Never Order Nachos in England

Please save yourself and your wallet by not ever ordering Nachos in England. Last Saturday I made that mistake. It was Saturday afternoon, cold & rainy (like most days)… all I wanted to do was watch the Tottenham game as it was the North London Derby against Arsenal. We did not have access to the…

Finalement…Paris

Bonjour! A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity to go to a city I’ve been dreaming about since I was 13. Paris. I’ve been to the south of France; cities like Montpelier, Nice, Carcassonne and Monte Carlo. But, I had never been to Paris. After I booked the tickets, I was immediately filled…

Adjusting to Life as a Florentine

As of today, I have officially been abroad for a month!  I truly cannot believe that this much time has already passed, but it’s certainly taught me to immerse myself into the culture and explore the city of Florence as much as I possibly can.  Having been in Italy (and a few other countries) for…

My Route to Class

I absolutely love my daily commute to school. My commute is a lot longer than other students at CAPA, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Walking is my main mode of transportation to class, and it is roughly 25 to 30 minutes. I do have the option to take the bus, but unless it…

Excitement & Excursions

For this blog, I thought I would quickly touch on all of the fun and exciting activities that are provided to us study abroad students. Sydney Harbour Cruise: During the first week in Sydney there was an incredible Sydney Harbour boat tour. We all met around 12PM and hopped on the boat. We were provided with…

15 Things That Shocked Me About London

Hello everyone, I tried to think of something to talk about this week. I didn’t come up with much, so an idea popped in my head the other night to talk about some things in London that surprised me in one way or another. Here’s a list of things I didn’t quite expect before I…

Los aviones, los trenes, y los coches: Getting around Barcelona

Even though I have lived in Barcelona for over one month now, I can’t say I fully know my way around.  But hey, this city is quite big (a lot bigger than Pittsburgh anyway).  I can say though, that I have proudly weened myself off of Google Maps a bit! Despite its size, Barcelona is…

London – February, Post 2

In London, the main transportation system is the tube, which is the subway. It’s super fast and efficient for most areas of London, and much cleaner compared to NYC subways (haven’t seen rats either so that’s a plus). We’re given an oyster card that gives us access to all of London (which is so nice…

London – Month 2

So I’m more than a month in on my abroad experience in London! It’s been an amazing, enriching month where I’ve already so much of the world. It’s definitely been a smoother transition from Pittsburgh to London due to the equivalent language; however, it is still hard to understand the Brits sometimes and their slang….

Making Italian Friends!

Without a doubt, one of my favorite parts of living in Florence has been adapting to Italian culture and growing from it. Since I reside about 30 minutes by foot from center city, I get to experience a whole separate Florence than what most tourists are used to. I am so appreciative of this opportunity…