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I’m Heading Back to Europe Next Week!

In Europe, Travel by Katelyn4 Comments

I’m so excited! Next Wednesday I’m heading back to Europe for 18 days! I’ve haven’t been to mainland Europe in over 7 years so this trip is long over due. My timing couldn’t be any better either as the exchange rate is high (although the dollar has fallen slightly) making Europe a bit more affordable for this budget backpacker. I originally booked …

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The Best Day Trips from Florence, Italy

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Have you ever seen the movie Under the Tuscan Sun? Isn’t it amazing?! Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies and it’s probably one of the main reasons I was dying to visit Italy. Florence is a magical Renaissance city not to be missed on any Italian vacation, but Tuscany is where my heart lies. Okay, maybe …

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8 Things to Do in Florence, Italy

In Europe, Italy, Travel by Katelyn4 Comments

When I dream of Italy, I always imagine red-tiled roofs, crammed streets filled with tourists and traffic honking to its own beat, and the impressive views of the Piazza del Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. When I think of Italy, I think of Florence. Florence, or Firenze to the locals, is a shrine to the Renaissance, one of my favorite times in history. …

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Celebrating New Years in Venice, Italy

In Europe, Italy, Travel by Katelyn4 Comments

All through my elementary school education I was fascinated by the Roman Empire and its history, culture, and politics. In college I wanted to study abroad so bad, but due to a demanding pre-med course load with several research projects in the process, studying abroad was not possible. It’s my biggest regret in college. However, my college offered several two-week …

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Road Tripping Around the North Coast of Sao Miguel (Azores)

In Europe, Portugal, Sao Miguel, Travel by Katelyn2 Comments

As soon as I checked into my hostel on Wednesday morning, I threw my backpack on my bed and immediately jumped into a tiny European rental car with my four newest travel companions. The Fashionable Filipino was the man behind the wheel and handled navigating the narrow cobblestone streets of Ponta Delgada. We hopped onto the main highway and headed …