An Open Invitation

Lol @ me for thinking NOVEMBER would be a great time to revive the blog. Not only do the holidays kick in right about then, but also every winter—like clockwork—I fall into a deep spell of accomplishing absolutely nothing. So, sorry? Though it's very likely the only thing affected is my mental health amid the [...]

Italy, Stop 5: Lake Como

Here we are, the final stop of our Italian adventure one whole year ago. I still can't believe it's been that long since we flew there and back. (And I'm actually pretty proud of myself for how much I've managed to remember in the process of writing these recaps.) To say I'm sad would be [...]

Italy, Stop 3: Rome

Remember that time we went to Italy? Nine months ago? I'm the worst, I know. But in my defense, Calabria and Florence set two very high bars. And I'm not saying Rome wasn't great—it was beautiful and full of more history than any one person can consume in just three days—but the vibe was somethin' else. We'll [...]

Italy, Stop 2: Florence

We're potentially planning another jaunt overseas and I should probably finish this series before then, yeah? This one's gonna be quite lengthy, seeing as Florence is probably the most beautiful city of all time and easily our most action-packed stop. So buckle up! It started with an overnight bus from Calabria. If you remember, the Panes and Ananias [...]

Italy, Stop 1: Calabria

If you only ever read one of my articles all the way through, I think you should make it this one. Now that we've thoroughly dispelled all lingering emotions evoked by the trip's most endearing acquaintances, it's time we move on to the main event(s)! And while it would've been easy to spiral into terrible [...]

Italy: The Jerks

Full disclosure: I had every intention of this installment being about our first actual stop, but as I began writing the story of this customs encounter, it became a whole thing and I can't bring myself to trim. As always, your patience is appreciated. And I do mean patience. Because I realized the other day that we're [...]

Italy: An Introduction

We've been back on U.S. soil for exactly 37 days. I avoided looking at a single picture from the trip for the first 34—and for good reason. The second I saw snaps of Adami and Florence and La Spezia, my heart skipped some sixty beats, longing for the country we trekked top to bottom in [...]

Step by Step

Europe is actually happening and I can't believe it. After all kinds of back and forth wondering if airfare might drop and should we wait it out or just pull the trigger because the prices weren't that bad, we finally did it. We booked our flights to Italy and I CANNOT believe it. Before I dive [...]

How’s It Going to Be

We're barely a month into the new year and I'm already overwhelmed by everything we have planned. It's a great problem to have. I've always enjoyed traveling. And I'm not saying that in a "this is what makes me special" way—I cannot overstate how much I hate when people do that. Tell me something interesting about [...]