Corfu, Greece

Corfu, Greece |

For my fall break trip while studying abroad, I decided to go on a 10-day “Greece Island Hopping” trip.  We visited Corfu, Athens, and Santorini.  It was a great trip, and Greece was absolutely beautiful.  My favorite part about this trip though, was that I met really great people.  This was my first trip that I went on “alone”.  I went with a large group of students (Bus2Alps), but no one that I knew.  For anyone going abroad, I would definitely recommend going on at least one trip with nobody that you know.  I am a fairly shy person so I was really nervous to go to Greece without a friend.  But, I wanted to see Greece and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t go.  I ended up meeting some really great people, and since we were together for 10 days, we all became good friends.

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Spinach Risotto

Spinach Risotto Recipe |

In my class “Current Trends in Italian Cuisine”, one of our projects was to make a traditional Italian dish at home and take photos of the process.  Good thing I absolutely love food photography – this project was perfect for me!  For my project, I decided to make spinach risotto.  This was my first time making risotto, and it turned out great.  Once you master the steps of making risotto, you can change the flavoring ingredients and be as creative as you would like.

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Modena, Italy: Parmesan Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar

Hombre Organic Farm in Modena, Italy |

In my Science of Food and Wellbeing class this fall, we took a field trip to Modena, Italy.  This field trip was something I have been looking forward to all semester – and it definitely surpassed my expectations.  At home, I attend Kansas State University and study Bakery Science.  My degree is in the agriculture department, so it was a real treat for me to get to see how food is produced in Italy and compare it to the methods in the United States.

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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy |

My trip to Rome, Italy was the first of two school trips that I chose to go on.  There was a group of about 30 students lead by two professors from my school.  The trips that are organized by my school are on Saturdays and Sundays.  All of my other weekend trips I have been on leave on Thursday nights, so it was nice to have Friday in Florence to get homework done.  My roommates Regan and Victoria went on this trip as well.  I was definitely glad that I went with an organized tour because it would have been overwhelming to do it on my own.  We arrived to Rome at about 9:30 in the morning and went straight from the bus to the Colosseum.

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Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii, Italy |

On the third day of my trip to the Amalfi Coast, I visited Pompeii, Italy.  I wish I could have spent more time there, but I’m glad I got to see it.  I decided to pay for a tour guide, which was a good decision because I would have missed a lot if I went on my own.  Pompeii was originally settled by the Greeks, so it has mostly Greek architecture with some Roman influence.  In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the entire city in ash.  It was not rediscovered until 1748.

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Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy |

Positano, Italy was my favorite day of my trip to the Amalfi Coast.  I am normally not a huge “beach person”, but I had an absolutely wonderful day!  The beach was supposedly a black sand beach, but it was actually rocks instead of sand.  It hurt a little bit to walk on, but it was nice not to have sand stuck all over everything.  While swimming in the ocean, you overlooked all of the buildings built into the cliffs.  It was definitely the prettiest view I have ever seen while swimming!

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Capri, Italy

Capri, Italy |

I went to Capri during a weekend Amalfi Coast trip with Bus2Alps.  During our trip we stayed in Sorrento and visited Capri, Positano and Pompeii.  It was an amazing weekend!  I went with my room mates Caroline, Melanie, and Victoria.  We all booked our trip separately, so I ended up staying in a hotel with girls I did not know.  Even though it was a hotel, it was not as nice as the hostel we stayed at in Munich.  Our first trip of the weekend was to Capri, Italy.  Unfortunately, Victoria couldn’t make it to the first day of the trip, so I spent the day with Melanie and Caroline.

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Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp |

On Sunday during my trip to Munich, I visited Dachau concentration camp.  Before I went, I had this idea in my head that visiting Dachau help me understand that the Holocaust.  I have learned about the Holocaust for many years in school, and I even took a college course on the Holocaust during my sophomore year.  After visiting Dachau, I finally understood the fact that no one will ever be able to understand.  I still even find it hard to believe that I physically saw where such horrible things happened.  I want to share with you a little bit about Dachau and what I saw on that Sunday.  I know that it is a very emotional subject to discuss on the internet, but I want to share it for anyone who will not be able to visit Dachau, or other concentration camps, themselves.

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Oktoberfest |

On Saturday during our weekend in Munich, we went to the opening ceremony of Oktoberfest.  I was there with Sam and Madison from K-State, and also my roommates Caroline, Melanie and Victoria.  The photo above, from left to right, is me, Sam, and Caroline.  We booked our trip through the company Bus2Alps, and chose the option to stay in a hostel.  They also give an option to stay at a campsite, but I’m glad we didn’t because it was very cold at night.  On the other weekends of the Oktoberfest trip, you have the option of going to Oktoberfest on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday.  However, since we were there for opening day, the festival didn’t start until noon on Saturday.  It worked out well that we booked our trip for the opening weekend, because we all agreed we wouldn’t have wanted to be at Oktoberfest for more than one day.

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Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany |

Last weekend I was in Munich, Germany for the opening ceremony of Oktoberfest.  It was my first trip outside of Italy this semester.  I booked my trip through Bus2Alps, and went with Sam and Madison from K-State, as well as my roommates Caroline, Melanie, and Victoria.  It was also my first time staying in a hostel.  The one we stayed in was called Jaeger’s Hostel, and it was a lot nicer than I expected it to be.  Everyone loved Germany, it was very clean and we all liked the mix of old and new architecture.

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