Coincidentally, this month not only marks the one-year anniversary of Characters & Carry-ons, but also the three-year anniversary of one of the best travel experiences of my life. I wanted to share the story with you all because it was a huge inspiration for this blog.Read More
I can't believe I used to live a 5 minute walk away from this place. No matter how low-key and underwhelming Navigli might be to tourists, I was always enamored by the graffiti, sunsets, aperitivo nights, my favorite crepe place in Milan. I miss it all so much, and of course I especially miss walking around blasting my headphones-- dancing and singing loudly to myself (things you can only do in a foreign place where you won't get recognized haha).Read More
It's the flip side of traveling and living in different places: I'm always constantly leaving a part of myself in another place, whether it's the food, the vibes, the lifestyle, my friends. I'm not sure I'll ever feel at peace in just one city, but I'm grateful for every last bit of it--the wonder, the surprise, the restlessness, the joy, the heartache, the permanent nomadic feeling...
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." - A. A. Milne
Angela, Eric, Keen, Tom and I went on a trip to yet another lake (Milan really made me miss natural sources of water, especially being a beachy Californian). The lake itself wasn't particularly interesting--of course it was beautiful and calming--but we didn't see any boats or hiking trails, or even that many people. But the trip was more proof that the location doesn't matter as much if you go with fun people.Read More
There's really no place like Venice. I love how the color of the water changes constantly, adding various moods to the city, and almost as colorful as the buildings. I love all the bridges, from elaborate to simple to big to small. I love that no matter how much I had hyped this place up in my head, it had met and exceeded all my expectations.Read More