Currently | June 2016

June 30, 2016

I can't believe July is already here! June was a great to start to the summer -- adjusting back to life in America, road tripping to Boston and New York, moving to New Hampshire, and starting one of my internships. I think July will be great as well; it's always one of my favorite months of the year. Here's what I loved during the month of June...

WATCHING | I started rewatching one of my favorite shows, Parenthood. I've also been loving The Great British Baking Show -- it's such a cozy show.

EATING | I've been trying to eat clean so I've been eating a lot of vegetables (especially loving snap peas and grape tomatoes). Thinking of doing a post on clean eating soon!

MISSING | definitely still missing life in Europe. It's making me want to plan a trip back as soon as possible (fingers crossed for next summer).

WANTING | to keep up my routine of exercise and healthy eating... a daily struggle.

PLANNING | little weekend trips around New England, the best thing to do in the summer! Headed to Ipswich and Cape Cod in Massachusetts this weekend, Martha's Vineyard next weekend, and hopefully Rhode Island at some point this summer.

READING | I finished Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave in a few days -- I really liked it. Now I'm reading The Royal We, a good easy beach read.

Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, Mass -- so pretty!

FEELING | so lucky to live in such a nice apartment and be surrounded by a bunch of friends who are living in the area for the summer, too.

WEARING | still liking off-the-shoulder tops and dresses.

ENJOYING | the beautiful summer weather and days spent exploring New Hampshire and New England.

DRINKING | iced coffee and Trader Joe's green smoothies.


LOOKING FORWARD TO... | celebrating my sister's 22nd tomorrow!!! And ringing in 4th of July on Cape Cod.

A Day in Kittery

June 28, 2016

Lately, I can't seem to be able to sit still. Living in a fairly new-to-me region, I always want to be out driving around exploring new towns and neighborhoods. Last Friday, I decided to take a quick trip across the border to Kittery, Maine.

Kittery is right across the river from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and I think it definitely has started absorbing some of the activity from downtown Portsmouth. The small Kittery downtown is filling up with trendy restaurants and bars, small artisan shops, and cute cafes.

I'm kind of obsessed! It feels a bit shabbier than Portmsouth (in a charming way), but still has a similar vibe... without the crowds. I especially loved this newer store, Tayla Mac Boutique, with an adorable selection of paper goods.

We've been having the best weather in New England lately and this day was no exception, which made it perfect for wandering around Wallingford Square.

I also popped into Amy Dutton Home and Folk Boutique. If I had been there just a little earlier, I definitely would've stopped for a coffee at Lil's Café!

And it's not a trip to Maine without finding some pretty harbors and sailboat-filled coves...

Just what I needed to fulfill my daily craving for some beautiful scenery.

Weekend Reading

June 24, 2016

This week was a busy one, as I started at one of my internships (working in social media at my university) and continued to get settled into my new apartment. This weekend I'm hanging out with friends, running errands, and possibly seeing my sister again! 

Here are some links I've liked recently...

1. This is my favorite Instagram account out there. Lauren Wells' pictures and travels are incredible! I love her aesthetic.

2. I've been loving this NYC-based blog lately.

3. Adding Mykonos to my travel bucket list after seeing the photos in this post!
{ via The Londoner }

4. ...ditto to this post on Burano, Italy.

5. I always love recognizing New York spots that I've seen in films when I'm in the cityThis website has a whole database of filming locations in NYC!

6. Any off-the-shoulder clothing item has been catching my eye lately... Love the color of this one.
{ via Anthropologie }

7. This song is on repeat. Such a fun summer listen!
{ via Youtube }

Have a great weekend!

How to Get From Rome to the Amalfi Coast

June 23, 2016

My weekend in Italy was one of my favorite trips I took while studying abroad. I fell in love with Italy -- it definitely lives up to all the hype! My friends and I spent a day or so in Rome before we headed out to the Positano. Although it was completely worth it, the trek from Rome to the Amalfi Coast was not easy. 

I did a lot of research beforehand and would not have been able to figure out the trip if I hadn't! I know that the Amalfi Coast and Positano especially are becoming popular destinations, even for students, so I figured I'd share my tips and itinerary. 

Here's how we got from Rome to Positano:

1. Rome to Naples via the high-speed train 
  • This is the easiest and most comfortable part of the journey, so relax and enjoy! 
  • You can take a high-speed train from either Roma Termini station or Roma Tiburtina station to Napoli Centrale station. 
  • The train ride is a little over an hour. 
  • We booked our tickets through this site.
2. Napoli Centrale station to Napoli Garibaldi station 
  • Once you get to Napoli Centrale station, follow signs for Stazione Garibaldi (Garibaldi Station). Although technically a different station, it's still in the same building, just downstairs.
3. Naples to Sorrento via the Circumvesuviana train line 
  • Once you get downstairs, follow signs to the Circumvesuviana train line. There will be a few different windows to purchase tickets.
  • I had heard that this train can get pretty sketchy with pickpockets; however, my friend and I ended up following a ticket agent and getting on the Campania Express. It was clean, mostly empty, and quick! It only made a couple stops because it was the express, and it didn't feel dangerous at all.
  • If you don't get on the Campania Express, take the regular train but look for the DD (Diretissimo) line, which I heard is the quickest (but I don't think it's the same thing as the Campania Express).
  • The train should cost under 10 euros one-way and takes around an hour.
4. Sorrento to coastal towns via the SITA bus
  • Once you get to Sorrento, walk outside the train station, down the front steps, and you should see signs for the SITA bus.
  • Purchase your tickets from the stand or from the bus drivers that will be standing around. There will likely be a bus to your destination ready to board so you won't have to wait long.
  • The destination of all buses is Amalfi. The buses make these stops, including Positano and Praiano.
  • The best bus stop to access the beaches and downtown of Positano is "La Sponda." (It's a 40ish minute ride from Sorrento to Positano).
  • The right side of the bus is known to have the nicest views, but I thought the views would have been beautiful from any seat!
  • Take motion-sickness pills if you are prone to nausea -- the route is very windy and the bus goes really quickly around the turns.
It's a long day of traveling, but so worth it. If I had more time, I would have broken up the trip with a night in Naples or with a couple hours exploring the ruins in Pompeii. 

The Amalfi coast is absolutely gorgeous -- I hope to go back one day to visit more of the towns! Here is a look into how I spent my weekend in Positano.

Settling In to New Hampshire

June 20, 2016

I've spent the last few days getting settled into my new apartment in New Hampshire! I'm living in an apartment near to my college campus for the summer, and I'll stay here throughout the school year as well. It's been fun to explore more of the area and start setting up my apartment. 

Summertime in New York

June 15, 2016

I knew that I wanted to get down to New York at least once this summer, and luckily I was able to check it off my list this past week! My roommate lives in Connecticut, so from Boston I drove down to her house. We went into the city together on Friday and had so much fun exploring.

Wandering Boston

June 14, 2016

Boston is hands-down one of my favorite cities. It embodies classic New England charm with the tree-lined, brick streets and historic neighborhoods. I've made it a goal to get to know the city better as I get older. My sister lives right outside of Boston as do some of my friends, making it easy to find an excuse to explore downtown.

Coastal Scenes

June 6, 2016

There's nothing quite like a summer day on the Maine coast. After traveling all around the world, I'm happy to say that I'm still in love with the nautical charm of coastal New England! 

Currently | May 2016

June 2, 2016

I started the month of May in Granada, Spain and ended it in Maine! It was sad to say goodbye to the most incredible chapter of my life, studying abroad, but it does feel good to get settled back into a routine. The weather in coastal Maine has been beautiful, which doesn't hurt! Here's what I loved during the month of May...

Guide to Studying Abroad in Granada

June 1, 2016

I absolutely loved studying abroad in Granada. It's a mid-sized city but was full of fascinating culture and history and there was always something to do. However, since it's not one of Spain's bigger cities, like Madrid or Barcelona, there's not a whole lot of information out there. I decided to put together some of my favorite restaurants, cafés, sights, things to do, and some helpful tips for anyone studying abroad there (or simply visiting!).

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