Today marks our two-month anniversary of moving abroad! I couldn’t have asked for a better travel partner, roommate, and friend. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Montserrat, Roller Blades, & Festivales

Our second week of living in Gracía (a neighborhood in Barcelona) started off with a beach day at Bogatel with Cass and Ben.  After several hours of quality sun, we metro’ed home and I made chicken salad for the first time ever; anyone who knows me well knows that my cooking repertoire is quite limitedContinue reading “Montserrat, Roller Blades, & Festivales”

Part 7: Madrid

Thursday 7/25 – We safely arrived at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport.  We took the familiar metro from Barajas towards Nuevos Ministerios, switched to Line 10 towards Tribunal, and then were supposed to switch to Line 1 towards Atocha but were surprised to find out that Line 1 was partially closed due to construction.  At thisContinue reading “Part 7: Madrid”

Part 6: Rome

Monday 7/22 – Monday morning we left Florence and trained southward to our final destination on the Italian peninsula, Rome.  Our train pulled up to Termini Station in the early afternoon and from there we walked to Hotel Independienza.  Definitely a 1-2 star max “hotel” (I don’t understand why they can brand themselves as hotelsContinue reading “Part 6: Rome”

Part 5: Florence + Cinque Terre

Friday 7/ 19 – Where did we leave off? Well, we safely made our train from Venice to Florence! This particular train was operated by Trenitalia, and was the nicest train we had been on thus far.  Upon arriving in Florence, we only had a short walk to our hostel; I tried to make aContinue reading “Part 5: Florence + Cinque Terre”