Cartagena was a city I was dying to visit after seeing it's colorful doorways and picturesque streets flood my Instagram feed. After spending a few days in Bogotá, my sister and I flew off for this tropical destination. We were more than ready to escape Bogotá's chilly and rainy weather for some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Plus, being the beach bums that we are, we were just excited to be close to a body of water again - especially when it's the Caribbean sea!
One of the things I was most excited about when I first moved the D.C. was getting to see the cherry blossoms bloom. Even though where I grew up was only a 4 hour car ride away from D.C., I never made the drive up to see them. But now that I actually live here, I have no excuse this year!
If you don't already know, I'm a huge advocate for solo traveling. Taking the leap to embark on my first solo trip to Madrid was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it opened up a whole new world to me. It's a completely different experience compared to when you travel with your family or a group of friends.
If I had to a pick a favorite Italian city, second to Florence, it would definitely be Bologna. As the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is often overlooked for its more touristy counterparts. But this city actually has so much to offer with half the amount of tourists! Also, why would you not want to visit a city nicknamed La Grassa ("the fat one")?