My Vineyard Adventure in The Valley of Gods

Just north of Verona and rising up towards the Lessini Mountains lies a stunning valley, once known to the ancient Greeks as “The Valley of Gods.” Today the name Valpantena has adopted the meaning of “Valley of Wines” in the Veronese tradition.  Valpantena may not be a hugely recognized region but it has been known to […]

Golfo dei Poeti e Le Cinque Terre: The Gulf of Poets and The Five Lands

    Upon arriving in Italy I had originally had no plans to visit the famous Cinque Terre, although I had heard of it and seen the stunning photos of Riomaggiore and Manarola in travel mags and on calendars. One Thursday night while my two friends/roommates and I were sitting around in our apartment in Verona, we […]

Airlie Beach and My Whitsunday Weekend

If you’ve never before heard of Whitehaven beach, here’s the thing to know: It’s been named The Best Beach in The South Pacific and in 2013 was named the third most beautiful beach in the world.   Being Australia’s most photographed beach it’s easy to see why, with the swirling white silica sands, that change their […]

The Great Ocean Road

Here I am staring in awe at a rock. It sounds ridiculous and I guess, maybe it is. But I’m standing here where an ancient ocean had carved through 50 meters of limestone to get closer to the land. In this moment I feel so small, and that’s good. It’s these moments that make me want to […]

Abroad: A Series of Awkward Events

          One of my best friends once described our lives as “a series of awkward events.” On my own and so far away from home for the first time, “she has no idea,” I thought. “Are you sure this is normal? Australians really do this?” I asked my roommate as she […]

Byron Bay Via The Magic Bus

69 college students, our backpacks and a shirtless driver all crammed into The Magic Bus on our way to Backpackers Inn in Byron Bay, NSW. Outside it was raining a kind of rain that I’ve only ever seen in Australia with the occasional bolt of lightening. Inside there was a dim glow from the lights. Some slept, some squinted […]

Memphis, Music and Southern Hospitality

“Memphis is in a very lucky position on the map. Everything just gravitated to Memphis for years.” – Steve Cropper   I don’t know if it was luck or fate that made Memphis what it is today, but it certainly does have a rich history and it is impossible to talk about Memphis without talking about Music. Known as both “Home […]

Five Reasons to Run a Half Marathon

1. Because you can. If I can do it, so can you. I agreed to run in the St. Jude half marathon with my brother months ago and I honestly had planned on training for it but life got the best of me and as I stood in corral #11 out of 15 waiting to […]

What I’ve Learned from Learning Foreign Languages

  “A different language is a different vision of life” – Federico Fellini   Languages are much more than words. They are culture in a nearly tangible form. They are something you shape with your mouth, feel with your tongue and breath life into it with your own thoughts and ideas. We can read them, […]

Nineteen Hanged, One Pressed to Death

This is something I originally wrote for my creative non-fiction writing class. Even though Halloween has come and gone and we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in just a few days, I’ve learned something from my visits to Salem this year that have helped me think about what’s currently going on in the world. Online, people post […]