I’ve been absolutely MIA from my blog for the past few months, but I’ve been busy traveling all around Europe.
This past week, I had emergency surgery to remove my appendix which was an absolute shock to me and my family. I just came back from a 12 day vacation to Paris, Nice, and Barcelona and was just about to pack up and head out again for the Amalfi coast- but sadly I didn’t make it.
The day before I ran off to the hospital, I was working on a blog post about Rome, but I’ve decided to save that for later. This whole week, I was pretty sad because I realized I never actually got to see Italy during my time here. I got a Moroccan bacterial infection that caused me to miss my trip to Tuscany and Siena and my appendix caused me to miss the Amalfi coast and my final international trip to Croatia too.
However, after giving myself some time to get over missing my last few trips of the semester, I reflected on all of the amazing places I did get to see and experience this semester.
This summer, I’ll be writing posts about individual places, but I’ve decided to give you all a preview of my favorite places. I am selecting a few pictures from each place that were either my favorite parts or will be the best memories. Enjoy!
Week #1- Venice, Italy
My favorite part about Venice was the windy streets and the water everywhere. The streets were not more than 4 feet wide, and sometimes they were just dead ends that led to the canals. The bridges and canals were absolutely beautiful and this was a great first trip.
Week #2- Interlaken, Switzerland
Switzerland was my first trip outside of Italy and it was definitely a trip outside of my comfort zone. On this trip, I tried so many new things and things that I’m scared of. If you know me, you know how much I hate deep water, so kayaking was big for me. However, the craziest thing I’ve done all of abroad was definitely skydiving and I 10/10 recommend!
Week #3- Madrid, Spain and Toledo, Spain
At first, Madrid was not exactly top on my list of places to visit. However, it turned out to be one of my favorite cities. The food was amazing and there was an exciting vibe flowing through the city. Toledo was only a 30 minute train ride away and it was a different kind of beautiful. It was green and had rivers flowing all around it. Overall, these are two of the places I’d really like to return to if I ever go back to Spain.
Week # 4- Florence, Italy
Florence is a very beautiful, artsy, and quiet city compared to Rome. Everything is walking distance and there are more cool attractions than you first think. Climbing 400+ steps to see the panoramic view of the city was amazing and worth the 15 euro for the pass to do that and other museums included in the ticket.
Week #5- Rome, Italy
Week #6- Marrakech, Morocco
Morocco was hands down my favorite place that I went to during my study abroad experience. The food was AMAZING (even though I did get a bacterial infection from it oops). Morocco is a place that is absolutely nothing like Europe or America and it was amazing to see how differently people lived. The buildings, landscapes, and architecture was something that I had never seen before and I cannot wait to some day go back.
Week #7- Rome, Italy
Week #8- Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, especially its food and its city center was a truly amazing surprise. From waffles, to fries, to chocolate, to beer, it was all amazing. One of my favorite things was our Sandeman beer tour that we did (highly recommended). This tour wasn’t amazing because of the beer (although I did discover my love for Lambic Sours), it was great because we met people from Tel Aviv, Peru, Germany, and Australia. It was amazing to all talk about our travel experiences and the different places we are from. Overall, Brussels is probably my favorite “city” trip of abroad.
Week #9- Athens, Greece
Athens was a cool city that I was lucky enough to take my mom to when she came over. We stayed in Plaka, at the bottom of the Acropolis. We saw a lot of the main touristy things and did a great walking tour. The food was great here and the weather was so nice I got sunburnt in mid March!
Week #10- Dublin, Cliffs of Moher, and Galway Ireland
Ireland was one of the places that was on the top of my list. About 75% of my family is from here and my name is Irish. No, I didn’t meet any Shana’s but I did find Butler’s Chocolate store so I’m glad my family is involved in a great industry over here. The people were so friendly and the food and beer was AMAZING. The live music at the pubs was out of this world. We were blessed with a sunny weekend (crazy right) and enjoyed walking around the cliffs and listening to street music in Galway for a few hours!
Week #11 and 12- Spring Break!
Stop 1: Paris, France
Before I came here, I heard that you either like it or you don’t- well I definitely did. The rain was on and off here the entire time but that didn’t stop us. We saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Versailles, etc. We ate amazing food and it was a great city to kick off spring break!
Stop #2- Nice, France and Monte Carlo, Monaco
Nice was so different because it was a beach town. There was a long boardwalk with restaurants and shops right along the beach. It was also a 20 minute train ride to Monte Carlo where we spent one afternoon. Sam and I met up with our friend Trevor and his friends who were backpacking through Europe for the month of March.
Stop #3- Barcelona, Spain
Overall, Barcelona was definitely not my favorite city. However, when we were settled in we went to a lot of cool sights like the 1992 Olympic Stadium, Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, and an FC Barcelona game. We also hit the beach and got some great food. Our favorite food just so happened to be hot dogs and donuts. We are the picture of health!
Wow! If you made it to the bottom, thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed this post and stayed tuned for more- coming soon!
Videos of trips and more food pics can be found on my instagram handle (and soon coming to Youtube)- @foodie.impasta
Ciao for now!