Thank You!

100 followers! Wow! That’s amazing!

It’s all thanks to you guys, the readers that keep coming back and keep on reading this blog.

A month ago I decided to put all my travel memories in a place where they would be safe. Somewhere I could come back and reminisce when I wanted to relive a specific night or trip. I also wanted a format that would last, so if my memory starts to slip away years from now I can search this blog and see all the adventures I had.

I never started this with the intention of having followers, but here you are! I know I also say that this is a book blog, but it is lightly. I read when I can, and when I find a book great enough to brag about I post it on here!

Mostly, this is a travel blog. I want you guys to realize that being a traveler (talking to the locals and hanging out with them) is a great way to travel, don’t be a tourist! I hope my blog helps you to realize that and gives you the push to talk to someone the next time you’re traveling. Ask where their favorite place to eat is or even where they like to drink espresso.

Now, all this safely of course. Ask a waiter or a barista. Don’t just go up to some random guy on the street. Trust your gut. From my experience if I have an off feeling about someone while out of the country I veer away from them. Listen to your intuition! Travel with a friend. This will ensure you will always have a buddyand you will never be alone. Also, great memories for the two of you to share later on!

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I understand the world can be a scary place, but it’s the people that are the most frightening. Only us, as people can change that and make the world a better place.

When you read this blog I hope you see that traveling isn’t bad. You just have to be smart about being a traveler in a foreign country or place. I hope my experiences give you the push you need to go on that trip you have been wanting to plan for years, now is the perfect time!

Again, THANK YOU FOR 100 FOLLOWERS! This is a milestone and you are all amazing!

Keep on traveling and never stop being adventurous!

xoxoxo,

Jaimie

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Featured image photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash
Text image photo by Ethan Sykes on Unsplash

 

 

My Time in Assisi, Italy

Assisi was my favorite part of this high school trip. Four years later this is the most vivid day and night I can remember of these days spent in Italy. I remember when we approached the town on the hill I didn’t expect much, and when our tour guide told us this was where we would be sleeping I thought, “Oh great, another boring night.”

Of course I was wrong.

After taking tours of the San Francesco and Santa Chiara Basilicas we were left to explore the town on our own. The first thing my group did was eat lunch in a small deli near the Santa Chiara Basilica. I had one of the best caprese I have ever had in my life. The clerk behind the counter spoke english very well and told us that the olive oil used in our food was from the olives that grew at the bottom of the town (you can see some of the olive trees in the picture above). His daughter worked at the deli too and loved talking to us and that was when I realized, not everyone hated Americans. Yes, there are some people that do not like us, but it isn’t everyone. After talking to this family I felt more comfortable in a foreign country. This is because I was taught that if I traveled those not from the United States wouldn’t like me because I was American. After this trip to Italy I realized that yes, some people don’t like me because I am American, but some people don’t care, as long as I’m a kind person that wants to talk to them and get to know their culture. If you travel to another country you should be willing to learn about it, not just assume you know about it because you read it in a book. The locals are your best way to learn about where you are. They will tell you the history, the best places to eat, the sights to see, you just have to give them the chance to tell you.

After eating we climbed to the very top of the hill to the Rocca Maggiore. In the picture above you can see the two towers peeking above the treeline. It is a long hike, but it’s worth it. I know you have to pay what I believe is about two euros (it might be more, but I don’t remember, I do remember paying a fee to get into the castle). I highly recommend doing so. You can climb up and down special holes in the floors, you can walk through underground pathways, you can even climb a tower. Let your inner Game of Thrones take over!

After this we settled into our hotel and heard singing and music from our window. Being teenagers we had a curfew, but that didn’t stop us. We left the hotel and went to the cafe below. There we drank wine and danced with the locals. It was the most fun I had the whole trip!

Check out my whole trip to Italy here!

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