Getaway | Almafi Coast, Italy

A trip down the coast- and many winding roads up a mountain- brought myself, a friend from school, and her family to some of the prettiest views I have ever seen in my life. A few days of walking past lemon groves, sipping prosecco on the terrace, and taking in this gorgeous panorama treated me well this weekend for my first time visiting the Almafi Coast. I was so thankful to have the experience and it was definitely a weekend I will remember my entire life. I have so much love for this beautiful country.

xx, Laina

 

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{Free People top, Nordstrom pants, American Eagle sandals, H&M sunnies}

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Happy Spring!

The coming of a new season is always exciting, but this year I am especially excited to be spending the first month of spring in Italy! The past three months, my professors and host mom told me over and over again to make sure I explore different destinations in Italy once the weather warms up because it is simply beautiful. They were definitely correct! I visited Pisa, Carrara, Siena, and San Gimignano this past weekend and they were simply gorgeous places. The rolling hills of Tuscany provide for amazing panoramas, and I had what is deemed “the best gelato in the world” in San Gimignano. I’m getting exciting for a trip to the Almafi Coast for the holiday weekend this Friday.

I can’t believe I only have a month left abroad! It will definitely be very bittersweet to leave this beautiful country.

xx, Laina

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{eataly!}

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{Pisano takes Pisa!}

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{pretty macarons at the Siena Chocolate Festival}

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{the pretty courtyard at Santa Croce in Florence}

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{springy tulips for my host mom’s birthday}

 

 

Getaway | London, United Kingdom

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As my Christmas and birthday presents, my boyfriend bought me a trip to London and concert tickets to see Eric Church, Kacey Mustgraves, and Chris Stapleton at the O2 Arena. As much as I love Europe, it was definitely nice to hear English again and get a little taste of America at the concert. Though we had both been to London before, we took time to do a mix of touristy things and some more local things with my friend who is studying in London for the semester.

I really did feel like I was in New York City again this past weekend! London is so beautiful and I adore the accents, the architecture, and of course, the double-decker busses.

xx, Laina

Getaway | Spain for Spring Break

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{jet-set style: blanket scarf + boyfriend jeans}

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{Parque del Retiro… safe to say I didn’t do much rowing}

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{Circulo de Bellas Artes rooftop bar + gallery}

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{Mercado de San Miguel}

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{the best sangria ever + delicious spanish olives}

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{21st birthday brunch, mimosas were a must}

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{obsessed with blue buildings}

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{Las Palmas de Gran Canaria}

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{bliss!}

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{pretty water + the surrounding mountains}

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{beach necessities: Subdued hat, Brandy Melville t-shirt dress, fresh fruit}

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{palm trees are all I need}

Hola! I’ve just got back from my spring break with a little too much sun, amazing photographs, and a whole lot of memories. After finishing up my midterm exams, I jetted off to Madrid, Spain to celebrate my 21st birthday. Though I studied the Spanish language for six years, this was my first time setting foot in the country. The colorful buildings, sangria, and tapas certainly did not disappoint! It was an amazing weekend spent exploring the cool city and celebrating a big milestone with my boyfriend and best friend.

My friends and I then all met up in Las Palmas de Gran Canaries, more commonly known as the Canary Islands. Just off the coast of Africa and Spain, the little beach town offered a beautiful bright blue ocean, sunny palm trees, yummy smoothies, and a fun week for spring break. While jumping around Europe is extremely fun and I have certainly caught the travel bug, I was actually so grateful to come back to Florence today. It’s a lot smaller of a city than many of the ones I’ve visited, and its familiarity and the Italian culture provide for an amazing home base. I’m definitely going to need to spend the next few days catching up on sleep (something that I did not do over spring break) to rest up for a busy weekend ahead exploring four cities in Italy.

Have an amazing week!

xx, Laina