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8 Reasons Why I Am Grateful To Italy

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Why Italy? And not one of the many other incredible places to call home in this world. All I know is my own reality and life in il bel paese has come with its fair share of hardships, sure, but has given me far more than I’ve probably provided in return. In honor of Thanksgiving, a holiday I have always loved despite its dubious birth, here is my own personal list of (just a few) reasons why I grateful for…

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24 hours, culture, day trip, food, restaurant, road trip, shopping, tips, travel

The Czechia Town Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale: Český Krumlov

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You almost can’t believe that this town was the backdrop for one of the cheesiest horror movies of my youth. But it is. Think back to 2005. It was one of the most important years of my life, I had just got done teaching English to middle school students in a southern city in China, about to embark on a year’s study abroad adventure in Florence. It was before I had a Facebook account, when people still sent long personal emails and…

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36 hours, American in Italy, fashion, food, italy, life, opinion, restaurant, shopping, tips, travel

Two Nights In Monti, Rome’s Perfect Central Neighborhood

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On my many return trips to Rome, I’ve been on the hunt to discover it neighborhood and neighborhood. It’s vast size requires that you have somewhat of a plan, the blisters on the bottom of my feet and well-worn boot heels are physical war-wounds from past trips where I would just “walk aimlessly” from A to B. Sounds like the plot to “Roman Holiday” but only if your idea of a vacation comes with multiple trips to the Pharmacy and…

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November Events in Florence, Italy

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In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year. ― Cynthia Rylant, In November   While Tuscans aren’t in love with cinnamon like us Americans, this quote does ring a bell personally.  I absolutely adore the month of November. A…

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24 hours, culture, opinion, politics, road trip, tips, tours, travel, uncategorised

Why I’ll Never Forget The Czech City of Telč

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I’ll never forget the day of June 24th, 2016.   Nico and I were in a cute and spacious apartment in the picturesque town of Telč, nestled on the border of Monrovia and Bohemia in Czechia, just under a two hour drive from Prague. It’s the kind of place you imagine cornered in a Disney-world kingdom, complete with colorful architecture and tranquil small ponds surrounding the town. You know, where happy Czech people sing folk songs while offering you huge pints…

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72 hours, art, culture, food, history, tips, tours, travel, uncategorised

Three Unique Ways To Discover Prague For The First Time

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Pretty much everyone I personally know who has been to Prague has told me of a city that seems straight out of a postcard. Cobble-stoned streets (that kill your feet), interesting architecture and a vast, somewhat complicated, past. It’s also wildly known as a backpacker mecca, a bit how Chiang Mai is a blogger mecca, the low prices attractive a euro-trip cheap type of adventure.   Honestly I almost avoided going because of that. I didn’t really wanting to be…

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