The Italianized Blonde

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Arrivederci Torino. What’s Next for Me???

The most recent blog post by our TIB guest writer, Ashley Lax is incredible and exactly what I needed to read when I read it. She so eloquently expresses the emotions and heartache of saying goodbye to the people we grow to love when being a traveler and how to be grateful for the memories you have shared rather than sad to leave the world you’ve built. Read her blog entry here: http://www.theitalianizedblonde.com/2017/04/01/the-art-of-saying-goodbye/ I am feeling a lot of heartbreak  ...

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The Art of Saying Goodbye

In the last two and a half years on my whirlwind travels spanning the globe, I have been fortunate enough to meet some pretty incredible people. The thing is though, when you aren’t ever in a place for very long, knowing that you will soon have to be saying goodbye is inevitable. So how do you do it? How do you put yourself out there, get close with people, show them your soul, and be vulnerable? Well, there is no perfect formula for it and it’s an art I’m still working  ...

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culture

A Cheater’s Guide to the Italian Language

When traveling it can be helpful to at least know some of the language in any country you visit. I believe that this is respectful and shows a willingness to engage and accept others’ cultures. However, in most of Europe you can get away with speaking English. Yet, Italy is a bit behind other countries with their English education and therefore, it may be a country that if you are not in the heart of the touristic cities (i.e. Rome, Venice, Florence), you will need to know some Italian (and  ...

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Barcelona Travel Guide

Barcelona, Spain has been one of my top most loved travel destinations yet. From the seaside cafes, outdoor markets, and authentic tapas to the rich culture and young energy this city brought me to life the moment I stepped in. It even managed to convince me to extend my trip a day longer so I could enjoy more time basking in the sun and lounging on the beach. I could have used more than one extra day, but I’ll take what I can get! I spent 4 full days in Barcelona. This was just  ...

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