rome | character

Oh how I miss Europe. Sitting here at my desk, and I love that I've been in California for more than a month. I love that I don't have to finish everything before a trip or catch up after a trip. I'm just here and content. I do miss the travel and the exploration of new places, but I'm loving exploring the Bay Area. I'm so happy to meet up with friends in between deadlines and meetings. I love that I've had time to read in the in betweens, when I'm waiting in line for the post office or taking the train or when I arrive early for a meeting. I love it. Traveling can't compare to being at home, but I love both all the same.

Most of my heart will always be in California (the other part is in New York, of course).


Rome, Italy. January 2013 | Canon 5d markii 45mm tse

rome | on the street

When in Rome...

Visiting touristy spots is definitely a must, especially in a city with so much history like Rome.  However, I was sure to do some wandering (and getting lost) in this gorgeous city.  Texture covers every building, each with its own personality, much like the locals.  On this European adventure, I felt more like an observer than a tourist.  Over the years I've grown to love the experiences of immersing myself into a culture as much as I can.  Walking through side streets is a great way to do that.  Take the road less taken, for sure.  Off the beaten path!  Although, for a short time Sam & I rode one of those hop-on-hop-off tour buses, which I highly recommend to get a quick history and overview of a city.  (And if your feet are tired.)

This segment of the trip was very relaxing.  My cousin and I tried every type of pasta we could find.  And we spent many dinners just lounging and enjoying the scenery.  Rome is not my favorite city, but I did discover that many of the locals I saw were quite handsome and far more good looking than Parisian men.

my traveling companion.

If you hadn't realized it, I went on a two week european adventure. Most of my trips I travel on my own but this one I traveled with my little cousin Sam. She's actually not little, although she is kind of petite in stature. She's 21 but she's almost nine years younger than me, so I'm going to be calling her my "little" cousin for a while before I realize she's actually an adult. She has the travel bug, and I attribute that to her upcoming graduation. So we traveled around Paris, Milan and Rome. It was great. She always seemed to pick the tastier meal, but thankfully she always let me try her food. yum. There were times I tried to pawn her off on "hot" Italian guys, but that's another story. haha.

p.s. don't you just love all the stalker pictures I took of her. hahah.