1:1000, Umbrella & Roadtrip

You’re probably wondering the significance of the bedraggled umbrella, but you'll need to know a little bit before we get to that part of the story. A year ago (at the time this was written), my dad came to visit me in Florence. I had a required Chiantishire/ winery fieldtrip during the Saturday smack-dab in... Continue Reading →

Four Spots for Firenze Aperitivo

For those unfamiliar with the concept, think happy hour meets buffet... aperitivo is bound to be your new best friend. You pay one set price for a drink (take your pick of a cocktail, wine, beer, something non-alcoholic) and it comes with a buffet. The concept of a buffet can range from some chips and... Continue Reading →

30 Thoughts [After a Semester Abroad]

The looming nostalgia is suddenly amplified; everyday, I am reminded of what I was doing this time last year when I literally lived two blocks from the Duomo. Last week I was kindly reminded by Facebook and Google Photos that it was the year year anniversary of my departure from JFK and my arrival in Florence. I thought my open letter to the... Continue Reading →

5 Things to Know Before You Order Gelato

After living in Florence for four months, I consider myself to be something of a gelato expert (check out this post about my favorite gelaterias.) While it might seem easy enough to get gelato, there are some things you should know in advance. 1. Don't be tempted by the colorful mounds: seek silver tins Any... Continue Reading →

5 Best Gelaterias in Florence

First, we need to establish two facts. Number one, ice cream and gelato are not the same. Gelato is churned at a slower rate, making it much more dense and flavorful than ice cream. Number two, Florence has the best gelato; this is probably because gelato was invented in Florence in the 16th century by... Continue Reading →

One Day in Bruges

My self-imposed schedule meant one day each in three Belgium cities: Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent. A delay in Brussels meant that I didn't arrive in Bruges until the afternoon...throwing off my seemingly perfectly timed plan. In Bruges, I was quickly captivated by the feel of a smaller town. I was enchanted by the varied architecture and... Continue Reading →

Is Brussels Worth It?

If you are even remotely considering adding Brussels to any sort of travel itinerary, chances are that someone (either in person or print) has told you that it's one of Europe's best cities and that another person has told you that visiting would be a complete and utter waste of time. So what's the case?... Continue Reading →

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