Kicking off my Italian Adventure in Florence

I hopped on a bus bright and early from Milan to Florence hoping to see some beautiful Italian countryside along the way. While parts of it were beautiful, I was overall not super impressed and was a bit surprised when the majority of the road between Bologna and Florence was actually tunnels underneath theĀ Apennine Mountains….

Packing for Italy; my First Ever Livestream

If you didn’t already know, I booked a two week backpacking trip around Italy departing the day after my last exam (fingers crossed I don’t have to do any retakes). If I was going to be living in Italy for the last 5 months, I figured I had better take the time to see the…

Why Milan isn’t as Bad as Italians Claim

This past week was quite busy. Between studying, exams, a group project presentation, and preparing for my trip, I didn’t have a whole lot of spare time. But when I got a text from my best friend from Frankfurt School that she would have a brief moment in her busy schedule to visit me in Milan,…

Setting the Groundwork to Live Life Fluidly

If you follow either my Instagram or Facebook then this photo might look familiar to you. If not, then I highly suggest you take a look because I’ve been stepping up my Insta-game lately. But right now, we’re going to dive a bit deeper into life’s great meaning as I somehow always end up doing in these…

Looking to Join the Real World; My Job Hunt so Far

I’m assuming most of you have caught onto the fact that this is the last semester of my Master’s degree. Just last week I sat my final lecture and all that remains is a group project, two finals, and my Master Thesis. As I do not have the luxury of a full bank account to…

Field Trip to Switzerland

Now that the semester is drawing to a close, my professors have made a switch from lecturing straight out of the book, to more hands-on, real world examples. One course took this methodology to an extreme with my first college “field trip” since my Geology of the Pacific Northwest class in community college. Mind you,…

Why you Should Backpack Scandinavia this Summer

When you hear Scandinavia, do you think of snow, Santa, killer healthcare, and a bunch of tall, ridiculously attractive blonde guys? Yea? Me too, or at least I used to. Back in 2015 when I was studying abroad in Berlin, I decided to take my very first backpacking trip to the Nordics. I made the…

My Weekend at Milano Design Week

Fuorisalone (or Design Week in English) is one of the biggest weeks of the year for Milan, possibly even bigger than Fashion Week and by far more accessible to the general public.  It lasts a whole week and is spread out all over the city. It’s mostly for interior design, lighting and other housing materials…

My Dental Emergency in Italy

I wake up just as I do on any other day. After some (quick) causal scrolling through social media I crawl out of bed (or rather climb since I’m in a bunk at this flat) and make my way immediately to the bathroom where I use the toilet, and put my hair up and out…

A Beginners Guide to Germany; 25 Tips to help Bridge the Culture Gap

Ah Germany, land of the punctual, recycling, and schnitzel. I recently returned to the country after having lived there for a couple years. While I didn’t experience any culture shock this time around, it served as a reminder of all the things that had once been learning curves. I also had with me my friend…