Life is Magnifico! Cooking Class and Florence by Night


I’ve been here for 3 1/2 months and I’ve come to the realization that I am 100% content. I’m content with where I am at, I’m content that I don’t live in the United States right now. I’m content with the new culture. I’m content with my life. And I believe that being content is {Read More…}

Roman Madness Day 3: Unicorns and X Rated Tickets


Did you think that Rome had enough of the Brubaker girls? Well, we didn’t. Welcome to Rome day 3. And yes, our child-like behavior just got worse. Which means that it just was much more fun. Our day started on the subway (This was after I was judged for wearing pajamas to breakfast). Eros mentioned that if {Read More…}

Did We Just Do That? Roaming In Rome Day 2


  Today was one of those days. One of those days that you have an incredible time because you didn’t plan a thing. One of those days that you are with the ones you love and can subsequently act like your ridiculous self because you know they will still love you. Our day started by a visit {Read More…}

You Can’t See Rome In A Day: My Roman Adventure Day 1

After sharing Florence with my relatives, a city that I have dwelled in for 3+ months, we decided to take a trip to somewhere new, something that we could all share together for the first time. Welcome to our view into the city of Rome. I can’t tell you that we took the same view {Read More…}

How to Spread Florentine Fever


    I had the wonderful opportunity to welcome my mother, aunt, and cousin to my beautiful city. And the joy that mounted as I counted down the hours to see my mother was indescribable. I practically skipped to the train station to see her. And when we did finally hug for the first time in {Read More…}

Truffle Festival Fail: And How to Make a Fail Day Fun


  Many of you are most likely aware of my detail oriented obsession with keeping a journal of my life, down to the second that something will happen. I write dates, times, things to remember, everything. So as I stand in the SMN train station waiting for the rest of the school tour group, I {Read More…}

Give Thanks….giving


  The smell of cinnamon filled the air this morning at 6:30am as I stumbled into my shift at Fedora. Courtney (my fellow American shift buddy at the bakery) and I were given the task of preparing 50 small apple pies for dinner at Ganzo, the school’s restaurant where I myself would be enjoying Thanksgiving. {Read More…}

Take Me Back to My First Love: Montalcino and San Leo (Again)


  After embarking from Le Tre Stelle, we rerouted in the direction of Montalcino, located southeast of San Gimignano. Montalcino is another walled medieval town, situated on top of a mountain (overlooking vineyards…as pictured above). Despite the massive amounts of rain and fog, we managed to snap a few absolutely gorgeous photos that really sum up the city well. Unlike {Read More…}

San Gimignano: Family Style


It’s amazing how completely different a place can be when you return with a different group of people. In my case, I had the AMAZING opportunity to visit San Gimignano AGAIN with my momma, cousin, and aunt, who came all the way from good old PA to visit me in Tuscany. After one evening in {Read More…}

San Gimignano

I’ve realized that every single town that I go to in Tuscany I’m going to fall in love with. It’s just inevitable. San Gimignano was no different. With its beautiful walls, it’s “world-champion” gelato, and it’s plethora of Tuscan pottery, San Gimignano caught my Tuscan-loving attention. So naturally, hearing that  this lovely city has been {Read More…}