Hey there followers! I know it’s been a few months, two exactly. In the past two months a lot has changed for me, thus why I haven’t been on Books Laughs and Travels as much as I would like to. I feel as if in the past five months I have not contributed to this […]
Old City will always have certain memories for me. I will hold the memories of walking down its streets, underage, with a liquor blush warming my cheeks. Holding onto my friends as we laughed about the events that had just unfolded.
I will remember my birthday when a dear friend went shopping with me in Center City (against his wishes) and was determined to get me to The Ritz to see Wes Anderson’s new film. Our feet were so sore by the end of the night, practically yelling at us. Our broke asses didn’t have enough money for a round-trip on the subway and we ended up walking from Center City to old, racing against the clock. We learned that night that Center City is a lot more than 5 blocks from Old City, and we felt it the next day.
Two weeks I made a new memory in Old City. As I sat in front of Independence Hall in a nice shirt with my hair pinned back I realized something. The days of underage drinking, not having enough money for the subway, and being a teenager were over. As I sat there for my corporate interview I realized that this was a new path I was venturing down in life. These previous paths are not ones I regret, but hold dear to my heart.
Sitting on that bench in my dress clothes with a portfolio in hand made me realize I was becoming an adult. And, in that moment I felt excited.
I’m excited for what life brings me, for I know it has never been dull. As I watched people walk through the square I realized this was where i needed to be. If I got the job or not, I needed to be in this exact spot, this exact city. Philadelphia has made me realize a lot. It had me grow up, grow with some, and apart from others. It’s my place of constant change.
One of the best meals I ate in Italy was not pizza nor was it fettuccine alfredo (which isn’t really Italian… the more you know), and it wasn’t lasagna! No, the best meal I ate was a seafood dish that I had while staying in Gaeta. The hole in the wall restaurant that I stumbled […]
Gaeta is a small seaboard city that is located 75 miles from Rome and 50 Miles from Naples. It is considered to be in the central part of the country, but when looking at the city on a map it falls closer to the south than the north. It is located along the Gulf […]
I’m stopping by to say that I am working on new content. It may seem like not much has been posted in the past few weeks, but work and job applications have been taking up most of my time. With that being said, I have not forgotten about you precious beings!
In the future you can keep an eye out for another post on traveling tips! Maybe a packing list, or even on which airlines I prefer to fly?
You can also keep an eye out for travel posts on Gaeta, Italy. This was a place I’ll never forget… But, you will have to keep your eyes peeled to find out why one night in this town will be a night I never forget!
These posts will be on the blog within the next week. Until then keep reading and traveling fellow bloggers!
Also, wasn’t that eclipse amazing? I was working, but I managed to sneak out and a customer let me use her awesome eclipse glasses! That’s a sight I’ll never forget seeing, I’m in awe!
So I know that when I started shopping at Lush I used to get so overwhelmed when I walked into their store. I always didn’t know where to start looking, what was the best product for my skin type, what products I should use to benefit my needs and which ones wouldn’t. Now, I do […]
I will tell you about my favorite drink, hands down, in all of Italia.
It was not a specific brand or type of wine. It was not a homemade concoction or even something a bartender whipped up behind the counter.
It was the majestic liquid that is Meloncello.
Now you can make Meloncello homemade, just like you can make Limoncello in the comfort of your kitchen. But I fell in love with the manufactured stuff, so I can only imagine how heavenly the homemade drink is.
So what is Meloncello? It’s vodka, melon juice, water, and sugar. You mix it up, let it sit for a while, and then enjoy!
Michi and I drank so much of this, the the local bars ran dry! I felt so bad, but it’s something I didn’t really see or never had in the states! And also take a moment and look at the size of that shot, it only cost me two Euros!
Summer in a bottle. If you can get this imported, do it!
Every time we head to the pub everyone parks their cars in the same spot, walks the same alley way, and ends up at the same entrance.
It’s a force of habit. We have become so intertwined in the same cycle that nothing seems special about this trek to the bar.
As I was walking through the alley the other night, it occurred to me that this would be a great opportunity to seek out beauty. There had to be something beautiful about this walk, this spot of the town, that kept people coming from all over the country to see.
As I was walking I changed my point of view. Instead of looking down, making sure not to misstep, I looked up.
That’s when I saw the sunset reaching over the brick building. The bay window, that is as old as the town itself, overlooks those drinking below. String lights can be seen, indicating casual drinkers enjoying their evening. Even phone lines dice through the image, showing another era that is soon to be forgotten.
This photo shows so many eras in a single snapshot.
Even though I dread being trapped in a small town, I just have to search for that breathtaking moment and it makes me realize that this is a pretty spot. People travel here for a reason. It is beautiful.
Sometimes it’s hard to feel stuck in one place. But, a change of perspective is all you need to make that place bearable for another night.
Do you ever just feel like good things are going to start coming your way? Life is looking up?
Well, I can feel it!
I want to know more about you guys as readers. What’s your favorite color, where do you like to travel, what do you like to eat!? Where have you traveled before, where do you want to go? What books do you like to read, are you in any book clubs, have you written any books? If so, I want to read them! Do you like to paint?
You are learning so much about me and yet I don’t know about you. Tell me about yourself in the comments.
Good vibes are coming your way!!
Enjoy your day, more traveling post are coming soon!
I know with traveling it’s exciting. The thrill of going to a new place, getting everything packed up, and planning on what to see and where to go makes you just want to be there! Now, I also know this excitement comes after you dish out the hundreds or even thousands of dollars for the […]