europe, italy, Rome

Back to Rome: Day Trip to Tuscany

Sunday was another magical day to a place I again never expected to visit: Tuscany. Our first stop was at “The Town of Fine Towers,” San Gimignano, a rustic medieval town with preserved tower houses and remarkable views. The stone streets and buildings of the city with its views of the surrounding green valley were… Continue reading Back to Rome: Day Trip to Tuscany

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Back to Rome: Day Trip to Florence

Ciao Firenze! Our first night in Florence was short and sweet. After a ride on the high speed train from Rome, we reached Hotel Victoria. Immediately after arriving, we enjoyed an all-you-can-eat dinner at a lovely restaurant. We were served four types of pastas and the best bread sticks I have ever eaten, along with… Continue reading Back to Rome: Day Trip to Florence

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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 3

Swimming, boating and the beach — my favorite things! We arrived at Positano Saturday morning, a cliffside village lined with narrow streets and cute boutiques and cafes. Upon our arrival, we rented a boat to take us to a prime cliff-jumping and swimming area around the corner. The boat took us to the spot, and… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 3

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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 2

Good morning Sorrento! After an impressive breakfast buffet at the Sister Hostel, the “Hofstra Romans” strolled down to the port to board the ferry. There were many other Bus2Alps guides and students there, but our day was special because after the ferry, we were getting on our own private tour boat. Did I mention where… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 2

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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 1

I woke up our first Thursday in Rome as a class even happier than usual, because we were leaving for a weekend getaway in Sorrento. After a meeting and a short film about Pompeii, we grabbed lunch, packed and filled the bus with much eagerness for the unknown adventures that lay ahead. For this trip,… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 1

Florida

Good Eats: Fort Lauderdale

Something I believe in is that a good vacay requires good food. Luckily, I can always count on my dad to find the juiciest steaks, freshest seafood and best sushi joints around, and our trip to Fort Lauderdale was no different. For three nights and three and a half days, my dad and I found… Continue reading Good Eats: Fort Lauderdale

Colorado

Frisco, Colorado: Good Eats

Food is a key ingredient to a fantastic vacation. Here are some of the yummy tastes I got to enjoy during my time in Frisco. Night One: Besides the skiing, something we really look forward to about Frisco is the incredible sushi joint called Kemosabe. It’s a small place that does not take reservations, so… Continue reading Frisco, Colorado: Good Eats

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Lake George: Good Eats

The only thing that motivated me through the whirlwind of September was my weekend getaway to Lake George at the end of the month. It was an extra special trip because my mom and step-dad let me come along with them and helped me surprise my grandparents and aunt. The astonishment on their faces when… Continue reading Lake George: Good Eats

Australia

Oz: Soaking it Up

The only concerns I had for my last week in Australia were my final exam and soaking up as much of Perth and Fremantle as I could. We take the Mandurah train line to get to and from Perth, but we had never actually been to Mandurah. Some friends and I changed that Monday when… Continue reading Oz: Soaking it Up

Australia

Oz: A Weekend for the (Scrap) Books

I would not have started my last full weekend in Australia any other way than having a huge pile of chocolate chip pancakes drenched with Nutella and syrup. I am so going to miss my Friday mornings filled with my favorite breakfast food and the kind folks who prepare it. I spent my Friday afternoon… Continue reading Oz: A Weekend for the (Scrap) Books