A New Home: It’s the Details that Matter

From Merengue, to pop, to Charleston, Trastevere’s annual festival was filled with a variety of lively music and astonishing atmospheres. Bordering Rome’s Tiber River, the festival consists of hundreds of tents that bring the ageless town of Trastevere to life. After arriving at the festival shortly before midnight, my new friends and I teamed up […]

September 7, 2014

Life in Rome as a non-permanent resident rather than a tourist

Before I delve into the amazing monuments and sites found on every travel booklet, I figured it would be more interesting to start this blog with some aspects of Rome that might not be so obvious to a person who comes with a specific touristic agenda in mind. As a new non-permanent resident of the […]

April 26, 2014

Lighting up the Night at the Via Crucis

Despite having lived in Rome for three months, as of last weekend, I had not yet been inside the Colosseum. (I know, I know…but it was on my to-do list!) I definitely didn’t expect my first time there to be after it was closed, and I certainly didn’t think I would ever see it lit […]

April 9, 2014

Oh, the people you’ll meet!

When a group of friends and I planned a vacation along the Amalfi coast for our spring break, we were thinking mostly about the places we would visit and the sights we would see. Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Atrani, and Capri — definitely a full itinerary! During the past week, I climbed mountains, swam […]

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