I felt nostalgic minutes after landing in Fiumicino Aeroport to visit Rome with my API program. After spending the month of January living, working, and exploring Rome, I always told myself I would return one day. Even though we were only in Rome for a few days, I was fortunate to eat at my favorite restaurant in the city (Nonna Betta, Via del Portico d’Ottavia 16, in the Ghetto di Roma), and see some familiar sights (the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Vittoriano, Via del Corso, the Vatican City, and the Trastevere neighborhood). My group stayed in the Hotel Tiziano (Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 110) near the Largo di Torre Argentina, the perfect location for traveling the city.
If you’re traveling to Rome soon, I recommend the following sites/restaurants in addition to those listed above: Mimì e Cocò (Via del Governo Vecchio 72), Don Nino pastries (Vio dei Pastini 134), and spending 12€ to tour the inside of the Colosseum. Check out pictures from my trip below!
Anyone interested in global politics or finance is familiar with Geneva, Switzerland. Switzerland hosts a flourishing economy and social scene, most popular for its beautiful sights and foods. Geneva feels like Boston with a French-twist, the perfect break from Croatian life. I realized shortly after landing in Switzerland how much I missed being in a very Westernized setting amid the familiar bustle of city life.
Housing was relatively expensive (I stayed in an Airbnb with two other girls for three nights, and paid almost $100 in addition to my airline tickets), but you can find cheap food and activities, especially if you’re a student. I suggest investing in a transportation day pass, because if you’re caught on a bus or train without a ticket, you get a 100 Franc fine (learned that the hard way).
Highlights from my trip include touring the United Nations European headquarters, eating cheese fondue, exploring the Natural History Museum of Geneva and the Museum of Art and History, trying vin chaud (hot wine), and walking around Lake Geneva. Check out my pictures below from my weekend in Geneva!
My friends and I had heard about Le Bain at The Standard (848 Washington St., West Village) from a few different sources, we were told that entrance was a bit tricky but that the view was well worth any hassle we might have. We got in line and the bouncer made an announcement that there was an event being held at Le Bain tonight, and that without an invitation, entry was not guaranteed (and it did not sound very optimistic). We were getting closer to the door and saw people being turned away, but my pals and I got in and came across this glow in the dark mural on the wall outside the elevator.
We made our way 18 floors up, and met a very nice new bartender. We climbed the final set of stairs and walked out onto the rooftop bar. It was surrounded by Plexiglas and minimal low couches. We met a group of people in cat ears, who were celebrating a cat’s going away party. One member was also from Connecticut and told us all about how she is an interior designer and living in Tribeca, having the time of her life. They were kind enough to give us their spot so we were set. The view was amazing, we were as far West as possible overlooking the Hudson. It was a muggy night which was perfect because it stayed warmer later, and it created amazing fog that came across the skyline. Next time you’re anywhere around the West Village, make time to check out Le Bain.
Places we've gone, things we've seen, stories worth telling