Growing up riding commuter trains around Boston, MA, nothing could prepare me for the pure joy of punctual, efficient public transportation I experienced during my semester studying in Vienna, Austria.
Using Austria as my home base, I ventured through as much of Europe as possible. The dramatic landscape of the South Tyrol and exploring the canals of Venice was the best introduction to Italy. After graduating from Providence College, I moved to Spokane, WA, to complete a service year with JVC Northwest AmeriCorps. While working in Maryland I was thrilled to return to Italy and see how great Rome was for myself, while my most recent trip to Naples led to the discovery of the greatest gelato of all time.
On the weekends, you can find me working toward my goal of visiting all 50 states (23 to go) or using my National Park Pass.
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I'll never forget when…
Three thousand miles from home, the first hand gestures were flying in the kitchen and I knew I was with my people. My cousin and I were eating in a restaurant just around the corner from the Pantheon and found ourselves sitting next to a family Christmas party with 40 people. Nonna Paula took turns cooking and vehemently urging us to finish the four-course dinner. The later it got, the louder it became. Eating, drinking, laughing, all evening. It doesn’t matter if the Italian family is your own or borrowed, the joyous chaos of being together needs no translation.