Florence with the Masses for Easter Sunday, Part 2

We planned our trip with travel in mind- we weren’t just visiting Italy, we were conquering it. After Siena, we took an early morning bus to Florence. Now, had we listened more to the warnings, we might have decided against Easter in Florence, but, alas, we didn’t. And it wasn’t entirely a crazy experience. A […]

Spring Break in Italy, Part 1 Siena

Where did two weeks go? Better question- where did eight months go?! Time speeds up when there isn’t a lot of it left, and I’m sorry to have been MIA. But before we get all sentimental and emotional, let’s jump back in time to a happy place. Italia. The big semana santa in which we get ten days […]

Exploring the Beauty of Portugal

When I first mentioned Portugal, my roommate gave me plenty of recommendations. He had just gone a month earlier and was one of the reasons my interest had sparked. I knew I wanted to do Lisbon, and had debated about including Porto or the south on my itinerary. But the truth was, planning so much […]

Traveling Solo for the First Time

This beginning of the end of my year in Spain starts with my solo trip to Lisbon. (And first solo trip eva.) Now starts, after a 3 month hiatus, the travel-bug life for me. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. After many months of down time, sickness, and a little bit of missing […]

Why Lisbon, Portugal is A Must Visit

I had never been to Portugal. In fact, I can honestly say it never really was high on my list. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because in a way it doesn’t make the history lessons or come to mind when one thinks of Europe. But let me set the record straight now that my mind has […]

Did Someone Say Carnival?

Carnival, or here, carnaval. A time of extremes, crazy costumes, drinking, and partying. It is the celebration of excess right before the beginning of Lent. And though I was aware of Carnaval (think Mardi Gras and things in South America) it was low on my radar that Spain actively celebrated this holiday. In fact, huge parties happen […]