AMSTERDAM | NETHERLANDS

My second to last stop in Europe before heading home was Amsterdam. My friends and I stopped here for five days after Marrakech. When we arrived we ubered to our hotel (Budget Hotel Tourist Inn) in the downtown area of Amsterdam. Amsterdam was by far the most expensive hotel we paid for during our time in Europe and it was the size of a closet. I would recommend this hotel though since we were able to stay in the city and it was clean. We did have to carry all or our luggage up two flights of stairs on the tinniest staircase, which is apparently pretty common in Amsterdam since the buildings are so small and tall.

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FIVE MONTHS, TWELVE COUNTRIES

This past semester I studied fashion in Florence, Italy. During my semester abroad I had the amazing opportunity to visit and explore 12 countries in Europe and Africa. I’m so thankful for this experience and my time there, but I’m excited to be back in the states. Below is a little recap of everywhere I went for now, more posts for each trip coming soon!

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Venice | Italy

Last month my friends and I went on a day trip to Venice for the second day of Carnival. Each year Carnival has a new theme and this year the theme was, “Creatum: Civitas Ludens” which translates to, “Creativity: City of Sport.” The carnival runs every year for two weeks ending on Fat Tuesday. The highlight of going on day two was watching the water parade and getting to sample free food from the town (given out during the parade) including a bean pasta soup and sandwiches. The parade featured fun floats as well as political ones; this year included a Trump float with a sign reading, “mine is bigger than yours” and a nuclear button in front of a Trump doll.

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BOLOGNA | ITALY

I finally arrived in Florence last Thursday for my semester abroad, the best possible start to 2018. I’m so excited to spend the next 6 months traveling through Europe with my friends. We went on our first trip Sunday to Bologna, a little Italian town outside of Florence. We walked around the town, got cappuccino’s and shopped at & Other Stories. To get a little look into what we saw check out the video below!

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