Viareggio, Lucca

Ohh how I missed the ocean. After class, my roommate and I decided to take a train to Viareggio in Lucca. Unfortunately, there were some technical issues with our first train and we were immobile for a bit – but luckily we met Matteo, an adorable and extremely helpful local from Viareggio. He assisted us in booking a new…

Carissa in Caparsa

Happy 4th of July? Instead of celebrating with copious amounts of subpar beer, I celebrated by visiting one of the most beautiful wineries in the Tuscan region of Siena, Azienda Agraria Caparsa. Caparsa can be found in Radda in Chianti, a small town composed of arguably some of the best wine in Italy. We arrived by bus…

A Piece of Pisa

I am the biggest tourist abroad. My professor once corrected me by suggesting that I use the term traveler, but who am I kidding? I am most definitely a tourist. I walk around with my camera around my neck, I’m constantly glued to my map navigating new roads, and yet I still ask locals, “Scusi, dove é ____?” But, in Pisa… absolutely everyone in sight is a tourist. It…

San Gimignano e Siena

After a few weeks in Italy, Accent arranged a guided excursion to San Gimignano and Siena. San Gimignano was exceptionally beautiful – There were stunning panoramic views, adorable shops, talented artists, great people, and an all around wonderful atmosphere. Unfortunately, we did not spend nearly enough time there as I would have liked. Luckily, just a few weeks later, I…

Climbing and Dining in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre means “five lands” and is precisely made up of five small towns that hug the southern part of the Ligurian Coast of Italy. The five towns, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare are absolutely breathtaking. Due to climate conditions, Riomaggiore was inaccessible, so we went directly to Manarola. Cinque Terre holds a transcendent…

A Week in Firenze

For my first week in Italy, I documented a detailed explanation of my days, just to explain what life in Europe was like for a first timer. During the first week, there was an abnormally humid heatwave that passed through – I was lost, found gelato, and finally the weather mellowed out just long enough to wear pants for a day. Day 1 / Uno: Four…

Israel isReal

A few years doesn’t sound like much, but it feels like it’s been ages since my first international trip. In the Summer of 2011, my step-sister and I traveled with Birthright to Israel. For those of you unaware of Birthright, it’s an educational trip fully-funded by generous donations and the Israeli Government. Birthright’s goal is…

So it begins…

I don’t exactly know what started it all, but I have always had a crazy fascination with travel and adventure. I thought that was completely normal, doesn’t everyone want to experience the world? Unfortunately no. There are just a select few who are willing to trade their comfort zone for a different time zone. I’d…