Why Liège? | Day 51

When people go to Belgium, they go to Brussels or perhaps Bruge, but there I was on a train to Liège. Who goes this city while backpacking Europe? This girl. You’re probably wondering why Liège was even on my itinerary? I’ve got three reasons: waffles, frites and beer. And that’s exactly what I got. I hadContinue reading “Why Liège? | Day 51”

Because I Cannes | Day 44

After a week of unbearable heat and a plethora of mosquitoes bites on my body, an unwanted souvenir I acquired during my week in Italy, I was desperate to get to France. The trip there did not come easy. Failed plans of a rideshare created a day of traveling by train from Monterosso to Cannes onContinue reading “Because I Cannes | Day 44”

Cinque Terre | Day 43

Ever since I left the Scandinavian islands and made my way inland through Europe, I was anxious to get to a coastal city again– Cinque Terre, the five towns that sit alongside the cliffs off the coast in Italy. The salt-filled wind brushed against my skin; I made it. I finally made it from the BalticContinue reading “Cinque Terre | Day 43”

Wes Anderson’s Milan | Day 42

If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a Wes Anderson film, one way you can realize that dream is by visiting the cafe that Wes Anderson designed himself– Bar Luce. I only spent time in Milan because I found out about this cafe and decided I’d fit it into my itinerary. It’s not very often thatContinue reading “Wes Anderson’s Milan | Day 42”

Romanticized Rome | Day 41

In these ruins, you are bound to find beauty. In this city, you will be amongst many other outsiders, tourists, and vendors trying to force a selfie stick purchase upon you. Rome was the only city on my trip I intended to play tourist and made a goal to see the Colosseum. I had beenContinue reading “Romanticized Rome | Day 41”

I’ll Melt With You in Florence | Day 39

Memorized by all the details on the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, the main Cathedral of Florence, I asked my new friend if I could touch it. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that people who lived hundreds of years ago created such beauty that could withstand time and it was there rightContinue reading “I’ll Melt With You in Florence | Day 39”

Swiss Dreams | Day 37

A road trip in an old Volkswagen van with classic rock coming from the stereo; I was livin’ the dream. Growing up, I would watch Almost Famous and That 70’s Show full of envy that I was not born in that era. I always longed for the day I could own a VW van and travel.Continue reading “Swiss Dreams | Day 37”

In Innsbruck | Day 33

An old city engulfed by mountains, full of athletic types, that’s what Innsbruck is. What a breather it was to make a stop in Austria. Minimal tourists and mountains to look at in every corner. I was there for nature and wanted to see more than there was time for, but I took a hikeContinue reading “In Innsbruck | Day 33”

My Future Self in Munich | Day 32

There she was, sitting all alone in the largest beer garden in the world, licking her fingers with only a glass of beer and food to keep her company. I watched an old lady having lunch by herself in Hirschgarten, realizing she was mirroring me. I laughed to myself thinking, there’s my future self: foreverContinue reading “My Future Self in Munich | Day 32”

Czech Yourself | Day 28

With its attention to detail in its intricate architecture, Prague has got to be one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to yet, but it also reminded me how much I miss forests and that sense of solitude. By the end of this bus ride (Munich to Innsbruck), I will have been in 6Continue reading “Czech Yourself | Day 28”