Well it’s been exactly 6 weeks since I’ve blogged last. Traveling, adventure, and just pure distraction have taken its hit on me. There is SO much that has happened since I blogged last. I would have never imagined that I could accomplish so much in these past 6 weeks and I cant wait to fill you all in! After my amazing weekend in the Amalfi Coast I spent a weekend in Greece with some of my suitemates I met here at JCU and Julie from the SHU Crew. So our crew of 5 including me hopped on a plane and landed in beautiful Santorini. We stayed in Perissa, which was a gorgeous area right on the famous black sand beaches. We spend the entire weekend exploring the amazing island, enjoying the beautiful classic white buildings in Oia , eating the most amazing Greek food, relaxing on the black sand beach and riding ATVs though the streets. Personally I thought riding the ATV was epic, especially cause I miss driving so much and it was good to be back on the roads again. It was the most amazing weekend. The food there is to die for. I never really ate Greek food before this trip and wasn’t sure what to expect. But now I’m actually obsessed and I constantly crave Tzatziki sauce and gyros on a daily basis. Greece was just stunning and I love the fact that watching the sunset is a huge event on this island. Everyone gathers around and finds a good spot to watch the sunset every single night, it like finding a seat for a concert. You got to get that good spot and enjoy the show, and once it finally sets there’s a round of applause. Honestly everywhere you turn your head on this beautiful island it’s a picture perfect view (which explains the billions of pics I took that weekend) here are just a few select photos from this incredible weekend.
Leaving Greece was depressing; especially coming to back and classes are in full swing, meaning I had some papers and homework to do. But my anticipation never leaves cause I knew that in only a few days time after the weekends I would be traveling to my next destination. The opening weekend of Oktoberfest in Munich Germany. Oktoberfest is something I have always wanted to experience and to say I was excited was an understatement. The week crawled by and finally Friday arrived and it was time for an 11 hour bus ride to Munich Germany. Once arrived, we had some breakfast and did a bike tour around the city. Munich is so cool; I liked the vibes there a lot. Of course it was extremely different city compared to Rome and Santorini. They’re all so unique in there own ways. After our bike tour though the German city streets, my SHU crew and I tried our first stein of German beer and had the most delicious mac and cheese ever and of course a pretzel for diner. This was only the pregame for our big day at the festival tomorrow. Another thing that made this trip so special was that we met up with 2 of our close friends studying abroad in London from SHU, Julia and Geno. It was so awesome to see them and be in Germany to experience the weekend all together. We spend the rest of the day shopping in the city for the traditional German outfits. I personally was SO excited to get my dirndl (the famous German outfit girls wear) because not only were they super cute to wear but I was so pumped to feel more apart of the tradition (and take a ton of pics in it obvi. The morning of Oktoberfest we all put on our dirndls and headed out to the festival bright and early. Since we were there the first day we were going to get to see the mayor open the first keg to symbolize the start of the festival. We waited in a massive line to get into the tent and once we finally got in, we participated in the count down and then the mayor opened the first keg. The tent went wild and everyone was cheering. As soon as this happened hundreds of women started carrying at least what seemed to be like 20 or maybe more steins at a time… I don’t know how they do it. These beers are HUGE and they’re equivalent to drinking 4 American beers. They must work out a ton. Safe to say we all had our fare share and enjoyed the festival to the best of our abilities. It was so much fun.
The next day we took a trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp. Yes very different activity from the previous day, but this is also something I have always wanted to see in person. We have studied this history ever since I could remember and it was the most eerie and interesting feeling to be literally walking on the grounds where so much history took place. It was truly an eye opening experience, and something I would recommend to anybody to go see. My experiences in Germany are something I will never forget...
The next week I spend enjoying the Rome life. It’s always nice to just hang out and enjoy the place I’m living in. It truly feeling like home to me. Yes I do I miss SHU and I get serious FOMO from time to time, but I know that this is something’ Ill never get to experienced ever again and I’m just so appreciative to be here living this life. I worked my butt of at Shoprite since I was a little sophomore in High School saving up so I could travel the world and it’s been nothing but worth it so far. I’m one of those people who love to spend money on experiences rather than on items or materialistic things.
The weekend after that, my SHU crew and I took a day trip to Tuscany to explore the beautiful city and of course do a wine tour. Tuscany is so cute. We got all dressed up and then we had such a good day for wine tasting in the vineyards. We tried at least 8 different kinds of wine and eat the most delicious food of course. We toured though where they make the wine and store it. It was so cool to see the hard work and dedication that the Italians put into there wine. It truly pays off because it taste better than any wine I’ve ever had before. Then like any tourists we had our typical photo shoot in the Tuscan sun though the vineyards. Here are some pics from our Tuscany adventures.
I am super Irish & proud and have a lot of family in Ireland that I am very close with. My cousin Killian who lives in Ireland, just recently moved to Glasgow Scotland with his girlfriend Chelsea and got a job there! So of course I needed to take advantage of this and pay my cousin a visit and explore Scotland! So I traveled on my own from Rome to Edinburgh, Scotland Airport and took a bus down to Glasgow and met up with Killian and Chelsea. It was so nice to see them again even though I just recently saw them in August in Ireland, but the more the better! I love the fact I have family members all over the world and were all so close and can do fun things like this. I didn’t really know what to expect when arrived to Scotland. I truthfully didn’t know much about it other than the classic stereotypes of kilts, bagpipes and castles. Yeah pretty sad I know… but hey it’s all of the more reason to go, explore and learn a ton about this awesome place. We walked all over Glasgow and saw the famous Glasgow cathedral. I personally loved this cathedral because of its unique gothic style and green roof. That night we went to a disco and had a few pints the good ol fashion Irish way. The next day we set off for the most famous city in Scotland. Edinburgh was so cool and exactly how I pictured Scotland to be. There was traditional Scottish music everywhere being played on the streets! I even saw a good number of guys wearing kilts!! We explored the castle and city. It was a truly a beautiful city and something I wont forget. Then we went to a bar and got some burgers, drinks and watched the Irish vs. France Ruby game. (Killian’s Idea) but it was so much fun! I never actually sat down and watched a full ruby game before. It was awesome and certainly intense watching it with a die-hard Irish ruby fan. (P.S Ireland won thank God). It truly was a great weekend and something I wont ever forget. It was also great to see a familiar face and I feel so blessed to have all these Irish cousins who I love spending time with. Pics below from my Scottish Adventures….
After an awesome weekend it was time to crack down on school work. Midterms were among us and would be coming up in the next week. I spent the whole week preparing for them and made study guides. Then that weekend Julie, Matt and I hopped on a 12-hour bus ride with all our study material and luggage and took off for Interlaken Switzerland. Switzerland is one of the top destinations on my list and I couldn’t be more pumped for this. But at the same time I am also a little nervous because I decided to go skydiving when I get there… when people ask you what’s something you want to put on your bucket list 80% of the time people are basic and write “skydiving” and I am certainly one of them. I literally have it written down from my 8th grade bucket list and my senior year bucket list we made at school. Honestly I never thought I would actually do it, it just seemed like a cool thing to do and an appropriate thing to say on my bucket list. Well here I was, with no hesitation signed up to skydive in Switzerland. If someone told me I would be doing this before I went to go study abroad I wouldn’t have believed them. But I saw the opportunity and I had to go for it. If I ever skydive, why shouldn’t it be over the Swiss Alps? Once arrived in Switzerland It was literally stunned from its beauty. The mountains are breathtaking and the lakes were the most beautiful blue color I've ever seen. I was truly obsessed. After exploring a bit and going to see some waterfalls, Julie and I went to a traditional chocolate making class. Safe to say it was delicious. Then the next day bright and early it was time to go jump out of a plane. I wasn't that nervous, it kind of came in waves of being really excited to a little nervous. I was feeling pretty good, and even boarding the plane I seemed to have my nerves in tact. We were literally right over the Swiss Alps. It was unreal. It also was SO cold, but my brain was a little preoccupied to even notice. My instructor who was jumping with me made me feel really comfortable so I knew that I'd be okay. But once the plane door opened, and the first girl just literally fell from the plane my heart dropped. But there was no time to hesitate or even to process whats about to happen. My instructor and I sat on the edge of the plane and I specifically remember my feet dangling… and BAM we just fell out of a moving plane. Just like that. So casual. Except for me screaming on the way down like a crazy person. It was the most unreal feeling, and truly can’t describe how it feels. We free fell for approx 45 seconds. Free falling though the sky was by far the coolest feeling ever. I wish I could experience this feeling on a daily basis. Then he pulled the parachute and I could not have been more satisfied, excited and overall just so happy. I felt a moment of just pure awe. Its indescribable. As soon as we landed I asked if I could go again, and if he said yes I would have. Skydiving is 100% something I recommend. If you’re not into that so much than I would just go to Interlaken anyways cause it was one of the most beautiful places in the whole world, and certainly a place ill never forget. pics below :
On the back from Switzerland, we stopped off at Lake Como In Italy. We saw the famous Lake Como Cathedral, walked around a bit and had a meal. It was a nice rest stop thats for sure. The lake is really pretty and the town was really cute. Pics below ...
After the most intense weekend, it was time for midterms. I really cracked down this week and I’m pretty sure I did really good on all my exams. Still waiting for some results… But after a stressful week of studying, Julie and Gabby from the SHU crew and I decided it was a good weekend to go explore a little more of Italy. From Rome we took a train to Pisa Italy, to go see the famous leaning tower of Pisa. There wasn’t a whole lot to do in Pisa, we only stayed a couple hours. Within those couple of hours we took a ton of the classic Pisa tower pictures. (Which are actually harder to take than expected!) My favorite thing was just watching people of all ages try and attempt to take these pictures. It’s truly a sight to see. I must have taken 50 pics of people just trying to take the picture. Then we headed over to beautiful Florence and were in awe at how pretty the Duomo is! I was in Florence with my family last summer and it was fun to kind of relive it all over again but this time on my own. I was pleasantly surprised that I remembered how to get around pretty well. Then after diner it was time to depart and we headed over to Venice. Once we got to Venice it was pitch black out and finding our Air BB wasn’t the easiest task ever. We got really lost and its so hard to navigate though Venice, especially in the dark . I also was here with my family last summer, but at night it was like I was in a whole new place. We finally found our place and crashed at like 2am. We woke up at 9am and headed out for our day in Venice. Once it was bright and the sun was out, I recognized a little more and we were able to get to the water taxis to go explore. We saw the famous square and cathedral and then had a fun gondola ride on the main canal. We closed the night off with some shopping, diner, and watching the sunset. Our train back to Rome was at midnight and we got back to Rome at 6am. I pretty much I slept most of that Sunday. Traveling is so tiring, but its so worth it. I love these cities and I was so glad I was able to go see them again with my two homies Julie and Gabby. Pics below…
Sorry for the HUGE post. There certainly was a lot to catch up on. It’s hard to believe were already at the halfway point in the semester. Time is flying by so fast and I cant even process it… still so much more in store for the rest of the semester. Ill be sure to write again soon and fill you all in asap.