SUMMER IN SALERNO: 24 hours in Rome!

My time in Salerno finally came to an end, and thus I began my journey off to Rome, where I spent the next 24 hours attempting to soak up every last drop that this iconic Italian city has to offer. Luckily for me, my hotel was located just around the corner from the Pantheon, making…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: last day in Salerno

So, my time in Italy has finally come to an end. Over the past 4 weeks I’ve seen more things, eaten more pasta, and learned more Italian than I ever have in my life. I am so incredibly thankful for this experience and I could not think of a better day to wrap up my…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: let’s have an aperitivo!

The aperitivo is basically the Italian version of what we would consider happy hour. Normally, this cultural ritual takes place between the hours of 4-6pm as a relaxed drink and/or snack before dinner. (Remember, Italians start eating dinner as late as 10pm!). Stemming from the Latin word ‘aperire’ meaning “to open”, this classic early evening…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: eating like an Italian

Italians have a reputation for being able to put away A LOT of food, and I’ve seen first hand the truth to that statement. Typically Italians will have their largest meal of the day for lunch, closing stores and shops to dine at home with their families. Dinner will tend to be on the lighter…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: how to make pizza like a real Italian

The U.S. is known for some crazy pizza combinations (enter Hawaiian pizza here), but the truth is that the vast majority found in America is loaded up with too many ingredients, that do nothing but distract from the natural flavor of this age old classic. It’s no secret that Italians take their pizza seriously, and…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: lions, tigers… buffaloes?? oh my!

Did you know that here in Italy, the best mozzarella you can get is made from buffalo milk? Yesterday we got the opportunity to tour Taverna Penta, a dairy farm located about 30 minutes outside of Salerno that is home to 600 buffaloes! Because these parts of southern Italy were once swamp land, water buffalo…

Australia: Hosting An Aussie Dinner Party

One of my favourite ‘grown-up’ things to do in Sydney these days is to entertain guests as the host of an Aussie-style dinner party. During my first au pair arrangement in Australia, I became aware of the very distinct idea of a dinner party. Somehow it seems to be differentiated from ‘having friends over’ or…

Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague… OH MY!

This week was The University of Edinburgh’s ‘Flexible Learning Week’ which means the students have a whole week to catch up on work and focus on their studies. I decided to go to three different countries instead. I am not advertising procrastinating and not getting your work done- I just decided to take the week…

Japan: One Final Look Back

My time in Japan has come to an end. It’s bittersweet: I’m ready to get back to the US and get to work since I now have my degree, but I’ve really enjoyed my time and how much I’ve grown as a person while abroad. I gained a ton of perspective about the world and…

Japan: You Can’t Do Tokyo In Just Three Days

My time in Japan has been winding down, so I decided to end my time in Japan with just a few days of relaxation and enjoyment by visiting Tokyo and Yokohama before heading home to the good ‘ole US of A. I even roped in one of my newfound friends from Ritsumeikan to come along…