Letter to Home After a Year Abroad

Hello, it’s me. Some of you may have forgotten about me while I’ve been gone. Or maybe not, considering I inundated your Instagram and Facebook feeds with pictures of my adventures. Sorry about that, I have only wanted to share my exciting adventures with the world. But I am finally returning home for the summer.…

Dubai - The Desert Destination of a Lifetime

Dubai – The Desert Destination of a Lifetime

Situated in a small country on the coast of the Arabian Peninsula lies Dubai – a sprawling oasis amidst the heat of the desert sun. Dubai has boomed from a small town in the 1990s to one of the biggest tourist destinations of the decade. After visiting there this past weekend, I can completely understand…

Rome in 48 Hours

Rome has been the center of the Catholic Church for thousands of years and was once the center of the Holy Roman Empire too. With such a rich past, it’s no wonder that the city is chock-full of important historical sites and buildings. There is so much to see and do in the city and…

The Top 4 Things to do in Heidelberg

I’ll admit it; this quaint little German town has stolen a piece of my heart after living here. There’s just something about the atmosphere and culture of the town that makes me want to move here permanently. Although I won’t be planting my roots here, I’ve learned the ins and outs of how to experience…

The Day that I Accidentally Saw the Pope and was Trampled by Old Italian Ladies

Whenever somebody travels to Rome, the first thing their friends usually tease them about is “oh are you going to see the pope?” My friends and family were exactly the same. So when I told my parents that I was going to Rome the weekend before Lent started, my dad gave me clear instructions to…

What Living in an “Unfriendly Country” Taught Me

When you think of Germany, three things usually come to mind: World War II, beer, and unfriendly people. There is no disagreeing with the fact that the rest of the world generally views Germans as unfriendly, business-like people. After living here for two semesters, I can agree. Most Germans will not be overly friendly and…

Venice – Then and Now

My parents, bless their hearts, were crazy enough to take an eight year-old to Italy. No normal parents would think that was a good investment and they took a risky gamble when they brought me to Italy for a week when I was only eight. Thankfully, their gamble paid off and I loved the trip.…