Pompeii has always been one of those places that captured my imagination from a young age. I used to read all about the beautiful little city by the sea that was tragically ended by a horrific volcanic eruption over a thousand years ago. Call me morbid but I can’t deny that I’ve always been fascinated by Pompeii, partially because there is still so much mystery about the people who lived there and their everyday lives.
So when a few friends and I had the opportunity to take a day trip to Pompeii when I was in Italy two years ago, I jumped at the chance. I already had other plans to go back to Rome so I felt no regret about catching a train to Naples and from there, a little commuter train into Pompeii (which was super hard to find in the train station!).
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the ruins of the famous city, which was admittedly very eerie when the sun started to go down and the shadows lengthened. And honestly, traveling to Pompeii was a very humbling experience for me because the city itself serves as a reminder of the fragility of human life.
Over a year ago while studying abroad in London, a group of us decided to escape the city for the day. We booked our train tickets, packed our bags, and headed out to Brighton. The train ride was only about an hour long, which gave us just enough time for some snoozing before we were off exploring the streets and alleyways of the little seaside town. Our first stop was lunch at Terre a Terre, a vegetarian restaurant with the most amazing food. I didn’t get any pictures of my meal but I remember that I ordered the special of the day and I would definitely recommend stopping by!
Our next stop was, maybe obviously, the beach.
While studying abroad in London last year, a few friends and I made a trip up to Edinburgh, Scotland for the weekend. We hadn’t done much research about what to do ahead of time (which is totally uncharacteristic for me since I’m usually very on top of things while traveling), so we didn’t really have any idea what was in store for us that lovely weekend. One thing that I really enjoyed was that although Edinburgh is a big city, it had a much more laid-back feeling which was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of three months in London.
After I graduated high school in 2011, my family and I traveled around France and Spain for two weeks. For the second half of our European adventure, we stayed in a timeshare in Málaga, Spain that was right off of the beach. The view from the condo was incredible with both views of the ocean to the left and the distant mountains to our right.
The program I studied abroad with last fall included two 10 day breaks during the semester and for the first of these breaks my mom flew all the way over from the States to travel with me to Berlin and Brussels. While the history of Berlin is fascinating and the city is a weird combination of old and incredibly modern, it was really the quaint little city of Brussels that really captured my heart on that trip. We were only in the city for about 2.5 days total and we made the most of our stay by exploring the streets of Brussels, sharing whipped cream covered waffles and talking to the locals.