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Month: November, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

 


Sorry this was just too cute!
Happy Thanksgiving all! Hope everyone is stuffing their faces with turkey and enjoying the family and friends around them. I know I am seriously missing my loved ones at home today but I am thankful for the friends I have made here in Italy and embracing  this American holiday whole heartedly!

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Turkey Day

The fact that this Thursday is Thanksgiving has caught me completely off guard. Maybe it’s the fact that it is still 65 degrees here in Rome or maybe it’s knowing that I am in a country that does not even know about,care about, or celebrate my most beloved holiday, which you could say is a little depressing. Missing out on all of the holiday festivities like the laughing around the dinner table, watching Home Alone for the millionth time and feeling the warmth and love from the family that surrounds you on this day is something I truly cherish every year. Also thinking about the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, apple pie, pumpkin pie and  of course the veuve clicquot makes me wish I could transport to American for just one day. But because no genius has invented some super cool transporter-thingy yet, I will be spending my Thanksgiving here in Rome, which I  am truly grateful for. But because I will not have a real thanksgiving I will be living vicariously though some memories of my last Thanksgiving spent with friends and family.



Studying abroad the past 3 months makes me realize what I am truly grateful for. I am grateful to have such an amazing experience I will cherish the rest of my life. I am thankful for my friends, that even 5000 miles apart make me laugh when I’m upset. I am incredibly thankful for my family’s love and support every minute of the day. I am truly thankful for my mom, who, without I would not be strong enough to take on such a big adventure without her. Lastly I am thankful for all of my friends and families health and happiness.

What are you thankful for this year?

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the big city can get to me. Sometimes I just need a break from the noisy trams, crowds of tourist and speeding vespas. Where to go when Rome seems over-whelming? Why not relax by the crystal blue sea, cascading cliffs and brightly colored homes in Cinque Terre? Honestly though Riomaggiore, the southern most part of Cinque Terre, is a place worth visiting. It may be one of my favorite places I’ve been, and recently I’ve been a lot of places! Even if the hiking trails were closed due to rock slides, the view from the marina, the relaxing atmosphere and the incredible sea-food was more than enough for me.






Sunday Mass

I know it may come as a shock to some people but I had never been to mass before going to the Vatican last Sunday morning. Although I was baptized as a baby, that was the beginning and the end to my religious life. The Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica is held all in Italian not like it mattered, no matter what language the mass was held in I would still be lost.The beauty of the Italian language and the incredible setting of St. Peter’s made this experience like no other. The ritual of the mass echoing through the chapel and the beautiful singing choir made this first time experience one I will never forget.
Every Sunday at noon, Pope Benedict  XVI appears in a window above St. Peter’s square to bless all the people who have gathered to hear his prayer. And now I can say I was lucky enough to be blessed by the Pope himself.

Tapas and Sangria

When arriving in Spain I had no expectations, we planned Spain into our 10 day trip due to the inexpensive flights and ended up staying an extra day in the city! On that note, when we stepped out of the airport the warm breeze and shining sun of Barcelona was more then welcoming especially coming from Dublin. I knew already I would love this city. We spent our days walking down the famous Las Ramblas shopping and admiring the unique architecture unlike anything I have seen. We wondered through Park Guell which could be mistaken for Candyland, gawked at the melting architecture of La Sagrada Familia, admired the breathtaking views of Port Vell, and of course wished it was warm enough to lay out on the beach and go swimming in the beautiful crystal clear ocean. At night we ate incredible seafood,  delicious paella and shared finger-food tapas and sipped sangria at  a bar called Tasty’s every night. Which may had something to do with the hot Moroccan bartender with a sexy accent and the free drinks he was giving us. After dinner and drinks we would find ourselves with our dancing shoes on and dancing the night away at some of the best clubs in Barcelona. Other than learning my 5 years of Spanish classes didn’t really pay off, Spain was a once in a life-time opportunity, the amount of fun we packed into four days in the incredible city was unreal. Only being an eager 20 year old study abroad student kept my spirits high and my attitude happy because an adventure like Barcelona only comes along so many times in a life-time.





Howth

Howth is a quite village on the coast of Dublin which is breathtakingly beautiful. It is probably hard to compare to the gigantic Cliffs of Moher, but the Howth Summit gives you a glimpse of Ireland’s coast plus its 20 min train ride outside Dublin is an easy way to get away from the chaotic city center. We arrived in Howth in the early morning, the port was clam with barely anyone in sight. With the sun shining and the waves crashing you could say it looked like paradise, except maybe the wind and the freezing weather.  The hike around the summit gave incredible views of the sea, the stunning lighthouse and the tiny waterfront town. If ever in Ireland I would 100% a trip outside the major city. It is in the small towns that are rooted in culture and warm welcomes.

side note- best fish and chips ever. I’m drooling thinking about them, yum.

Leprechauns and Guinness

Irealnd: the first stop in our ten day adventure and the land of Guinness, leprechauns, yes, the ones at the end of rainbows with pots of gold and step-dancing. Arriving in Dublin I was surprised by the freezing weather the picturesque landscape, quaint cottages and colorful Georgian doors. And like any other tourists we got right down to sightseeing. Starting with the eerie  Kilmainham Gaol, a prison where leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed by the British in the fight for Irish freedom. Then to the Guinness Storehouse at 10am, the perfect time for a Guinness? right? Where we learned how the traditional Irish beer is brewed. Our busy day continued with a quick trip to Dublin Castle and a stop for some fresh apple pie, which is impossible to find in Rome and an Irish coffee, espresso with Baily’s, how could we resist? We enjoyed wondering around St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral in the late afternoon, which are decorated with elaborate gothic architecture, stained-glass windows and multihued floors. To unwind from such a hectic day of seeing the sights, we obviously headed straight to Temple Bar for dinner, sheppard’s pie anyone? and for a few a couple several Bulmer’s Irish Ciders at some authentic Irish pubs.

Inside Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Castle
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
View of the sunset for the Ha’ Penny bridge, the oldest bridge in Dublin.
Drinking Irish cider at the oldest pub in Dublin.
Yes…after a few drinks you can be convinced to stick your head through a hold to make yourself turn into a leprechaun.

Ten Days

With the amount of traveling and adventures that happened in the last ten days I do not even know where to begin. All of the walking, exploring, eating, hiking, laughing, drinking and dancing could never be fully explained to someone who did not go through this experience with me. The amazing opportunity to travel to all these places is unbelievable and it is truly something I will cherish everyday. Okay, okay enough with the sappy tear-jerking stuff, I had an incredible time! Here are just a few sneak peaks into what my ten days looked like via instagram!

Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, IrelandDrinking Irish Hard Cider at our favorite Pub!
Day trip to Howth was absolutely breaktaking
View of the Howth Lighthouse from the Cliff Walk
The most amazing vegetable paella in Barcelona
Park Guell, looks like Candyland, am I right?
La Sagrada Familia weird, creepy, eerie absolutely incredible architecture
The Beach. ’nuff said.
Drinks at our favorite Bar in Barcelona on Halloween.
Genova’s Greenhouse on the Harbor
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre. No words can describe how beautiful it is.
Mussels, clams, shrimp and pasta, yum.
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Keep posted for the rest of my adventures through out Fall Break!

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