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"No cars. No trucks. Just islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Stripe shirts and gondoliers, water taxis, and Murano glass. Centuries of art and gelato for days."

J. Crew's October Style Guide is set in Venice, Italy…and sounds a little like my study abroad experience. That, and a lot of boat rides.

"No cars. No trucks. Just islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Stripe shirts and gondoliers, water taxis, and Murano glass. Centuries of art and gelato for days."

J. Crew's October Style Guide is set in Venice, Italy…and sounds a little like my study abroad experience. That, and a lot of boat rides.

I am so honored to be my father’s daughter, once and always. Happy Father’s Day, Daddy! Here’s to more years and more travels!

I am so honored to be my father’s daughter, once and always. Happy Father’s Day, Daddy! Here’s to more years and more travels!

post-grad realities

  • Me:
    I want to go to Paris again! Or just travel
  • Melanie:
    Just travel in general, pretty much
  • Me:
    So many places, so little time!
  • Melanie:
    ... so little vacation days
  • Me:
    So little salary.

I will: brown-bag it for lunch, implement an extraneous spending freeze for a year, re-use old furniture, wear sweatshirts to bed to save on heat, keep a piggy bank of change, make my own tea and coffee in the morning (every morning),  anything and everything to afford a two week trip to this long-lusted travel destination, pre-Olympics.

I will: brown-bag it for lunch, implement an extraneous spending freeze for a year, re-use old furniture, wear sweatshirts to bed to save on heat, keep a piggy bank of change, make my own tea and coffee in the morning (every morning),  anything and everything to afford a two week trip to this long-lusted travel destination, pre-Olympics.

(Source: The New York Times)


If I had a penny for every pagoda or red lantern I saw in China….

You know how the saying goes.


The Bund: my favorite spot in Shanghai.

There’s a Chinese saying I’ve learned that goes something like this: “where there’s mountain and there’s water, there is paradise.” Photo taken during yesterday’s trip to 宝峰湖 (Baofeng Lake).

There’s a Chinese saying I’ve learned that goes something like this: “where there’s mountain and there’s water, there is paradise.” Photo taken during yesterday’s trip to 宝峰湖 (Baofeng Lake).


On today’s agenda: visiting the Zhangjiajie National Park, perhaps better known as the Hallelujah Mountains from David Cameron’s Avatar.

For anyone who is near Boston College today, there will be a panel discussion and reception (read: food + drinks!) today at the Heights Room in Corcoran Commons. Discussion topics include, but are not limited to: transitioning back to the U.S. after a semester abroad, marketing your study abroad experience, and networking networking networking (I’m told PwC is one of the employers represented). I’ll be speaking at the panel and would love to answer any questions or just wax poetic about Italy!

For anyone who is near Boston College today, there will be a panel discussion and reception (read: food + drinks!) today at the Heights Room in Corcoran Commons. Discussion topics include, but are not limited to: transitioning back to the U.S. after a semester abroad, marketing your study abroad experience, and networking networking networking (I’m told PwC is one of the employers represented). I’ll be speaking at the panel and would love to answer any questions or just wax poetic about Italy!

My first post for Boston College Study Abroad Facebook page is up. Looking forward to posting more interviews with friends who did even cooler things abroad.

My first post for Boston College Study Abroad Facebook page is up. Looking forward to posting more interviews with friends who did even cooler things abroad.

at least we had padua

  • Melanie:
    I could never go abroad to Austria. There's nothing to do, it's such an old city.
  • Melanie:
    Oh, but so was Venice.
  • Me:
    ...but we had Padua.


New York Times and Cary Randolph of Fresh Every Day have fully convinced me on a joy trip out to the Windy City.

The last days: a beautiful sunset over Venice, as seen from the island of San Servolo, Photo: personal photography.

The last days: a beautiful sunset over Venice, as seen from the island of San Servolo, Photo: personal photography.

The Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, understated in design but definitely not understated in collection. Taken from today’s little field trip.

The Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, understated in design but definitely not understated in collection. Taken from today’s little field trip.

Having walked in the Mucha Museum in Nové Město knowing little about Art Nouveau (and much less about Alfons Mucha), I was pleasantly surprised by what turned out to be a fantastic decision on a last stop in Prague. The level of detail, design, color, and lines in every piece was captivating in the sense that you find yourself staring off into the distance in the illustration to inspect these little things before you can even consider it as a whole. That’s how I felt when I came across Mucha’s series of Fours—Four Times of Day, Four Seasons, Four Flowers (above), namely the “Rose” (last). The straight-on stare-down, the halo of flowers, muted pastels, and the elegant collar on the otherwise simple white gown that brings out not just the flower it is titled after, but the personality of it too. The most magical part of it all, however, is finding a postcard sized version of the “Rose” in duty-free at the Prague Airport (of all places!) after scouring the Mucha gift shop, souvenir shops, and street vendors the night before looking for the replica.  
Travel suggestion: head to the Mucha a little before closing (17-18:00) when it’s relatively calm. Give yourself a hour or two—It isn’t a large museum, just one level. Afterwards, walk or take the metro to Café Louvre on Národní for a sip of Czech culture.

Having walked in the Mucha Museum in Nové Město knowing little about Art Nouveau (and much less about Alfons Mucha), I was pleasantly surprised by what turned out to be a fantastic decision on a last stop in Prague. The level of detail, design, color, and lines in every piece was captivating in the sense that you find yourself staring off into the distance in the illustration to inspect these little things before you can even consider it as a whole. That’s how I felt when I came across Mucha’s series of Fours—Four Times of Day, Four Seasons, Four Flowers (above), namely the “Rose” (last). The straight-on stare-down, the halo of flowers, muted pastels, and the elegant collar on the otherwise simple white gown that brings out not just the flower it is titled after, but the personality of it too. The most magical part of it all, however, is finding a postcard sized version of the “Rose” in duty-free at the Prague Airport (of all places!) after scouring the Mucha gift shop, souvenir shops, and street vendors the night before looking for the replica. 

Travel suggestion: head to the Mucha a little before closing (17-18:00) when it’s relatively calm. Give yourself a hour or two—It isn’t a large museum, just one level. Afterwards, walk or take the metro to Café Louvre on Národní for a sip of Czech culture.


Discoveries, thoughts, travels, and inspiration on a dairly basis.