I’m 2.5 years late, but I’m finally sharing some pictures from my study abroad semester in Torino, Italy. I was lucky to have 4 day weekends so I got to travel to other major European cities. I still frequently look back at this time in my life. I met incredible people and had some amazing experiences. Here’s a taste:
Gelato stop the on the first day of classes. The shop was right beneath my apartment and I saw the owner, Johnny, almost everyday. This was taken with a friend’s iPhone when Instagram was “some app I found”.
View of my apartment. We were all told to adjust our expectations on living arrangements. Mainly that our apartments would be smaller than what we were used to. But mine was plenty big for my roommate and I. There’s a separate bedroom through the door by the fridge.
Olympic Arch constructed for the 2006 Winter Olympics. Located behind the Lingotto Mall (formerly a Fiat factory), just a few blocks from my apartment building.
View of the Mediterranean Sea from my hotel room. We went on this field trip just a few weeks after arriving in Turin. This is when I realized I had made an awesome decision.
One of the best friends I made! Discovered we actually grew up only an hour away from each other. We were slightly tipsy at this point.
We were waiting for the bus to come for the Cinque Terre trip and wanted a bite to eat. We saw a waiter walk by with this drink and knew we had to try one. It was amazing sangria and honestly this thing was like a breakfast snack. Loaded with fresh oranges, strawberries, and other fruit.
Cool brick I saw near Abbey Road. Something about the handwriting caught my eye. Best part of travel is when stuff like this pops up.
We took a short boat cruise that went past the Eiffel Tower. Very cheap if I remember correctly and of course we had a few beers while the tour guide gave us info on the sights.
View from the 2nd (or 3rd?) platform on the Eiffel Tower. Advice: take the stairs if you’re able. You’ll save money and you can go your own pace.
Doing the flight to Hamburg right! Good thing I was relaxed because I had a 45 minute layover at Charles de Gaulle airport. Not enough time!
My German friend studied at my high school and we became good friends. I asked if I could come visit for a few days. He said “Sure!” and I got to see Hamburg from a native’s perspective.
Amsterdam had a much smaller feel than I expected. Very fun vibe though.
Rome was probably my favorite trip. Not sure I could have ended the semester any better. Had a blast exploring the city, taking too many tequila shots, and biking through busy streets.
Enjoying a casual walk through the Colosseum. I took 3 years of Latin in high school, so seeing this in real life was awesome.
Rome close to Christmas is incredible and you can’t beat this group of people for a good time.
That semester had a big effect on my life. I had never left the United States before or traveled by myself. I learned a lot about independence, different cultures, and what I really valued. This is when I started to shift from wanting a high paying job after graduation, a fancy house & car, and all the other things we tell ourselves are evidence we’ve made it. Instead, I really just want time and enough frequent flyer miles to explore.