March

I can’t believe it has already been a month since I last wrote you all. March really flew by, but I made the most of my time! At the beginning of the month I walked 7k with thousands of other woman in honor of international women’s day. The purpose of the campaign was to raise…

February

Salve! And just like that! Another month gone. This past month was amazing, and I made some memories that I know will last a lifetime. I had the opportunity to got to France, Germany, and Switzerland with my class. My friends and I had a fabulous time. We got to visit a nuclear power plant…

January

The end of January means I’ve been in Italy for five months, and I’m at the halfway point of my exchange! My time here has really flown by, so I try to make the most of it everyday. This month was a blast, and I was able to experience so many new things. I spent…

December

The start of the new year also signifies my 4th month here in Italy. I can’t believe it is already time for me to write another letter; the month of December flew by! This month I had the chance to go to Verona with my friends for school and to Milan with my host family….

November

Today marks my 3rd month in Italy! I can honestly say I truly feel at home here in Calcinato. This month has been fairly busy. I started choir and theater this month. Those paired with my italian lessons and spending time with my host family fill up my weekdays. On the weekends I have been…

October

I have been in Italy for 2 months now, and I have loved every minute of it! The month of October was filled with a lot of firsts for me! At the beginning of the month I got to ride my first train and visit Milan with my host family. It was wonderful to be…

September

It is hard to believe that I have already been in Italy for a month! On September 1st I walked out of baggage claim and was welcomed by my loving host family with a handmade poster, multiple hugs, lots of smiles, a gooey chocolate croissant, and a cappuccino. If that doesn’t explain how warm and…

Italy, here I come!

Ciao! Hello! The past few months have been hectic for me as I have been completing my senior year of high school. So here is a quick little overview. . . For my gold award I created a Saturday event for kids in grades K-5 and an after school program for kids grades 3-5. They…

Hello & Goodbye

First thing I do before I travel to a new country is learn how to say hello and goodbye. Here are a few greetings and farewells from across the world. (Links have pronunciations.)

Remembering your adventure

When you’re traveling souvenirs are always a must. But unless you’re going off the path beaten down by tourists, all of your souvenirs are probably coming from China. Here are some inexpensive ways to remember trip other than that key chain made in China but bought in Brazil.

Birthday Party!

Today I am turning 17! I am very blessed to have been fortunate enough to see the as much of the world as I have at such a young age. I’d like to quickly thank my parents for always supporting me and helping me achieve my dreams. Whether it be leaving for girl scout camp in the 3rd grade or taking a gap year abroad, they have always been behind me 100%

Traveling Alone Via Airport

Traveling alone in an airport. This can be extremely nerve racking. Having no one familiar to talk too, never being able to go to the bathroom without a stack of luggage keeping you company, and never knowing who you’re going to be sharing a plane ride with. It is a hassle, especially when you’re a teenager traveling alone. Here are some tips I use to make my travel day a bit smoother.