The Grand Trip

From Atlanta, to Boston, to New York. Then to Copenhagen, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Milan. Lastly to Switzerland. With smaller stops in between.

Valbella

The surreally beautiful Valbella was one of our favorite places of the entire trip.

Up, Up, and Away

Our hike to the top of Üetliberg this afternoon was one for the history books. I’d done a little research on a trail called the Denzlerweg beforehand that could get us there, but we were still mostly winging it. Enchanting is the most fitting word to describe...

Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus

Doris, Thomas, Sylea, and Marco were kind enough to take us on a day trip to Lucerne, with the aim of going to the top of Mount Pilatus.

A Trip to St. Gallen

Our weekend in St. Gallen was a genuine pleasure. Kevin’s relatives all made us feel so welcome and really spolied us to death. We stayed with Kevin’s great-uncle and great-aunt, Erwin and Nelly, and all four of their children joined in to spend time with...

Enter Switzerland

I’ve never had a more positive visceral reaction to a city than I had when we arrived in Zurich. Blue sky and warm sunshine made May 10th the perfect day to arrive, and combining the weather with the beautiful, clean, orderly streets made an irresistible...

I Nostri Giorni in Milano

Milan is a very charming place, but in a very different way from the other Italian cities we’ve visited on our trip.

EXPO MILANO

Serendipity has truly graced this trip in many ways, and one of them was the overlap of our time in Milan with the World’s Fair. The theme for this year was “Feeding the World,” with a focus on relevant topics such as sustainability and innovation....

Baveno and Lago Maggiore

After an evening in Milan with our friend Camilla, we headed out early the next morning for her family’s house in Baveno, a small town on Lake Maggiore. What a wonderful couple of days we had there! The weather was not quite cooperative as we mainly had clouds...

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, meaning “five lands” in Italian, is a national park area along the Mediterranean composed of five small, stunning cliffside villages.

The Golden Week in Florence

The week of April 13th was about as good as it gets. Our daily schedule: 1. Yoga We went to class first thing in the morning three times this week. There are few things that are better for starting the day than a trip to a yoga studio, and fewer still than going to a...

Us and Infinity Firenze

Much of our last two weeks in Florence was spent at Infinity Firenze where we were doing a mini-apprenticeship in leather working. We had an absolute blast making belts and bags and learning all of the steps and about the tools involved in the process. My bags...

Three Days in Rome

Our train left Florence at 5:50 AM, and naturally the early morning went by faster than we’d anticipated and we found ourselves running through the dark streets to make it to the station.

Dare I Say Ideal?

I think I shall. Today was about as ideal a day as possible. We were met by a flawless clear sky and warm air when we stepped out of the building this morning and proceeded to our yoga studio…

The Beauty of a Simple Day

Being in a new place amidst a foreign language and different culture has a way of making the simplest of days interesting and wonderful. We had a slow morning, enjoying breakfast, making coffee in our odd little caffeterra, hand washing our dishes, and listening to...

Pasquetta in San Gimignano

Recently we learned that the day after Easter, known as Pasquetta, is a recognized holiday in Italy that many locals reserve as a day for venturing to the countryside. We weren’t planning on following suit, but our new friend Rosa (whom we met in Italian class)...

Buona Pasqua

The city was packed today with tourists and Italian Catholics alike. Besides being a huge Catholic city, Florence has a unique Easter tradition called Scoppio del Carro, or explosion of the cart, that takes place each Easter Sunday at 11:00 AM that draws a large...

CAPOLAVORO

The word means “masterpiece” in Italian, and that word perpetually ran through my mind today when we rounded a corner in the Accademia and laid our eyes on Michelangelo’s David. David was my favorite piece of study from my art history course at UCSD,...

Un Buon Giorno e Tanto Vino

The Tuesday following our engagement we had a fairly full agenda. The morning was occupied by our Italian conversation class, then we had an afternoon appointment at the leather shop, Infinity, where we’ll be working next week, followed by cramming in as much...

One Sunny Day in Florence

Our first Saturday in Florence was beautiful with clear skies and warm weather, so we decided to take advantage of it by spending the afternoon picnicking at Piazzale Michelangelo. After stopping to get our picnic supplies we were on our way. We navigated through the...

Hello Europe: Copenhagen

The flight to Copenhagen went about as smoothly as possible and was actually relatively comfortable. I have only positive things to say about Norwegian Air–the seats were spacious enough, the staff was courteous, and we had access to all kinds of movies, including some new releases.

New York City

The first thing we did in NYC was head out to dinner with my good friend from college, Jenny. We met up at a place in the UES called Casabel Taqueria where we spent a couple of hours getting caught up and Kevin partook in the Monday night special of unlimited tacos...

Getting to New York

Our last morning in Boston held the mission of finding the Paul Revere House before checking out of our apartment. The goal was to leave the apartment by 10:20 or so to give us time to hop on a 20 minute metro ride and get to our bus station by 11:00, from where we...

Kicking off the Grand Trip – Boston

Day 1 When we awoke the morning of our departure I couldn’t believe that the day had actually come, but it was indeed Friday, March 13th, and that indeed meant that it was time to embark on our grand adventure. So into an Uber, onto the MARTA, and onto a plane...