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Braving the Italian Dolomites

It was a long way up but well worth it. The Italian Dolomites are just a short trip away from Venice. I wore as many layers as I possibly could but still experienced a special kind of cold up there. I’m not complaining…The Dolomites have been on my bucket list for many years and they exceeded every expectation. These mountains lie on the Italian-Austrian 🇮🇹 🇦🇹 border and surround several manmade lakes like the Santa Caterina. They played an important role in World War I (The Italian army sought refuge in the caves from the weather when fighting the Austrians - but many still died due to extreme temperatures and winds). Despite the cold and terrifying edge-of-cliff driving, I would not change a thing about this adventure. I encourage anyone passing by Venice with a few hours to kill to take a Dolomite tour. But, remember ... even during the peak of summer, it will be extremely cold up there.

I Almost Got Shot In Italy

A lot happened in one night… I missed a few trains, fell asleep on another train, almost walked into a military base, and slept outside on a bench. But like I always say, it’s these type of situations that make traveling fun.

Dinner is Served: 1 Hour Early

How I mistakenly prepared and served dinner an hour early working as a chef for a six week Work Away experience in Monteleone d'Oriveto, Umbria, Italy.

24 Hours in the Incredible Milan

Here’s my guide to a full day in Milan on a budget; perfect for students and backpackers. Between the castles, museums, cathedrals and the availability of phenomenal cheap coffee, Milan will keep you entertained.

I’m Not Gondolie, Venice Has My Heart

"I had never set my eyes on a sky so blue and water so pearl-like before. The buildings are magnificent. Even in their battered, crumbling, antiquated state. It allows you to envision its history playing around you. I could see Casanova tiptoeing on the wall’s edge of Doge’s Palace. I could see Marco Polo getting ready to set sail for the East."