As I mentioned in my last post, our  place in Cusco was an absolute dream. We found a beautiful house on Airbnb owned by a man named Denis. Denis was so kind and such a wonderful host! His home had a huge terrace with an amazing view of the city. Geoff and I completely lucked out with our room. We had a massive room with its own balcony that overlooked the city. The main wall of the room was entirely a window so we could always look out and enjoy the view. It was absolutely perfect. In the mornings Denis even brought us a massive breakfast to the room complete with fruit salad, yogurt, rolls, omlets, and more. Staying at his place for two days was absolute paradise.

We didn’t take too many pictures in Cusc because really it is just a city for eating and shopping. That being said, we are at some amazing places! Specifically the last night we treated ourselves to a place call Morena. The food was perfect. As usual I’ll post all my photos below because it’s easier to show you the trip that way!


We have now reached the end of our adventure and the two tacky tourists seen above couldn’t be more sad. The past week has been absolutely amazing. I have loved trying new foods, meeting new people, and learning about new cultures. Peru is a special place that I will always remember. Now it’s time to go home and plan our next adventure. Thanks for reading and adios for now!

Machu Picchu

We made it. The moment we arrived to Machu Picchu I was in complete shock. There are no words to describe the beauty of the Incan ruins in the Peruvian mountains. But before I get into all that, let me back up. 

Geoff and I arrived in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, the night before our big adventure. The town is super tacky, touristy, and not our style whatsoever. On the second day Geoff and I woke up at 4am to catch a bus to the ruins at 5:30. It’s crazy how early you’ll wake up for a view!  When we arrived the entire place was covered in fog so you’re kinda blindly walking through ruins. At 7am Geoff and I went off to hike Machu Picchu mountain. Let me just sum it all up by saying it is basically an hour hike of stairs, it rained the entire hike up the mountain, I hardly made it and Geoff was fine, amd the view was worth it. Geoff has many embarrassing pictures of me on the hike but I’ll save those for another time. After that whole saga it was finally time to go back and see the ruins.


 Pictures of me at the top of the mountain and Geoff super happy during the hike.

Seeing Machu Picchu for the first time is hard to describe. The view just takes your breathe away. Geoff and I were also super fond of the llamas. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t chase a few of them to get a picture. I’ll let my picture do the talking.

The next day Geoff and I took the train back to Ollantaytambo and then got a private car to Cusco. It is crazy finding a driver. Basically from the second you get off the train a ton of Peruvian men are yelling at you to go on their car. Luckily riff and u found a good driver that only cost us 60 soles (about $20) for a two hour car ride. This country is very affordable! 

Now we are in Cusco and loving every minut. This city is gorgeous and has so much culture. On top of that the bed and breakfast we are staying in is amazing and has a complete view of the city with a private balcony. I’ll have pictures in my next post. For now we are just going to enjoy our final days in Peru. Adios for now!


Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes

Day three has been extremely good to us. Geoff and I decided to wake up early and hike El Camino a Pinkuylluna. We hiked around for about two hours and boy was it worth it! Being from Colorado, Geoff was easily able to hike up the mountain as if it was nothin at all. I on the other hand was a bit slower because the elevation makes it so much harder to breathe! Luckily Geoff was nice and waited for me every once in a while! 



Clearly I wasn’t as ready for the hike as Geoff was..

After our wonderful stay in Ollantaytambo, we caught a train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. This town is nothing like I thought it would be.. It is very tacky, touristy, and run down. Not really our style at all but fun none the less. We even made a new friend from England! Our hotel is this really cool treehouse up in the mountains. It isn’t a great example but you can see the picture of Geoff below. The most exciting thing to happen so far in this town so far is trying guinea pig. Yes, you read that correctly. Geoff was the brave sole who ordered it. See the picture below!



Tomorrow is the big day where we hike Machu Picchu! We are so so excited. We’ll be catching the bus at 5:30am but it will absolutely be worth it. Adios for now!

Land of the Llamas

Hola from Peru! We made it to Lima. It sure is nice to be back traveling again. It has been so wonderful to be traveling with a friend this time around (shout out to Geoff)! The first day of this trip was a little crazy. Let me explain. 

So far South America is a completely different beast than Europe. I know that sounds obvious but allow me to explain. Lima is crazy hot and humid all the time. There are also many people here who do not speak English at all or very little of it. Thankfully all my years of Spanish in school paid off and I have been able to communicate with our taxi driver who got lost but eventually got us to our final destination. Poor Geoff on the other hand doesn’t speak a word of Spanish and had to sit there and just listen until everything was figured out. While our place to stay for the night wasn’t exactly a five star hotel, we were both relieved to have finally gotten out of the taxi.

Day Two

Today we flew from Lima to Cusco and then took a private car ride (two hours of the most beautiful scenery) to a town called Ollataytambo. We have absolutely loved our stay here. The food is amazing, the people are kind, and the views are breathtaking. We are within the Peruvian mountains and life honestly couldn’t be better. Towns like this within Cusco are much more our speed. Due to the high altitude (around 11,000 ft) the humid drops, there are no mosquitos, and the views are gorgeous. Things move a little slower in this city and we are having the best time taking it all in. 



We are loving Peru so far and we can’t wait to see what the next week has in store. Adios for now!


I made it to Greece! I am so excited to not have to eat pasta and pizza for every meal! The food of Greece is amazing so I can’t wait to try everything (Greek salad, falafel, gyros, baklava)! To get to Greece we took a 17 hour ferry from Naples to a town called Patra. The ferry was actually so much better than I expected. Our room was tiny but we made do with what we had! It was so fun to just hang out with everyone in my group enjoy each other’s company rather than running from place to place. I also got one of the best night sleeps because I loved the rocking of the boat. The 17 hours went so much quicker than I thought and we safely arrived in Greece! 
Our first stop in Greece was to an adorable restaurant off the beaten path call Clovino. The restaurant was right on the water and had great food! The staff was extremely Greek and so kind to all of us! We even had some time to layout and jump in the see when we were done eating. It was the perfect start to our Greece trip. 
Next stop was Delphi, an extremely small but adorable town up in the mountainside of Greece. We only stayed in Delphi for one night but we had a great time checking out the ruins and eating all the gyros we could ever want! 

 The next morning we were off to our last city of the trip, Athens. Athens was not at all what I expected. For a city with so much history expected it to be beautiful and a more enjoyable city to be in. However, I quickly learned that athens wasn’t really for me. Roughly half of the Greek population lives in Athens so the city is extremely crowded and overpopulated. The city also remind me of some sort of scary metropolitan area back in the states. There is graffiti everywhere and tons of people sitting in the streets.  

    Our last day in Greece was wonderful. Our guide, Tyson, took us to a beach on the coast of Greece. We hung out there for hours swimming, eating Greece food, and just enjoying each other’s company. We were all sad to leave! That night we all went to our farewell dinner at a rooftop bar in the city. The food was classic Greek and could not have been a better last meal. Afterwards we all went up to our hotel bar to exchange goodbyes and tell our favorite stories from the trip. It was a wonderful goodbye to the 34 friends I made over these past eighteen days.      All this being said, I still had a wonderful time eating a the Greek food (it was about time for some veggies after all that pasta in Italy) and exploring the beautiful Parthenon. Our hotel was definitely one of the better ones we have stayed at this whole trip. The wifi was at least decent and it had a rooftop bar that overlooked Acropolis! In the end, I really enjoyed my few days in Greece. While I don’t plan on returning to these same cities, I hope to make it to the Greek islands at some point! 

Now that I’m sitting in an airport waiting for my flighty to leave, I can finally reflect on these past eighteen days. I have absolutely loved being able to travel again. Traveling is so exciting and adventurous and I can’t imagine my life without it. I can only hope I have the means and the time to do it in the future. This time around I had a wonderful guide and a great group of friends that I will miss dearly once I return to the states. But now it’s time for my next adventure! While I am sad to leave, I am thrilled to return to the land of Target, fast food, and a good wifi connection. For my family members who read this blog, thank you for following me on another one of my adventures! Until next time!

Capri, Sorrento, and Pompeii

I didn’t realize we were going to Capri or Sorrento but they turned out to be my favorites. Capri is gorgeous. This is an island off the coast of Italy where many rich people and celebrities are known to vacation. We are so lucky we got to go there! There is lemon themed stuff everywhere, which I absolutely love. We had a lemon slushy when we arrived and I got one later when I needed wifi from a cafe. Afterwards I went and sat on the beach with everyone. It was such a beautiful area to spend some time in. Somewhere in the middle of the day we went on a boat cruise all around the coast. It was beautiful because the water is so clear and blue there! It was extremely cold and a little rainy by then but nothing we couldn’t handle. 

        Soon enough it was time for us to leave and head for Sorrento. I really love Sorrento. It is basically a beautiful and more affordable Capri. We really didn’t get to do anything besides eat dinner and sleep there but I am still so glad we went. I hope I can vacation there in the future. I also hope I don’t have to stay in a weird extra building of the hotel with no wifi ever again haha.


 The next day we left for Pompeii. Traffic was terrible but we finally made it. The town is completely run down and not pretty to look at. We took a tour through the ruins but I didn’t care it a whole lot. There wasn’t much to see and we were all just starving so we were ready to get out of there. It was cool to see the dog and people who died in the lava (that’s not as bad as it sounds) and the volcano that erupted. 

We finally left and now I’m stuck on a bus for four hours. Once we get to Barry we will be getting on a ferry for 17 hours. It should be interesting. Well that’s all for now! I’ll write more when I’m in Greece. Chao for now!


Chao from Rome! This city is stunning an full of so much history! On the night we arrived our group went to visit the Colosseum, pantheon, the Roman Forum, and so many other landmarks. It blew my mind how these city was essentially built around all of these beautiful landmarks. 
The Colosseum is one of the coolest structures I have ever seen. It’s strange to think that it was used as a massive stadium for people to fight in. Our group decided to watch Gladiator while on the bus on the way to Rome, which gave me better perspective as to what may have happened there! 


The next day was one of my favorite days we have had on this trip. I signed up for an option foodie experience and boy am I glad I did! Our group first went to a wonderful Italian market and tried all different types of Italian pesto, balsamic, olive oils, and lemonchello. The food was amazing and it was fun to be right in the middle of the market! Soon after we headed over to our Italian cooking class! The class was even better than I expected. The class was taught in a beautiful apartment in the heart of Rome on a rooftop terrace. Doesn’t that sound like a dream? Our wonderful a chefs taught us how to make pasta and sauce from scratch and we were able to eat it at the end! It was some of the best pasta I have ever tasted!

   Just when I thought the day couldn’t get any better, we all hopped on a bus to Saint Marinella, a small beach town on the coast of Rome. This is also the home of our wonderful guide, Tyson! We spent the entire afternoon sunbathing on the coast of Italy and eating wonderful food from tyson’s friend who owns a local restaurant. The day could not have been more perfect.  

 Yesterday was an extremely busy day! Our group woke up extra early to go to the Vatican to see the pope. While we were still far away, it was co to see him in the distance giving his regular Wednesday speech. After listening to the pope we headed over to the Vatican Museum, which is full of religious paintings, sculptures, and the famous Sistine Chapel. The chap was unreal. I don’t know how else to describe it. The ceiling was massive and the paintings by Michelangelo were so beautiful and vibrant. I could have looked at the beautiful ceiling forever. It’s hard to believe that Michelangelo spent four years looking up at an awkward angle to paint the entire ceiling. My neck hurt after looking at it for twenty minutes! I wish I could show you pictures but unfortuntely pictures are not allowed!


  Afterwards we went to Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. It was beautiful and full of so much history. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.    

 That’s all for now! Cheers!


So far Italy has been a dream that has exceeded all expectations. I was so upset that I was not able to go while I was abroad so I am thrilled I get to spend about a week exploring Italian cities. On Friday we arrived in Florence, one of the most Classic Italian cities. We arrived later in the evening so we didn’t have much time to do anything but go grab a quick bite to eat before bed. We went to a place called the central market, which is basically multiple little restaurant stands with a large bar in the middle. My first meal in Italy of course so amargarita pizza! It was delicious!
The next day we were up bright and early to see the famous David statue. While I am not really one who appreciates art, the statue was extremely impressive. I was so in awe of how beautiful and large it was. That statue is about 14 feet tall! 
Afterwards our group met up with a local guide for a tour of the city. Florence is absolutely beautiful.
When the tour was finished we went on a mission to find authentic Italian food. Four of us stumbled upon an adorable pizzeria with an adorable owner named Alessandro. Alessandro opened the restaurant about thirty years ago! He was so wonderful to all of us girls and gave us the best service we could wish for. Sticking with the Italian theme, i chose a ham and mushroom pizza. It was bigger than my head but you better believe I finished the whole thing! 


That night we went deeper into Tuscany for a wine tasting at a local vineyard. We saw how the wine was made and they fed us so much wonderful along with a ridiculous amount of wine. It was such an incredible experience and a wonderful way to hang out with my friends!

Today has been one of my favorite days of the whole trip. My group went on an excision to Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful and and popular coastal towns to visit in all of Italy. Cinque Terre is made of five different neighborhoods, three of which we went to. We first started off in Monterozza a quaint but beautiful town. Here my group rested up and grabbed some food before our big hike! In order to get to the next town, Vernazza, our group decided to take a 1.5 hour hike through the hills around the coast. This hike was so exhausting and incredibly challenging. There were so many stairs and things to climb but it was all worth it! Unlike those who took the metro, we were able to see the beautiful ocean and surrounding towns the entire way! Once we finished our hike, we treated ourselves to a wonderful pasta lunch. Before we knew it, it was time to move on to the last town, Manarola. This town was the smallest (it only has one main road) but has amazing cliffs to relax and enjoy the view on all day. But enough of me blabbing on.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking!



       It’s hard to believe I am about hallway done with this trip. I am loving all the friends I have made and the adventures we get to share together. As for what’s next, tomorrow we will be leaving bright and early for Rome but stopping at some small cities along the way. Afterwards, we will move onto other small towns in the south of Italy before going to Delphi and Athens! I’ll try to write a post in a few days.


Paris: Take Two

Bonjour! I am currently writing you this post from a small cafe in the southern part of Paris. Don’t I sound fancy and sophisticated? (Disclaimer: there is a huge communication barrier and I was an awkward American that ordered in English. So maybe not super sophisticated). It is wonderful to be back in Paris. It is very comforting to return to a city with great food and a relatively easy metro system.

Before I talk abut Paris, I should mention that we stopped in Brussels along the way strictly for food. The country is known for mussels, chocolate, and waffles. I am proud to say I ate them also. I also took some pictures with the famous “mannequin piss” statue which is oddly displayed throughout the city. I don’t get it but the people of Brussels seem to love it.


We arrived on Tuesday and the days have been full of Parisian activities. On our first night in town we ate at a local cafe, visited the town of monmarte and the famous sacre coer, followed by a wonderful evening at the cabaret. The cabaret was mostly in French with a little English here and there, which I know all of us lost Americans appreciated. The show was full of signing and dancing, juggling, acrobatics, and so many other random things. It was a night full of laughter and great friends so I am extremely happy that I chose to attend. 


The next day we started off with a full tour of Paris. As someone who has been to Paris before, it was nice to relax and simply enjoy the tour rather than freak out about getting the perfect Eiffel Tower picture. After our lovely tour the rest of the afternoon was free. I decided to explore parks and different neighborhoods throughout Paris (hence the wine at a cafe). While at the cafe, I overheard two Americans speaking and decided to introduce myself. Turns out they were born in Indiana and went to IU. What are the odds? It was so wondering to sit at the cafe with them for a while and learn about their new lives in Paris. Taking the afternoon to myself and wondering the streets of Paris made me realize that I am wondering the streets of PARIS, the city so many can only dream of going to. I feel so incredibly lucky. Shoutout to the family for their support and letting me go back to Europe again!
After my mini adventure my group met at the Eiffel tour for dinner and a wonderful boat cruise down the seine river. Our tour guide, Tyson, was awesome and bought all of us bread, cheese, and all the typical French snacks. Soon after eating we all went up into the Eiffel Tower, which had an amazing few. After hanging out near the tower for a few hours, we headed over to our boat cruise. This was such a wonderful view of the city but I recommend it to anyone going to Paris for the first time!


On our last full day in Paris, we went to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Notre Dame was just as beautiful as I remember from my first visit. The Louvre completely exceeded my expectations. While I do not really understand art, the building itself was gorgeous and fun to walk around for a bit. After we shoved our way through the crowd to get r perfect Mona Lisa picture, a few of us headed out to the Jardin de Tuileries (garden outside the Louvre) to eat lunch and finish the afternoon. 
Later in the evening I was lucky enough to meet up with my friend, Marie, who I met while abroad in Scotland. It was so great to catch up with her and it was like we never split up! I feel so fortunate to have friends all over the world!
While I have loved Paris the second time around, I am thrilled to leave for Florence! I can’t wait to start my Italian adventure. That’s all I have for now but I’ll write back in a few days!

Second Time Around

I’m back! I am so thrilled to be back in Europe and I am loving the adventure already! This time around I am traveling with a group called EF College Break, which is a group for recent college grads. My group is extremely nice so far. That majority of the people in my group are from New York so it has been fun to get to know them and represent the wonderful midwest! 

Our first stop and my current location is Amsterdam, the Netherlands. While I had no expectations coming into this city, I absolutely love it. This city has the most beautiful architecture that walking around it never gets old. There are two things that are really distinct about Amsterdam: the bikes and the canals. Both of these are EVERYWHERE. There are hardly any roads in this town because almost everyone is on a bike. The bike lanes look exactly like sidewalks and can easily be confused. The biker do not stop and will gladly hit tourists. I would know because I have almost been a victim to their attack on mutie lr occasions. The canals are beautiful and you can just one around just about every block. Pretty canals=lots of pictures. See below.


For sake of time, I’m going to leave you with a list of honorable mentions:
1. The Anne Frank house- it was incredible to walk through this house and see Anne’s journal come to life. I highly recommend going here when in Amsterdam!

2. The Pancakes: amsterdam is known for their pancakes (they are honestly more like crepes) and they are totally worth the hype.

3. The Red Light District-  an interesting neighborhood full of interesting decisions.

4. The Amsterdam Sign- typical tourist picture that had to happen. Disclaimer: letters are harder to climb than they appear!

That’s about it for amsterdam! Tomorrow we leave for a quick stop in Brussels (obviously for food) and then off to Paris!