hi! so during winter quarter this year i applied to take two courses abroad in berlin, germany this summer, and my application got accepted! i got in during winter quarter, but i didn't want to spread the news until things got a little more finalized. so now that things are a little more concrete, i was super excited to share it with all of you! i am beyond thrilled and grateful for this experience. i will be living in berlin for a month with two short trips to munich and dessau. i may also be doing a little traveling around europe before my classes begin, but i can't i'm completely sure what the plan is there so there's not much to say. i know a lot of people will wonder why i chose berlin as my destination to study abroad when there are so many other countries in europe that seem to offer so much more. i guess berlin isn't as flashy and popular as say some other destinations, but i think it's a fascinating city with a lot of history in it and i'm really looking forward to discovering all its quirks and gems. although i know i'll have plenty of time there to plan what i want to see in berlin, i've been casually looking at some of the things the city has to offer and so i wanted to share some of the ones i'm most excited about. maybe you're traveling to germany and you can put these on your list to check out, or maybe these will spark your imagination to check out berlin yourself! either way i want to add that this post isn't about the main touristy things. i will no doubt be visiting all of the most important and popular spots, but with a month in the city i know there will be plenty of time to check out the cool, less mainstream things berlin has to offer.
italy is a place many people dream of going to; i know i always did. when i was in high school though, i had the amazing opportunity to travel to italy with my family the summer after my sophomore year. i can still remember the excitement i felt building up in me in the days leading up to our trip. i couldn't wait to experience a different culture; i imagined it would be a whole new world. and it was. during our trip we traveled to three cities; rome, florence, and venice. i have to say, however, florence was the magical city that stole my heart.
a week ago was veterans day, which meant i had the day off from school! so... one of my suit mates and i decided to spend the day exploring san diego. we had been wanting to check out the north park neighborhood, and we decided this would be the perfect opportunity. we woke up early, caught two bus rides, and finally found ourselves in the charming and unique neighborhood of north park. we quickly found out that our journey there was well worth it. we started with breakfast at holsem, which i totally recommend. you MUST try their lavender drink!
my summer vacation is coming to an end, (i move this week!) and with that my mom decided to squeeze in one last mini vacation. she wouldn't tell me where we were going until that morning, and even then she didn't really know for sure herself. we simply decided to drive north along the coast and stop wherever we wanted. it was SO nice not having a strict itinerary; it really made it feel like a vacation. so thursday morning i packed my overnight bag and we decided to head for santa barbara. we stopped in downtown santa barbara for lunch, and i swear i ate some of the best pizza EVER. we ate at a restaurant called persona wood fired pizza; i would HIGHLY recommend it if you ever find yourself in santa barbara. after, we did some shopping then headed further north to solvang.
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