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Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” It’s easy to form concrete opinions about a person or place from the one story we have about them. In my opinion the beauty of travel – and what separates… Read more »

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We Will Drink No Wine Until It’s Time – It’s Time!

I never did the whole “bike through Tuscany wine tour” when I studied in Florence. I didn’t go to a wine tasting in some quaint farmhouse in the Tuscan hills or take a wine course offered as an extracurricular during my study abroad. And though I grew up under the influence of my nonno, a sort-of wine connoisseur,… Read more »

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To Do: “Reevaluate Time in Italy”

Moving to Italy after graduation didn’t feel like a great leap, but more like a natural path. The idea was to come and try it out, spend a year and see how it goes. That being said, there was a lot of preparation to be done: mentally, emotionally, and literally. So in the final weeks… Read more »

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Relaxing in the City of Spas

Marco and I came to Budapest stressed, rushed and exhausted. It wasn’t intentional, it just happened that way. We ignored it, spending Friday and Saturday like good tourists, exploring the city and pushing our limits. Marco was carrying the stress in his back and in his constant headaches. My flat-soled shoes began to tear on… Read more »

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Buda. Pest.

I wanted something away from European icons like Paris, London or Amsterdam. Marco, and our bank accounts, wanted to stay in Europe. So, Eastern Europe it was! A quick scan on Ryanair and EasyJet and our option was made for us. For just 120 euro we had two roundtrip tickets from Milan to Budapest! (That’s… Read more »

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The Case For Using a Guidebook

Everybody travels differently. Some vacation, others shudder at the word. Some plan extensively, others show up. Until our recent trip to Budapest, I was a part of the latter group. I planned enough for my first international trip to Accra, Ghana to have a place to stay and a flight, which my mom’s travel agent… Read more »

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Non-touristy, touristy Italy

This past weekend we had our first houseguest over to visit and enjoy this past or Italy. I met Katrina two years ago while we were both studying in Florence. Since then I went to find her while she was vacationing in Cape Cod (vacation crashing?) and this weekend she took a train from Freiburg,… Read more »

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds

Traveling anywhere means noticing your surroundings. They say to ‘stop and smell the roses’ – this time we’ll interrupt that to take time to enjoy nature, the sky and for this particular post, the clouds. It’s one thing to look up and see beautiful rolling clouds across a blue sky or pink-stained clouds stretching long –… Read more »

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Hospitality in the Hills – the other, other spring break

“The ticket says we have to be there at least a half hour before the tour!” “What?” “The ticket says we have to be there at least a half hour early!” I yelled again through the door. Marco was in the bathroom, it was already 9:30 am and our tour was at 10. It was… Read more »

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On Culture, Church and Conditioner – The Truth Behind Culture Shock

I started going to Mass again since I moved to Italy. It’s a surreal experience for a semi-religious American. We go most often to the Duomo of Monza, which is an even grander experience than your typical chiesa, though all the churches are ornate, detailed and rich in atmosphere. You won’t find sunny churches with… Read more »