Leaving Joshua Tree

the Ryan Campground Our bags and our car were packed. And when I say packed, I just mean that we had basically thrown everything into our car at record speed with complete disregard for any type of organization. And when I say we, I really mean Ryan. Yes, Ryan lovingly threw everything into our car […]

Site 17

The relief that we both felt after having successfully transferred campsites was palpable. After one didn’t go as we planned day, and way too many hours spent searching for a campsite, this was a relief. A huge relief. Not only had we found a new campsite (of which we were free to spend up to […]

Into the Unkown

As we worked to pack up our car full to the brim with all of the very necessary (and unnecessary) camping gear for the next few days, I couldn’t help but take advantage of our parking garage’s acoustics, and belt out my best rendition of “Into the Unknown.” And really, it felt perfectly fitting. For […]

Walking in a Fall Wonderland

Were the leaves always this beautiful I wondered to myself? It almost felt like I had never seen such an explosion of color before. And when I flipped back through my camera roll, I almost couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I remember the leaves from my childhood just like it was yesterday, but somehow […]

Jumping Puddles with the Boston Marriott Copley Place

Rain was in the forecast, and I was as happy as a clam. Real Fall weather, real seasonal changes, and real rain. It was so good to be back in Boston. But really, it always is. – I happily found myself situated in Back Bay, at (for me) a new hotel, the Boston Marriott Copley […]

Piccola Università Tropea

I have been truly blessed to have studied at eight, maybe nine different schools in Italy. But the truth is that I have actually transferred out of three or four of those programs after the very first day. So really when it boils down to it, I have only “studied” at four different programs in […]

Calabria Without a Car

How to spend our time in Italy was something that we debated about for months. What is normally an easy decision for us, and one that I typically have a strong feeling about, was anything but. Beach or mountains? New cities, favorite cities, or a mix of new and old? Go to school, or don’t […]

3 Perfect Hours in Venice

So we basically had three hours. And even that was being a bit generous and optimistic. But really no matter how much time you have in Venice, my suggestion to you would always be the same – wander, eat good food, drink good wine, wander some more, linger while you wander, and leave happy. And […]

Going Back

It’s like I don’t remember the City being like this. Maybe it’s because we are so removed from it all now, or maybe it’s because I had just assumed that this would have always been our normal. Everything seemed so vibrantly green. There were cherry blossoms exploding with color at every corner. There were little […]

So We’re Rock People

So apparently we’re rock people now. Yeah, you know, people who like rocks? Please feel free to laugh, because even I was hesitant to admit it. But yes, we are definitely rock people. At some point during our Death Valley National Park camping trip, during one of the many hour – long excursions to look […]