Wonder of the World

If you’ve ever visited a wonder of the world, I’m sure you know how surreal it feels to be standing in front of it. For example, when I saw the Coliseum in Rome, I cried as I tried to fathom if the moment was real or not. But, when I visited Chichen Itza this past…

Preparing for a Week in Europe

Wanderlust. The core of my being. Also the thing that has kept me anticipating my next adventure whether it is Santiago, Chile or Madrid, Spain. Europe won this round, but my Latin soul will surely take flight soon. My feet have been planted in the United States for almost 5 months now, and as the…

Weekend Roadtrip To Colorful Colorado

What do you do when your best friend turns twenty-one? Duh. You take a road trip to Denver. After twelve long hours across four states in a Nissan Altima Coupe, we finally arrived in the Centennial State. It was my turn to drive when we crossed the New Mexico/Colorado border and I had never seen something so…

Beach, Please.

  Exploring a new country is a mix of excitement and anxiety, and most of the time, you can’t distinguish between the two. However, Costa Rica made it pretty easy to relax and just enjoy the ride. Costa Rica has no shortage of things to do between the range of volcanoes, labyrinth of rivers, and…

A Day in Florence

A spontaneous, four-hour road trip to Florence, Italy in the bitter cold of January sounds like a good idea, right? Fortunately for me, it was. Four Italians. One American. Zero English. Well, we did have google translate, but that only goes so far. The thing I remember most about Florence was how alive it felt. It was…

The ‘Burgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   Probably most known for being the home of the Steelers. For me, it was the first ‘big city’ I ever went to. I was eighteen, fresh out of high school and ready for adventure. So, when your friends ask you if you want to go on a fifteen hour road-trip to Pennsylvania,…

Two Ukes Take On Costa Rica

Two best friends + Two little ukuleles = Four weeks of adventure     When I decided to bring my ukulele on my trip to Costa Rica this summer, I had no idea the impact it would have on me. I simply thought that I was bringing it in case I had some extra time…

Under the Roman Pines

Italia. The country that stole my heart. How is it possible that I felt so at home in a place where I couldn’t speak the language? I’ll tell you how. Sometimes, we don’t need words to connect to people. Sometimes all it takes is smile, a kind gesture, or the famous cheek-kisses every time someone…

Up & Away

“Ladies and gentlemen, as we prepare for take off please fasten your seat belts, make sure your items are stowed away, and that your seat is in the upright position.” – pretty much every airline that I’ve ever been on

New Years in Rome

                                                         Tre! Due! Uno! BUON ANNO! I wish I could say that I spent my New Year’s celebration partying the night away in a crowd of people in…