I cannot believe I am finally heading home after the best 4 months of my entire life.
As most of you noticed the writing was slowly (or quickly) dwindling from each blog post. Although on a time crunch…there truly are no words to describe my travels this semester. Each city I went to was such a unique experience, eye-opening, and absolutely amazing. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity given to me by my parents and I took advantage of every second! (except on those hungover days..but hey…I’m human)
I have a bittersweet feeling leaving Prague. I am sad that this small chapter of my life is over. I’m sad to leave newly gained friends, and I’m sad travel won’t always be within arms reach. But I am also happy. I am happy to go back to a loving home and to see my family whom I miss so much! I am happy for everything this experience has taught me. I am happy for all of the life lessons learned.
Like I said before..these past four months are truly indescribable and I will never forget them.
See ya soon US!
Look out for a video coming soon 😉
My last trip of the semester was this past weekend in Croatia. Croatia is BEAUTIFUL. I have never seen such clear blue water in my life. I could go on and on about it for days but I do still have to pass my classes here somehow.
We did this trip through a program called Bus2Alps which basically is an inclusive trip with hostel, transportation, and many activities to pick from! We stayed in a hostel on the island of Split and I chose to do the booze cruise island tour (not surprising) out of the bunch. On the way home we also stopped at the Krka National Park to see the waterfalls & stop for lunch. Perfect trip.
I cannot wait to go back.
I just got off the phone with my Mother who asked why I haven’t done a blog post in a while so amidst of the 5 papers I have to write, I thought I’d procrastinate a little bit longer.
Without further adieu…my trip to Italy!
We started off spending the night in Rome and had the whole next day to explore. We walked for 14 miles throughout all of Rome’s beauty. We saw all the major touristy sights of Rome with a few glasses of wine, gelato, & a cheese plate in between.
The next three days were spent in Florence. I am moving here. It was so beautiful, amazing, and my favorite city I traveled too! We visited Michelangelo’s David and climbed to the top of the Duomo. We watched the sunset at Piazza Michelangelo and ate the most amazing food getting lost in the winding streets. If you ever need any food recs in Florence…I’m your girl.
I’ve been super busy lately so this is going to be a bit of a long post–I’ll try and summarize the past few weeks quickly!
While Brooke was still visit we headed to Austria for the weekend. After a very hungover bus ride we made it there and attempted to sight see but ended up napping the day away on day one. Feeling lame we made sure to get up early and did the longest day of sight seeing to ever exist. But we saw it all & here are pictures to prove it!
A week later I flew to Paris to meet up with my Mom and Charlie. I was SO happy to see them and probably hugged them a thousand times. Despite some rainy days we saw a ton in Paris and had a perfect getaway weekend with good food, good wine, & good company!
After Paris I brought Mom and Char back to Prague to show them around my city. We had crazy weather from freezing snow to warm sunshine but we managed to hit all my favorite spots. Char was not a fan of the smoky Czech restaurants haha. The last two days of their trip overlapped with Alexa & Michaela (best friends from USC) coming to visit! I loved having everyone there at the same time it was perfect.
My best friend from home, Brooke, flew all the way across world to come visit me in Prague! I showed her everything I could about Prague in including all my favorite restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. (but also sights!!) We stayed the week in Prague while I had to do midterms (poor Migs) and we went to Vienna this weekend but I’ll do a separate post about that later.
We ended our last night in Prague at the 5 story club with a 6am bus to Vienna the next day.
We’re still trying to remember the bus ride…
Thanks for coming Migs–love you!
***We also randomly ran into two of our friends from high school at a bar–small world.
Just got back from Dublin! (a day later than I planned…)
I met up with all of my USC friends in the city and we stayed until Wednesday, overlapping with St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday. The city was super crowded but it was one of my favorite weekends abroad. I missed my friends a ton & we definitely made the most of our weekend. I flew in a night early on Saturday, so on Sunday I roamed around the city, drank a Guinness, and had some Irish stew while waiting for my crew to get in! (Michaela, Alexa, and Kait). Once they did we got settled in the hotel (we stayed at the Best Western Academy Plaza) then went to din & headed to The Temple Bar. (most famous in Dublin). It was super crowded but the atmosphere was really fun & I swear no one gets drunker than the Irish (except me and Alexa on St. Patty’s day) #rough
On Monday we did a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. One of the coolest places I’ve been too. The cliffs were amazing and I went pretty crazy with my go pro. I’m honestly shocked they let people get as close as they want to, there have been a few deaths there, supposedly one right before our tour! Everything was so green and I loved every second of it.
On Tuesday (St. Patrick’s Day) I woke up realizing I didn’t want to leave quite yet. Long story short, I had booked a flight to leave that day, not realizing it was so early that I would miss most of the celebration. So two hours before my flight I bought a new one…to Budapest…and then took a 7 hour bus ride from there to get back for my midterm on Thursday. Basically a travel day from hell but–you win some you lose some. Celebrating the holiday with too much beer & food with my best friends in Ireland? I don’t regret it at all.
So continuing with Tuesday, we went to Elephant & Castle for some mimosas, omelettes, & WINGS! We were recommended to go there by so many people & we finally got in. (I thought they were good–which is surprising if you know me–I HATE spicy food, but Alexa and Kait assured me they were just average) From there we went back to temple bar and bounced around a couple of the pubs. The crowds were filled with every shade of green possible & everyone was drunk, happy, and adorned with some type of “Kiss Me I’m Irish” accessory.
Dublin, I love you!
This weekend I went on an overnight trip to Brno (second largest city in the Czech Republic south of Prague) with my gender class and professor. It was a super quick trip but we got to see the city and understand it’s importance in gender relations. This is the city where a lot of gender movements began & many activist groups reside here.
On Friday we visited 3 places. The first was Nesehnutí–a socio-ecological NGO focused on helping spread word on social movements. They talked a lot about equal rights for men and women and various environmental issues going on in the CR. The second place we went to was Persefona–an NGO against domestic violence. This was was really intense. Because of communism, domestic violence wasn’t illegal until 1989. (what?!) and since the judicial system here is painfully slow, it can take 5 years to go through the court system, leaving victims unable to change their situations. This NGO offers free psychological counseling to these victims and also gives them free legal advising. The third place we went was STUD which was an NGO supporting the LGBT community. All the people that work here do so in accordance with their normal day jobs so it was cool to see their passion. They hosted a “Queer Ball” which we were invited to–which was really good people watching & helped raise money for their programs.
Here are some pictures from the trip!
This past weekend I was in Budapest, Hungary. One of the coolest places I have ever been to for sure.
We took a 7 hour bus ride there (wasn’t horrible) on Thursday afternoon and stayed at an Air BnB that was in a perfect location on the Pest side. (Budapest is separated by the Danube River and divides the city into “Buda” and “Pest”. Creative.) For our first day (friday) we went on a one of the free walking tours of the city and got to sightsee the major attractions in Budapest. We met up with Natalie & Sean for this since they were in Budapest at the same time & after the tour we went to an amazing sandwich place that they found. Hands down of of the best things I’ve ever eaten. If you ever find yourself in Budapest you HAVE to go there & order the French Lady sandwich. Bors Gastropub.
This is Charlie & you are supposed to rub his belly to have good luck with your next meal. Too much Gulas.
Standing in front of the St Stephen’s Basilica
The St Matthias Basilica
Later we went to the House of Terror museum which is pretty heavy. It was in the building where the Hungarian nazis and communist leaders used to have their headquarters and in the basement of the building were cells and torture rooms for prisoners and captives. Many people died there and now the place has been turned into a museum to honor those victims.
After we went to dinner and tried Palinka for the first time. It’s the spirit that Hungary is known for and has a very high alcohol content—so we had to try.
After we went to the ruin bar Szimpla and it was a trip! A must see. About a decade ago people would turn these abandoned buildings in the jewish quarters into these bizarre bars.
On Saturday we headed to one of the bath houses.Outdoor & indoor pools. Overall: gross. It was cool to see them but it was definitely nasty. Filled with gross men and dirty water. Although the building itself on the outside was cool. No the best 20 bucks I’ve ever spent but quite an experience. Next time I’ll sit this one out…
We also went to a festival nearby and they had a ton of cool stands with every food you could possibly imagine. The donuts were homemade and drizzled with nutella—-heaven.
Our last stop for the day was another ruin type restaurant–our seats at the table were made out of a bathtub cut in half.
Overall I loved Budapest & definitely want to come back!