Best of Barcelona: A City Guide

Best of Barcelona: A City Guide

Barcelona, for so many reasons, is one of my favourite cities in Europe. Its lively, friendly and relentlessly energetic atmosphere is entirely unique, and seems to be in a state of perpetual fiesta-fuelled summer-y-ness. Although the city sprawls across a huge expanse of land, and can at times seem overwhelmingly big, the narrow, winding streets [...]

Bolzano City Guide: A Winter Wonderland

Bolzano City Guide: A Winter Wonderland

'Bozen' is the German name for the Italian city of Bolzano, found in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region near the Austrian border. This city is famous for a number of reasons, including the mind-boggling fact that it is entirely bilingual. Not only are all the street signs, menus, posters and place names in both Italian and German, but [...]

A Tour Through Northern Italy: Trieste & Treviso

A Tour Through Northern Italy: Trieste & Treviso

For many tourists, the first ports of call for an Italian getaway are the romanticised, glittering cities of central Italy. Pisa, Florence, and Rome (to name but a few), whilst teeming with history and culture, can also be something of a tourist trap. Little-known to a large number of us foreigners are the stunning towns and [...]

11 Telltale Signs You’re Still a Tourist on Your Year Abroad

11 Telltale Signs You’re Still a Tourist on Your Year Abroad

Having now lived in Italy for exactly a week, it kind of goes without saying that, even though I have totally fallen in love with the Italian way of life, I still stick out like a sore thumb. I'm sure that many others are experiencing the same feeling: that I am, sadly, just a little [...]