How to Ace Study Abroad!

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to travel a bit, particularly thanks to the generosity of my school and the programs it offers. I’ve studied abroad semesters and 3-week intercessions: The winter of my sophomore year I was in Copenhagen, Denmark studying Social Entrepreneurship, my junior year was split between studying in Havana,…

Thank you for the Vegan Treats, Nurnberg

I wasn’t in this magical town for long but the time I spent there was very yummy and very affordable so much so that I considered just moving there on the basis of their yummy food accessibility. I mean, right when I arrived I had a pretzel that was a mere .65€! Sure it was…

our safe haven

a gust of wind filling my lungs with flowers ipilling over like the sweetness of your caresses a picture of honey painted on my velvet skin i sometimes forget you once wanted me i have to remind myself that i come invited i’m used to the sound of doors slamming on cold tile floors and…

the deceit of butterflies

my biggest fear is realizing i was wrong all along trusting too much has always been a fault of mine i ache all over like a fever from childhood i never learned to get over it’s the colors of a painting too tough to describe warm like songline butterflies that creep through my veins they…

“Love Letter” to Belgian Hot Chocolate

CW: colonialism and exploitation you showed me love like no other wrapped me up with your blanket warmness and it was only slightly scratchy the richness that tickled my throat settled in my belly then broke me open like a hot spring was you, hot chocolate picked cocoa beans from ghana, ivory coast, and congo…

My Geysers and Glaciers Tour

The Golden Circle Tour I booked this tour with Reykjavik Excursions and it was great! The guide was really easy to understand and was funny, explaining everything to us and making sure we are having a good time and were staying safe. Cost: 9900 ISK or about 100 USD Duration: they picked me up at…

Weekend Relaxation in Gent, Belgium!

This was the most relaxed and comfortable I had been all winter. I was originally just going to be in Reykjavik and Amsterdam but decided I wanted a little break in Gent for the New Years weekend… so I got a train ticket and set off. Train and Arriving The ride over was fairly short and,…

Dark Days in Iceland (10 days)

Last summer I decided that I wanted to spend Christmas in a dark and cold place (Why? I have no idea.) and so I booked tickets to Iceland which happened to be one of the cheapest international countries to visit from Baltimore at the time. As the days rolled closer to departure, I began questioning…

The Best Kept Secrets of Northern Spain

It’s no secret that Basque Country is a must-see for anyone who steps into Spain for it’s endless greenery, winding mountains and hidden beaches, and incredibly kind people. But, of course, I don’t just mean Bilbao. BILBAO Before heading into Spain when revealing my itinerary to some friends, one of the made a sour face…

My Class Visit to Assisi

My class, titled ‘Mystics, Philosophers, Saints and Sinners’ and taught by professor Lori King was an incredible experience. I was given the chance to re-learn and discover incredible parts of Catholicism, learn about saints and mystics, and visit several Basilicas and monasteries in Rome. We even took a day trip to Assisi, where my professor…

Meet the Colombi’s, my extended Italian family!

Something I’ll never forget — sitting down at a wooden table with a heart-warming and welcoming family, several conversations in Italian going on at once, and sharing Polenta served on a few wooden tablets. The feeling of acceptance into the family and consideration they had for me made my heart literally melt. But let me…

Learning to cook from my Italian Mamma!

I had some friends over for dinner one night and we tasked ourselves with making a simple Italian dinner, inspired by our past 3 weeks in homestays with Italian mothers who cooked Italian food. To me, 3 weeks was definitely enough to learn a thing or two and make the best food possible. We made…

Afternoon Picnicking in Ostia Antica

It finally started getting sunny and warm in Rome in early April. Because of this, I wanted to make sure I was spending my time wisely and exploring nearby neighborhoods and towns. So when my friend Shivani brought up the idea to check out Ostia Antica I jumped at it. So one lovely Saturday afternoon,…