Ten Days in Italy

by Genesis Timblaco Geraldino

Milan, Bologna, Cinque Terre, Florence, Naples.

Ten Days in Italy

Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy! – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Myself and three other friends visited six beautiful and culturally rich locations in Italy. We loved every moment of our experience. Thanks to the boys for a trip of a lifetime.

In hindsight, I learned that sometimes maybe ‘winging’ it is best and maybe at other times, as I thought, not so. I also learned that I shouldn’t have too much Sangria and that just a glass of wine and a sip of grappa ain’t so bad. And to the strangers, turned friends, thanks for the stories!

Lastly, thanks Italy, sei bella! Where to next?

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PHOTO GALLERY

Milan

Bologna

Riomaggiore

Manarola Coast

Florence 

Naples

 

Munich or Berlin?

by Genesis Timblaco Geraldino

EuroTrip2015: Last year, I visited five cities and three countries – Germany, Netherlands, and Spain – all within nine days. This is the 2nd of three posts, featuring Germany.

Berlin

Berlin is a modern city – fast-paced and vibrant. Its night scene is no less than legendary. Berlin is also notable as a historical and cultural powerhouse. Do you know that it has over one hundred museums and galleries, three major opera houses, and more than fifty theaters? And yes, who has not heard of the Berlin wall? Yes, you are right. The Berlin wall is  one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of the Cold War.

Munich

Munich, the capital of the Bavaria region in southern Germany, lacks the industrial and arty feel of Berlin. Since no building is permitted to be taller than the main cathedral, you won’t find any skyscrapers in this big city with a small town feel.

Munich is also a bit more cozy with prettier parks. Who has not heard of the Octoberfest – the world-famous Bavarian beer hall environment and hearty, delicious food?

Barcelona or Madrid?

by Genesis Timblaco Geraldino

EuroTrip2015: On September 28, I left New York City to visit 5 cities in 3 countries – Germany, Netherlands, Spain- in 9 days. This is the first of three posts, featuring Spain.

Barcelona or Madrid?

Someone said that “Madrid is likable but Barcelona is to be loved.”

I personally love both cities. Barcelona’s architecture is spectacular. Who is not captivated by Gaudi’s madcap modernist buildings? Madrid, on the other hand, has three of Spain’s most famous art museums: The Prado, with its pre-20th century art; The Reina Sofia, with Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, and; The Thyssen-Bornemisza, which is said to be one of the best private art collections in the world.

Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain

One thing that struck me when leaving Madrid was a huge banner, draped on a building, that said “Refugees are welcome here”. It put a huge smile on my face because I believe everyone deserves a fighting chance in life. If it were not for my parents’ sacrifices, I wouldn’t be able to travel the world and do what I do now. They both weren’t coming from affluent families but they were determined to give their children a better life. So shout out to the parents and all the countries I’ve visited because they all took in refugees.

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