Wanderlust: My Favorite Places

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Prague, Czech Republic

In my junior year of my undergrad, I was lucky enough to be able to study abroad. I lived in Prague for two semesters and, although sometimes it was miserable (i.e. December with inadequate snow boots & living in a former communist prison), it truly did become a home to me. I grew as a person and an adventurer, trying things I previously never would have dared to have done.

Austria

Wow, what beautiful country with even more beautiful people. Austrians are the most hospitable and friendly people I’ve ever met. There is so much to see in this little country! Oh, and did I mention they have this amazing brand of chocolate called “Milka”?

Cinque Terre, Italy

When I was living in Prague, Jonathan took his leave from Iraq and came to visit me. We wanted an adventure so decided it would be fun to head to the Cinque Terre. I previously visited Monterrosso for one day when my cousin visited me in Europe, but instantly knew that I wanted to explore the area with Jonathan. During our trip, Jonathan and I hiked from Monterrosso to Vernazza (pictured above) and then had the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. We kayaked in the sea, lounged on the beach, and tried all kinds of yummy Italian food. This area of Italy is such a hidden gem. I would love to go back and hike through all five towns.

Saint Lucia

Can I say BEST. HONEYMOON. EVER?? Such a romantic place and activities for every type of person. Drinking, dancing, relaxing, eating, swimming, zip-lining, horseback riding, snorkeling, good people, and pretty sights.

Costa Rica

Living in Costa Rica was a test to see if I wanted to study abroad for a longer period of time. Needless to say, I loved it! There were many ups (swimming in waterfalls, seeing a volcano, white water rafting) and a few downs (staph infection, no hot water, constant rain). I lived with a sweet Tico family and their dog named Pepe. Their motto “Pura Vida” was inspirational and this trip forever instilled in me the desire to learn about other cultures and to see the world.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona was a fun “Mommy/Daughter” trip that involved chocolate churros, fried squid & caprese salads, and a lot of weird architecture. We spent the whole trip wandering around this big city and just soaking it all in. I think I loved it so much because it was a metropolitan area that still managed to feel a small town. Plus it was on the beach!

Florida

My all time favorite vacation spot. I’ve been going to Florida since I was just a little baby and I don’t think it will ever get old. I love laying in the sand, listening to the waves, and reading a good book.

The Great Smoky Mountains

Another favorite place to vacation with my family. Hiking through the mountains, roasting marshmallows, and scouting for bears make for such a fun trip!

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