Delicacies, Excursions, Italy, Milano, The Feels

mini update // short two week update

November 17 – December 1, 2015

Bonjour WordPress,

My boyfriend visited Europe and I for his two week Fall break (He has a weird school system). Being in a long distance relationship and all (Tokyo —  San Diego), EVERYBODY knew how remarkably excited I was for November 17th.

  • The two of us conquered:

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Marrakech // Souks, mint tea, and night skies

November 13, 2015

Dear WordPress,

I have officially set foot onto my fourth continent, Africa.

Right at the left corner of Africa sits Morocco, a beautiful country affluent with character. My convincing friends influenced me into buying this cheap round trip Ryanair ticket to Marrakech (15 euros each way).  After several weekends of globetrotting Europe, Morocco was indeed one valuable weekend experience.

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Copenhagen, Delicacies, Excursions

Copenhagen // Best Brunch, Rosenborg Castle, the Little Mermaid

November 10, 2015

Hello WordPress,

Amanda and Stef left to make it back in time for their Monday class. Rebecca, Tim, and I enjoyed the sunshine Copenhagen spared us for our last day.

The wind blew the clouds away (along with us).

Brunch @ Paludan Bogcafe

Our intent on ‘splurging’ for one meal didn’t happen.The supposed splurge budget we saved for brunch ended up being under 100 DKK (All our meals were under 100 DKK, impressive yah? Fully enjoyed + budgeted trip)

The egg, bacon, muesli, pancake, fruits, toast, smoked salmon, melon with prosciutto, blueberry smoothie, and cheese was screaming quality at us. This plate let us enjoy every breakfast dish we were craving back in Milan.

The freshness of each ingredient had Tim, Rebecca, and I raving. The ambience of antique books and cushioned seats perfected the moment.

My mood was boosted by 1000% after being able to talk to Taiga on facebook call for about five minutes (what am I being turned into, a needy girlfriend? lol).


My first airbnb! After Christina’s mishap in Milan (macbook air stolen), I felt cautious and a bit skeptical about it all.

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Delicacies, Excursions, Italy, Milano, The Feels

Milan // Airbnb burglar, Milan Expo 2015

October 26-27, 2015

Dear WordPress,

Milano Expo 2015
Christina ventured off to explore Milan on her own while I crammed for my last midterm after we came back from Munich. Sorry Tina! After marking my last answer, I ran (really, ran) to the Expo to catch up with her!

I gave her my extra ticket I received from Bocconi so she could get a head start and see what the Milan Expo had to offer.

I’ve wanted to go to the Expo ever since stepping foot in Milan and can’t believe I procrastinated from going all this time. I arrived at 7:30pm and could only visit a few expositions due to long lines and a lack of directions, but it was like an amusement park! The venue was ginormous! I mean, they built a special metro station for it right?

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Delicacies, Excursions, Italy

Venezia // Sara, paintings, and pasta

October 11, 2015

Dear WordPress,

The last two days were spent under Sara’s roof! Sara is a girl I met through the Hanwa work camp in Japan last year. I can’t believe that our paths are crossing once again. She was so sweet and we have countless memories from last summer. Being a local college student, she lives amongst three girls and one other guy from the same university. Her apartment is on the second floor in the heart of Venice. A majority of the conversations that went on these past two days were a mystery, but I tried to pick up a few words here and there. Living in an “Italian home” must’ve felt as clueless as this. Arcobaleno made the language barrier so hard to break.

DID YOU KNOW: Arcobaleno means rainbow. I’ve been living here for two months and I finally know what my residence hall means in English. I mean, it makes sense yeah? Rainbow = different colors, Different colors = different ethnicities?

If I was living like this for four months, I would’ve definitely pick up Italian a lot faster. I think I got more Italian out of these past two days than the two months I was here. (Which is pretty cool!)

Her cat was the cutest and even made me consider getting a cat. I’m a dog person so this is a first. lol CHE CARINO (How cute) ❤

Sara took me to the Museum Ca’ Rezzonico and Gallerie dell’Academia. Since Sara is an art fanatic herself (her dream is to work at an art auction) , it was a great opportunity for her to shed some light on me. I’m not art’s number one fan, but these museums showed me the details + beauty in paintings. The details that goes into each piece made me really want to touch all the layers but I obediently kept my hands in my pockets.

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Barcelona, Delicacies, Excursions

Barcelona // Final day, Mercat Boqueria, Castel Montjuic

October 5, 2015

Buenos Dias WordPress,

It was an early last morning in Barcelona. After grabbing some must-have flaky buttery croissants and cafe con leche at Petit Pot near our hostel (perfect croissants by the way), we headed to Castel Montjuic in under-the-weather conditions.

Castel Montjuic is the farthest destination we could possibly have picked, but we just had to go back to see it after taking a glimpse for the Magic Fountain show a few nights back. (Told you I’d come back)

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Barcelona // Empanadas, Tours, and Park Ciutadella

October 4, 2015

Hola Buon Dia WordPress,

DID YOU KNOW: Barcelona is on the verge of an independence movement? It may become its own country called Catalunya. Most people mainly speak Catalan (their language) So 3-years of high school Spanish didn’t save my poor attempt to read signs on the streets.

So how do I know all these “DID YOU KNOWS”? The answer is all thanks to Rayting (my Australian friend travelling Barcelona at the same time + in the same hostel)! She recommended this daily free walking tour hosted by our hostel360! Rebecca ditched us in order to make it to her Monday class. *tear SO Cameron and I decided to participate on this two hour historical/fact-filled free walking tour.

Before 10:40am (the tour) , I had breakfast with Rayting’s travel group of 6 girls. We got breakfast at this fancy place nearby. I had a delicious spanish omelet + some mini cakes. It was a tad pricey. I wouldn’t have gotten those mini cakes if I knew they were 1.1 euro each -___- It was delicious so I decided not to regret it lol. Talking to those girlies was a nice change from talking to Cameron all day… LOL jk Cameron, you’re awesome. aha

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