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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 5

Our last day of our weekend in paradise unfortunately came, but we had no plan to simply return to Rome. We took a detour in the busy, loud and fast-pace town of Naples. When I first thought of Naples, I thought of a quaint town by the sea, but it is the complete opposite. Professor… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 5

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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 4

Another beautiful morning in Sorrento lead to another incredible day of many adventures. First on our list? Climb Mount Vesuvius. This is an active volcano that is part of a ring of multiple volcanoes on the Bay of Naples, called the Campianian volcanic arc. I have never been to a volcano before, let alone an… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 4

europe, italy, Rome

Back to Rome

Two years ago today I wrapped up a solid two weeks of traveling around Europe with my  best friend/travel partner/grandfather. Then, I embarked on my first study abroad experience through Hofstra University's SCO in Rome program and spent a month with adventurous people, exploring different parts of Italy and working with a non-profit organization Shoot… Continue reading Back to Rome


Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Fiji

Before landing in Australia, I chose to take an additional Pacific studies course at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. While there, I stayed with a homestay family with three other AIFS students. We really lucked out and had such a kind and welcoming family. Our “dad” took us to his home… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Fiji


A Quick Trip to Maryland

Just before my fairly low-key winter break ended, I went on some small getaways: twice to Philadelphia, and once to Maryland. For some reason, I have a deep love for Maryland. I suppose it is because I have had such a wonderful experience every time I’ve been there. I took the drive down to an… Continue reading A Quick Trip to Maryland


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


Oz: Halfway There

I leave Australia and return to “normal” life in exactly two months from now. How?! I have been here for just over two months and I really do not know where the time went. I often think about what life will be like when I go home. I wonder where I will end up working… Continue reading Oz: Halfway There


Oz: Fremantle Prison Tour

My week can be summarized by the fact that the most exciting thing to happen to me was receiving my external hard drive in the mail. I suppose shopping in Perth with some of my mates and ordering some mushroom and rocket pizza Thursday night should top that. It has been a slow week for… Continue reading Oz: Fremantle Prison Tour


Oz: Third Week of Classes

This week was a big one: March 14 marked me being in Australia for a whole month! Time really is flying by and I feel like I am leaving tomorrow, even though I know I have three months left and so many plans. Another exciting thing that March 14 marked is the day I fly… Continue reading Oz: Third Week of Classes


Australia: Digeridoo Lesson

After a nice Saturday morning work out, I hopped on the bus to Freo with Brian and Nicole for a didgeridoo lesson. Didgeridoos are wooden instruments that one blows into by vibrating the lips together and sealing the mouthpiece entirely. Surprisingly, these instruments are not native to the indigenous people here and came around once… Continue reading Australia: Digeridoo Lesson