• How to Make Traditional Polish Pierogi

    When I visit a new city, I love learning all about the traditional cuisine. I’ve found that the best way to really experience the local food, other than eating at every restaurant you can find, is by taking a cooking class! I arrived in Krakow back in October and the first stop on my itinerary was Olgierd’s cooking class to learn how to make traditional Polish pierogi. If you get the chance to visit Krakow I would HIGHLY recommend booking Olgierd’s class. He is an extremely knowledgable chef and could not have been kinder or more patient with two Americans struggling to cook! Find the cooking class here. Also – make…

  • The Best of Split, Croatia

    A city of marble along the sunny Dalmatian Coast, Split is widely-known for it’s beauty and rich history. Filled with adventure, shopping, gorgeous views and delectable cuisine, Split should be high on every traveler’s bucket list. Although it’s true that there’s more to see in Split in the summer months, many of the city’s best attractions can be enjoyed in the off-season as well, and for a much cheaper price. As someone who’s been lucky enough to visit Split in multiple seasons, please enjoy my suggestions of what to do, see and eat in Split, Croatia. For a guide to some basic Croatian, see my post How to See Dubrovnik in…

  • The Best of Florence

    Florence is an extraordinary city filled with culture, history, delicious cuisine and the best leather products in all of Europe…no wonder it’s one of Italy’s most-visited destinations and the hub of Tuscany. Although I’m a Rome-grown girl at heart, I had the opportunity to live and work in Florence for 18 months and have been lucky enough to experience many of the city’s best attractions. Although Florence is not a large city compared to many of its Italian neighbors, you could spend months wandering the windy, cobblestoned streets, bargaining for the best price at the leather market, drinking vino on the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo, stuffing your face with Bistecca…

  • A Weekend in Paris

    Paris is one of the most-visited cities in the entire world, and for good reason. Even the 40 degree, rainy weather couldn’t destroy Paris’ magical charm. I have been lucky enough to visit on two separate occasions: once in 2017 during my study abroad semester and then again in 2019 as a “farewell to Europe” trip. Both times, the city stole my heart. With a population of over two million people, Paris is a huge city with lots of famous attractions. A weekend trip to this romantic city warrants some serious planning. Keep scrolling for the best things to do in Paris! A Quick French Lesson Whenever I travel to a…

  • A 3-Day Kraków Itinerary

    Poland, specifically Kraków, has been on my bucket list forever! A few months ago, I found a cheap Ryanair flight flying Pisa to Kraków and, since I will sadly be leaving Europe soon, I jumped at the chance to spend a weekend in a new city. I had three full days in Kraków, so naturally I began researching and deciding on the most efficient way to see the best of the city in only a long weekend. Three incredible and exhausting days later, I present to you, the best things to see in Kraków in 72 hours! Some Useful Polish Vocab Good morning: Dzień dobry (jen-dobray) Please: Poproszę (pop-roh-say) Thank…

  • The Best Bavarian Restaurants in Munich

    I’ve been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time in Munich during the Fruhlingsfest and Oktoberfest seasons. During that time, I’ve made it my mission to find and eat at the best and most traditional Bavarian restaurants in Munich! German food is not for everyone, it’s very meat and bread heavy, but personally I love every bit of it. Make sure to eat your fill of tasty Bavarian food during your time in Munich! If you’d like some suggestions of what to do and see around the city, check out my post Two Weeks in Munich.   Hofbräuhaus One of the most famous biergartens in Munich, Hofbräuhaus literally means…

  • The Ultimate Interlaken Itinerary

    Although definitely not easy to navigate on a budget, Interlaken remains one of the most stunning destinations I’ve been lucky enough to visit. A tiny Swiss town surrounded on all sides by towering mountains and sparkling blue lakes, Interlaken is Europe’s extreme sport capital and home to every outdoor activity you could possibly imagine. If you are a study abroad student thinking of visiting Interlaken, I would highly recommend booking your weekend trip through Bus2alps. With so many activities to chose from, it can be very useful to have knowledgeable guides ready to help you at the drop of a hat. Keep scrolling for a list of my favorite budget…

  • How to See Barcelona in a Weekend

    Barcelona was the first city I ever visited in Spain and, years later, it remains my favorite. I went for the first time back in 2017 for my study abroad spring break and was lucky enough to return this past Spring. I learned that March is the perfect time to visit Barcelona! There are less tourists than the summer months and the temperature is warm but not uncomfortably hot. No matter when you are able to visit, Barcelona will be sure to steal your heart. Keep scrolling to see the best of Barcelona in only a weekend! Where to Stay There are plenty of adorable and fun-filled neighborhoods to stay…

  • 48 Hours in Budapest

    The best part about living in Italy is being able to book spontaneous European vacations without breaking the bank! A few weeks ago, I had a couple free days ahead of me and decided to hop on Skyscanner.com and browse the cheap flights (a very dangerous hobby btw). As luck would have it, flights from Milan to Budapest were stupid cheap and, having been wanting to visit Hungary for years, I decided to book right then and there. Although I only had time for a quick 2-day visit, it was plenty of time to see the city highlights. Keep reading for my complete list of what to do in Budapest! Where to…

  • Two Weeks in Munich

    Although Munich is a fantastic city to visit any time of the year, the city truly flourishes during festival season. Oktoberfest, late-September through early-October, and Fruhlingsfest, late-April through early-May, are the ideal times to visit Munich. So pack up your dirndl (or lederhosen) and get ready to Prost! However, as much fun as the festivals […]