As 2017 is coming to an end, I reflected on my year and honestly, I am glad to be moving on. I realized nothing will ever beat my 2016 when I lived abroad. It taught me everything that I know I will never learn if I never took that leap. If circumstances allow it and I was given the chance to move abroad again, I wouldn’t hesitate to go. Continue reading “A Personal Defining Moments”
As one who moves more than anyone can count, I’d say I know a thing or two about the ins and outs of living in an apartment. In the last year and a half, I’ve moved at least 2-4x which, I came to find out that the apartments in California vs Milan have some sliiiiight differences in them.Continue reading “My Personal Comparisons of Apartments in O.C. vs Milan.”
After returning from my 4 day trip from Cinque Terre, I realised it can be done in 2 days. For anyone who likes to get in and get out, this is for you. Continue reading “How to see Cinque Terre in 2 Days”
If you asked me where to go in Italy for the day base on the trips I’ve done this month, I’d say go to Bologna. From medieval towers, antique buildings to churches, shops, restaurants and/or cafes, it’s tough not to fall for this city. Continue reading “Bologna Photo Diary”
Did you know that one of the oldest and most popular mural paintings around is in Milan? Indeed, Leonardo Di Vinci’s “The Last Supper” fresco was high up on my to-do list. Continue reading “15 min. of Leonardo Di Vinci’s “The Last Supper””
Genova really lights up during the day time. We walked around early in the morning on Sunday to take advantage of the sunny weather. I think the best time to get to know a city is when people are still asleep. At 9 in the morning, we ended up here at the port and as you can see, it was beautiful. Continue reading “Genova “Genoa” Diary – Part 2″
About an hour and a half from Milan, we arrived by train in Genova on a Saturday night. A bag in one hand and the other tucked tightly inside my jacket pocket. We maneuvered through the subway station dodging people from left to right. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but, it seems the space in Genova was tighter than normal and I mean, “close” where you can hear them breathing next to you. A few times on the way to our Airbnb apartment, I lost my balance and tripped. The roads were uneven and damaged. Although, a few women still wore high heels (props to them). I’m going to be blunt. Genova is not your picture perfect city nor is it considered pretty. We also passed through prostitutes in some of the narrow streets and I wouldn’t suggest coming here alone. However, despite of the city’s imperfections, they are still active with tourists and youngsters.
Upon entering the Medieval Gates.
Piazza de Ferrari
You can go in circles within Genova but, you’ll always loop back around Piazza de Ferrari.
Piazza de Ferrari
Christopher Columbus’ homeI had to try a pesto dish because they’re known for it and yes, it lived up to my expectations.
St. Lawrence Cathedral
Obviously, being in a different country I’m bound to face some cultural differences. There are some things I’ve noticed in Italy that caught my eye that I found odd at times yet, interesting.
Continue reading “Where am I?”
Happy Halloween! Normally, a day like today (in America) I would be prepping my Halloween costume and getting ready for a huge party at night. This year it’s obviously different as I am in Europe. Today, my school friends and I made our way to Verona, a city known for Romeo and Juliet. Continue reading “Verona, Italy”
Pisa was part of our Sienna trip. On the way back to Milan, we made a quick stop to see the PISA. After arriving, we went up on the top of the building, walked around a bit then, left. My expectation prior to arriving was that the Pisa would be larger than I imagined. To my surprise, the area it is situated in is smaller and of course, full of tourists. However, it’s worth seeing it. Continue reading “Visiting PISA, Italy”
Believe it or not but, our staycaytion in Siena was at a campsite. Prior to our trip, we looked at hostels and places that were much closer to the main center in Siena but, we couldn’t find anything within our budget. Of course, our situation was different because we did everything at the last minute ;/ Continue reading “Siena, Italy – Part 2”