Milano vs Kiwiana: Different ways of life

No matter what part of the city you are in it does not take to realise that Milan really is the centre of the fashion world. Burberry, Gucci, Prada and Giorgi Armani are just a few of the many designer stores that glitterfully colour Milan’s streets. Also plentiful is the presence of pasticceria’s  – quaint little…

Making a foreign city a place to call home

Stepping onto the plane in Auckland was the first time it really dawned on me that I was about to begin the journey of a lifetime, after leaving the only way of life I have ever known. Saying goodbye to my mum and aunty at the airport was pretty surreal, it didn’t hit me until…

Eataly – in a nutshell!

This particular blog post reveals the details of my most recent venture through Italy, touching on my favourite places (which warranted multiple visits) as well as including some places new. Unlike other countries where certain cities provide obvious tourist destinations, Italy has so many places worth visiting; each one more uniquely Italian than the last. Milan…

Summertime – Arrivederci Italia!

With our final exams finally behind us it was time to say goodbye to Milano. I think Danielle and I both felt slightly nostalgic as we ventured to California Bakery one last time, and down Via Turino for one last glimpse at a few of the many fashionable shops Milano has to offer. We climbed aboard…

The end of an era, but the start of something new

Exam period has finally arrived, which is significant for a few reasons. Not only does it represent the end of my exchange in Milan, it also represents the end of my time at university – no more assignments and exams, no more late nights studying, and no more crazy Dunedin events to be had –…

Public transport nightmares – Bologna, Italy

Valentine’s Day 2014 was a great day to arrive in Bologna; blue sky, sun shining – and in great company of course! We had arranged to stay with a friend who was au pairing for a local Italian family and spent the day exploring the inner city, which was as picturesque as they come. After…

Review: Mixture Eatery

The first great thing about Mixture Eatery is its location. Although it’s technically still on the main road of Mount Maunganui, it is a few blocks down from the epicentre, as well as being away from the hub of activity that exists at the bottom of the Mount. This makes it easy to get to,…

Review: The Rising Tide

With my ever-growing interest in craft beer, I was enthused to hear that there was a brewery just down the road (how had I not heard about this before?!) with a dumpling house on site. We headed down late Sunday afternoon for a bite and a brew, and I was somewhat impressed by the sheer…

The city of love – Venice, Italy

Our first impressions of Venice were outstanding; we walked out of the train station straight into a march – it just so happened that we were visiting on the opening day of the Carnevale, meaning everyone was on a happy buzz, dressed up in various costumes and wearing masks of all kinds.  The majority of the…

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Quickly embedding itself firmly in our vocabularies, ‘when in Rome’ provided an ongoing excuse for any form of inappropriate (and appropriate) behaviour that occurred throughout the weekend. And when you combine a bunch of Americans, Kiwis and Españols with a crazy South African and a cheeky Mexican thrown into the mix then you can be…