ciao italy. 

The past three days have been packed full of pizza, pasta & gelato & I am 100% sure I am leaving Italy 10 pounds heavier (obviously I’m nailing the spring break beach bod). The Italian leg of our spring break trip began in Milan. We began our first day with Italian cappuccinos at a cafe by the Vila we stayed in which was soo cute. Then of course we had to have gelato before lunch.  
Then it was time for some real authentic pizza from the birthplace of pizza. I think I died and went to heaven. 

  
Then it was time for gelato again because once is just not enough. Already a perfect day. We visited the Duomo which was absolutely breathtaking. The detail that went into building that cathedral is unreal. 

  
Milan is known for their fashion & the city did not disappoint. There were so many high fashion shops everywhere & we would just stand & drool while looking at the window displays. 

After a quick 2 nights there we took a 2 and a half hour train to Venice. Holy moly I’ve never been to a more beautiful place in my entire life. The canals & the little alleys were literally picture perfect. Sitting on the docks overlooking the sea with my besties in Venice…it’s the dream!!! (until the pigeons try to attack you for your sandwich). We rode in a gondola through the canals & that is something I’ll never ever get over. I LOVE VENICE.

   
   
So yesterday I woke up & had breakfast in Venice, took a train & had dinner in Milan, & went to sleep in Barcelona, where we will spend the next 3 days. This is the life. Now time for the Spanish leg of our adventure! 

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the luck of the irish.

I’m typing my next riveting entry as I’m on a 4 hour bus to Copenhagen from Aarhus. Every time we have to take a flight somewhere we have to bus or train to Copenhagen first because flights are so much cheaper than flying from Aarhus. A one way bus ticket only costs 50 Krones which is about $7. Its really affordable just a little inconvenient when all you want to do is to get your trip started. This is my third bus to and from Copenhagen in a week so I am getting to know this journey very well.

I spent the last couple of days in Dublin, Ireland, a place I had only ever dreamed of visiting.  We found super cheap flights and were like “why not!?” and went for 3 nights. The first full day in Dublin we saw all the sights in the city. We visited St. Patricks Cathedral, Trinity College, The Spire, and many other churches and castle looking things that I have no idea what they were called but they were very pretty. We toured the Guinness brewery and saw how they pour their perfect pints. That night we had a traditional Irish dinner at a local pub called O’Niells and it was SO GOOD. The Irish know how to do it right. We went on a pub crawl that night with a bunch of other backpackers staying at the surrounding hostels. We got to meet tons of cool travelers from all over the world.

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The Spire (looks like a giant toothpick in the sky to me but idk)
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St. Patricks Cathedral (you can thank him for your favorite upcoming holiday)
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Trinity College Dublin (kind of looks like Arkansas, right?)
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You can’t go to Dublin and not go to the Guinness brewery

The next day, we booked a tour using Wild Rover Tours to take us to the complete opposite coast of the country to see the famous Cliffs of Moher. After getting maybe 45 minutes of sleep, we hopped on an extremely early bus and headed to the cliffs. I had seen photos before but I was completely in awe when got off the bus. The photos don’t even do the view justice.

We were able to spend a little over 2 hours at the cliffs and luckily no one was blown over the edge 🙂 We drove along the Wild Atlantic Way for a few hours, which is beautiful coastline stretching for miles along the west coast of Ireland. We stopped for lunch in Galway, which was a really nice city on the water. The best part, though, was for lunch we had burritos that literally rivaled Chipotle. I have been having serious withdrawals since I’ve been in Europe and this place was exactly like it, down to the lime seasoned chips. Honestly Chipotle should be concerned someone is copying them exactly but I was unaffected. That guac thoooooo. So good.

Ireland was incredible and if you haven’t been I HIGHLY recommend going. The people are so nice and helpful and want you to have a good time in their country. Everywhere we went was getting ready for St. Patricks day and let me tell you, Dublin goes all out.  We were there a week before the actual holiday and people were already decked out in shamrocks and beads. I can’t even imagine how insane the city is going to be on the 17th.

After getting distracted a few times and getting past a few technical difficulties, I now only have 3 hours left on this bus!! Yay! We are flying to Milan tonight- the first stop on our spring break adventure. I fit 12 days worth of clothes in a carry-on. I don’t even recognize myself anymore.