A Day in Padova

I like to do a lot of research before I travel somewhere. Even if I don’t get to everything, I like to have a list of the coolest restaurants, the best parks, and the places with the most “local” vibes. That being said, some trips I spend half a day sitting in a cafe and…

One Weekend in Boston

After spending six years in Boston, I am taking a hiatus in Italy. Coming back for the holidays though, I’ve realized that I never wrote anything about my favorite city in the world re: what to really visit while you’re here (if you’re looking for a list that includes the Freedom Trail in its entirety, search…

Coming to Italia

The first thing they asked me was “who did you vote for?” I can only assume my host family is talking about the 2016 presidential election. It’s almost comforting to know that the rest of the world has not forgotten or gotten used to our president as quickly as we have in the United States….

I Would Have Never Guessed

I feel like this more and more often. I sit in the corner of a small classroom on the third floor of an old unmarked building, located on the corner of two streets with no signs, in a town I didn’t know the name of, in a city I couldn’t pronounce if I tried. I’m in India;…

When Empathy Hurts

My professor asked us to think about what things make us uncomfortable; those “buttons” that, when pressed, make it difficult for us to cope as we normally do.

Aggression was my first thought. Violence has always made me shiver. Second, though, came something more specific: I am deeply uncomfortable when I am unable to hide my privilege.

Cuando Tú Visitas Cochabamba

**Traducido al español debajo** However much I despise the title, I think I fall under the category of typical white suburban girl from Upstate New York.  During my first week in Cochabamba, Bolivia, I have noticed a few things. So have the locals, apparently. Here are some things to expect if you find yourself in the…

Welcome to Bolivia!

Your life can be an adventure or it can be nothing. Apparently mine is going to be an adventure! Three days ago I arrived in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Luckily, when I was on the plane I met a nice Boliviano who was ready to teach me Spanish and show me around. We…

How to Pack (and how NOT to)

Next week I will begin the 5-flight, 26 hour journey to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Despite my desire to be a low-maintenance traveler, four months in a foreign country that doesn’t have drinkable water or free 2-day shipping from Amazon, brings out the girl who would like to have absolutely everything she owns come with her.  A…

What You Didn’t Know You Loved About the Airport

When I was nine, had you asked me what my favorite place was I would have said “airports.” Maybe I would have even specified the Chicago O’Hare Airport because of the seemingly endless branches. Perhaps no longer my absolute favorite places on earth, airports still occupy a special place in my world of fascination, and…