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72 Hours in Chicago: Skyscrapers, Hot Dogs and Deep Dish Pizza

72 Hours in Chicago: Skyscrapers, Hot Dogs and Deep Dish Pizza

My 72 hours in Chicago were…. sweaty. I happened to visit on a weekend of “record-breaking temperatures” in the mid to high 90s. Not exactly ideal for exploring a city, right? (We talked about this in my post about why I hate summer travel). But I made the best of it and even though we skipped a few things due to pure heat exhaustion, still saw plenty of awesome stuff in the Windy City. I also spent a lot of time in air conditioned bars. Don’t judge. Continue Reading…

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Colombian for the Weekend: 72 Hours in Bogota, Round II

Colombian for the Weekend: 72 Hours in Bogota, Round II

Some people think it’s a waste of time and money, but I love going back to the same place twice. The first time you’re so stressed out about doing all the “musts” and seeing all the sights, you don’t really get a chance to absorb the actual vibe of a city. I’ve found that I really enjoy a destination more the second time around – I feel like I know what I’m doing, I have favorite things in mind that I want to see and eat, and the pressure to do anything in particular is off. So in May I jumped at the chance to visit Bogota, Colombia for the second time with my friend Camila, whose family is from the city. While the first time I traveled there with her in 2013 was a whirlwind of sights (the Gold Museum, Monserrate, the Salt Cathedral and the Usaquen Flea Market), round two was slightly more relaxed. As Camila’s mom told me, I was experiencing a typical Colombian weekend. Continue Reading…

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72 Hours in Bologna: Reasons to Visit (Besides Eating)

72 Hours in Bologna: Reasons to Visit (Besides Eating)

As you can guess by the title, the majority of my time in Bologna was spent eating. I wrote about everything I ate in this post: 72 Hours in Bologna: First We Feast; and this post: Behind the Scenes with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma. It was all delicious. But Bologna isn’t all about the food. OK, it’s like 75 percent about the food. But it’s also a really cool, ancient Italian city with plenty of history, culture and sights to warrant a trip even if you’re not that hungry. Just don’t come on a full stomach, trust me! Here are 5 reasons a trip to Bologna should be on your Italy itinerary. Continue Reading…

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Ham & Cheese, Please! Behind the Scenes with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma in Emilia-Romagna

Ham & Cheese, Please! Behind the Scenes with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma in Emilia-Romagna

When I published my last post about eating my way through 72 hours in Bologna, I mentioned that there were plenty of things to do in the city beyond dining. While that’s true, let’s face it: Bologna is the gastronomic capital of Italy, so spending an entire weekend stuffing your face is perfectly acceptable. But if you’re interested in the history behind the Emilia-Romagna region’s culinary traditions and the hard work it takes to produce some of the most popular Italian food ingredients, a Parma Golosa food tour is the best way to do just that. Continue Reading…

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72 Hours in Bologna, Italy: First, We Feast

72 Hours in Bologna, Italy: First, We Feast

The destination was one I had picked quite randomly, but after spending 72 hours in Bologna I had already declared it my new favorite Italian city. I snagged a great deal on Black Friday for a flight from NYC to Milan, and since I’d already visited the fashion capital I decided to see what was nearby and easily accessible by train. A Google search told me that Bologna was an authentic, tourist-free Italian city that’s all about eating – essentially, my dream destination, seeing as all I do when I travel is restaurant hop, shamelessly. Continue Reading…

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  Hi! I'm Anna. I recently moved back to my home city of Boston after 4 years in NYC. I'm traveling the world on weekends and my blog is filled with stories from my 36, 48 and 72-hour adventures. I'm on a mission to prove that you don't need to quit your 9-to-5 to lead an exciting and travel-filled life!
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