Pittsburgh and the Fallingwater

Pittsburgh is one of the most important cities in Pennsylvania and since I’ve lived in the state for two years, in one of my weekend getaway I visited the city and the Fallingwater.
I found Pittsburgh a very interesting city and I loved the vibe I got while I was there. Art seems to be very important for them and the skyline, with its skyscrapers, really remind you the golden years of steel. Very impressive. You feel quite safe both downtown and in the neighborhood areas, in fact, in 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the eleven most livable cities in the world and as the first- or second-most livable city in the United States in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Unfortunately, America’s 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out and you can imagine how crowded and animated this city must have been just by taking a walk downtown.
The Fallingwater is located a little bit outside Pittsburgh and it is a house build by Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, over a waterfall. He designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family (they were from Pittsburgh) and instantly became famous. Today it is a National Historic Landmark. Continue reading

Zurich + Maienfeld + The Bernina Train Ride (from Chur to Tirano via Saint Moritz)

For my date second time in Europe we organized to go to Switzerland. We both wanted to do the Bernina Train ride so bad and since it is not too far from Turin we planned three vacation days.
We did everything by train because we wanted to enjoy the landscapes as much as we could and I asked “Il girasole viaggi” to do a package for me because booking online was becoming too difficult and expensive. The package (500€) included everything except the night in Zurich that I Booked by myself. We went from Wednesday to Friday, in May.

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The Last Frontier

My trip in Alaska was one of the best adventures I had in the nature. I’ve dreamed about Alaska since my first months in the States, because during my first trip in Philly, there was a photographic exhibition at the Museum of Art and so many stunning pics about Alaska were shown and by looking at them I told myself: I must go! I travelled a lot during my two years and therefore there was no better destination for my travel month. The fact that Alaska is expensive is not a myth. This is probably the most expensive vacation I had and to give you an idea probably about 3000$ for two weeks. However I don’t regret I single dime. I’ll show you some pics, but to me they are not good enough to express the amazing beauty of that land.
It is also true that you have to be very well prepared and equipped to travel to Alaska because it can be dangerous for real, and after searching and googling for days I’ve decided to not take a solo tour because I didn’t feel ready and therefore I went with TrekAmerica. Needless to say that the guide you get makes the difference and I was very lucky to get an amazing one, Mike Harding. He has been to Alaska before and his experience and preparation really showed. Moreover he paid attention to everybody wishes and needs and that made my trip unforgettable.
Well, let’s start. I was there in July and in this time of the year there are almost 24hours sunlight. Something unbelievable that makes you full of energy and never tired.

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Venice

In occasion of my date’s first visit in Italy, other than Turin, I wanted to bring him to one of the most famous and charming city in Italy, Venice. I went there once when I was probably 13yo, and basically all my memories faded, so since Venice is known to be a very romantic city I thought it would have been the perfect destination.

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.
The Republic of Venice was a major financial and maritime power, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art (it was also the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi). The City State of Venice is considered to have been the first real international financial center. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
Venice has been ranked the most beautiful city in the world as of 2016. The city is facing some major challenges however, including financial difficulties, erosion, subsidence and an excessive number of tourists in peak periods

It was a long weekend, from the 30th of October to the 1st of November. We left Turin Sunday morning and we came back Tuesday evening. Continue reading

Miami, Keys, Everglades

Since in 2014 I’ve spent my New Year’s eve in NYC, therefore a very cold destination, for 2015 I’ve decided to go south for a roadtrip and it was a perfect choice because it happened to be one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. Moreover that year there was a particularly warm winter and we even had the chance to sunbathing and swimming!
Our vacation lasted a week and we were a group of three. Below the itinerary: Continue reading

How did it end?

If you ever wondered how my au pair adventure ended, today I’m here to tell you everything about it.

If you were following my blog, you probably know that I haven’t posted anything after my 11th month.
In my second year a lot of things changed, I started working more hours and I travelled like never before. Weekends were always busy, if it wasn’t travelling it was hanging out with my friends or spend time with my host family. That resulted in me abandoning my blog.

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The truth behind the life of an expat

Since I moved to the States I’ve heard many people telling me how much they were jealous of me. That they wished they had the same opportunity because the world is beautiful and how I was able to do that.
Well I believe that the perfect word is sacrifice. Traveling and/or living abroad for a long period of time is not as easy as you think.
You need to be ready to do it. It is very tough and it is not only my opinion. Every time I speak with a friend who is living the same kind of experience we agree on the same things.expat-state-of-mind

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Lancaster + Harrisburg

Hey guys,
It is a long time I’m not writing anything, but I was superbusy with vacation, trips and parties.

In June I went with Carolina for a weekend getwawy in Lancaster and Harrisburg! It was just the two of us and we had an amazing time. I couldn’t asked for a better buddy. We were never in a rush and we saw everything we planned, Continue reading