Category: Travel

Exploring Cividale del Friuli

Cividale del Friuli is a beautiful and ancient city in Northern Italy which is famous for its old city center from the Lombard era. It was originally settled by the Celts and became a Roman city in 50 BC. Located in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Cividale del Friuli is also a UNESCO […]

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Fusine Lakes: Daytrip from Villach

The Fusine lakes are amazingly beautiful and they are one of my favorite spots I have found since moving to Austria. Located on the border of Austria and Italy, the Fusine lakes are close to Villach and make for a perfect day trip. I first visited the Fusine lakes in Spring this year and I […]

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Hiking the Finsterbach Waterfalls in Treffen am Ossiacher See

The Finsterbach Waterfall Trail in Treffen am Ossiacher See is one of the top hiking trails in the Villach area. Located near the Gerlitzen Alpe, the waterfalls bring water from the top of the mountain down to the Ossiachersee. The trail is remarkably rewarding for how easy it is. In about 1.4 kilometers of hiking, […]

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Gailtaler Speck Fest

Every year, the town of Hermagor hosts a Speckfest to showcase its delicious Gailtaler Speck. Speck (pronounced “shpeck”) is a salty, smoked and cured meat that is similar to Italian prosciutto with a sharper flavor. Speck is typically eaten as a part of “Jausen teller” which is charcuterie board of meats, cheeses, pickles, and bread. […]

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Stollen Wanderweg – Mine Hike in Bad Bleiberg

Bad Bleiberg is a town located in the Austrian state of Carinthia that is known for its rich mining history. In 1993, the town closed its mining operations and opened some of its mines to the public through the creation of the Stollen Wanderweg hiking trail and Terra Mystica. The Stollen Wanderweg (translation “Tunnel Hike”) […]

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Rotterdam Travel Guide

Hoi friends! Rotterdam is a dynamic and diverse city packed with modern architecture and a rich history. Although it is often overlooked in favor of its more well-known neighbor, Amsterdam, Rotterdam is certainly worth the trip. Here are my travel tips for exploring and getting to know this awesome city. THINGS TO DO IN ROTTERDAM […]

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A Visit Home to California

I was fortunate enough to be able to go back to California for almost a full month during the Winter holidays. As a California girl, I cannot begin to express how great it felt to experience the “winter” in San Diego after soldiering through the cold of Austria in December. My time in San Diego was […]

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Krampus Parades in Austria

Krampus, the terrifying demon that accompanies Saint Nicholas, is a tradition of the Austro-Bavarian-Alpine region with historic roots that date back to pre-Christianity. As Saint Nicholas’ companion, Krampus punishes naughty children by hitting them with bundles of sticks (ruten), kidnapping them by carting children off in his sack, or in more severe cases drowning children or […]

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Fires de Saint Narcis Festival

At the beginning of November, I had the pleasure of attending the Fires de Saint Narcis festival in Girona, Spain. This was my first time at the Fires de Saint Narcis and I had a wonderful time learning about the history of Girona and experiencing its culture. The Fires de Saint Narcis festival is a week-long […]

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Festa della Zucca

In late October, the Italian city of Venzone celebrates the Festa della Zucca which is a festival that is one part Renaissance Fair and one part pumpkin feast. The city of Venzone has a rich history and celebrates its Medieval heritage during the Festa della Zucca. The whole community seems to really get into the spirit, with candles […]

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