ending on a (sicilian) high note

In a spontaneous turn of events, Aviva and I found the cheapest tickets to Sicily and ended up in Trapani – a city we knew nothing about. Thankfully, the airline gods were in our favor because the Western side of Sicily ended up being a paradise for food, amazing beaches, and wildlife. Trapani is a…

cannes film festival & grasse

After visiting the South of France, I was left wanting more. This spurred a spontaneous trip to Cannes the weekend after I visited Nice (it is very easy to get to Cannes from Milan by using a car share program, Blabla car, or by train). The Cannes Film Festival was going on when we visited,…

nice is très nice

From the flower market in the historic city center of Nice, to the luxurious streets of Monaco and the rocky beaches all along the coast, The South of France is an absolute DREAM. I fell in love with the area in the 4 days that I was there and enjoyed meeting up with my friends…

ross

I took LinkedIn photos for my friend Ross and had a blast around the Bocconi University campus in Milan.

sangria and gaudi in barcelona

Barcelona might have been my favorite city to visit abroad – tied very closely with Paris. I LOVED being able to speak Spanish and the food was beyond! The city is filled with beautiful markets and Gaudi architecture, which are complemented by the kind culture of the people in the city. I am completely enamored by the warmth…

doodle-y cards

I have always loved making cards for friends, and watercolor makes it easy and fun to do so! Here are some photos of simple cards I have made recently.

roma (& a nearly abandoned beach town)

I went to Rome with my mom, and was then persuaded (quite easily because I fell in love with the city) into going back the weekend after. The second time around, I decided to add some variety by going to a nearby beach with Hank. Before I go into the details of our beach adventure, here…

genova

Before coming to Europe, I promised myself I would travel alone at least once. Being in Milan with my second week of Spring Break starting, I decided I could escape the city for a day and cross off my bucket list task of traveling alone. I started off the day on a solo trip, and…

cinque terre

After heading to Florence for the weekend with some friends from South Carolina, we took a day trip to Cinque Terre to explore the coast before my visiting friends left Italy. My favorite towns in Cinque Terre were Monterosso and Riomaggiore. In Monterosso, we had an amazing smoothie -bucket- and were able to relax a…

bellagio

Bellagio – where I ate one of my best meals in Italy, and hiked for the first time while abroad! After arriving by train at Varenna, we took a ferry across the lake to the beautiful Bellagio. After walking around the town for a bit to reach the starting point for our hike, we jetted…

parigi, ti amo

I absolutely fell in love with Paris. It’s hard to even formulate thoughts after such a beautiful weekend! I drank wine and danced on the Seine, enjoyed modern art at several museums, and ate a lot of amazing pastries. Some places I recommend:   Marché Vernaison  – HUGE antique market! It was amazing to explore and…

ich liebe berlin

I left Berlin feeling more scholarly, enlightened, and appreciative of design. This beautiful city mixes history and art in the most amazing way! Tips from Berlin: Take a free walking tour. I’m usually not a huge fan of structured tours, but learning about the history of a city so rooted in WWII and The Cold War supplemented…