Genoa 2012: Pop Stars, Pesto, and Porpoises

Friday I hoped on a one-hour flight up north, to Genoa, for the weekend. I'll never get tired of these weekend adventures, they're a great way to actually get away but don't interfere with real life cause we're always back in Rome by Sunday evening!

The point of the weekend was to see Italian pop sensation, Tiziano Ferro. He's started a tour all over Italy and even though he'll be in Rome this summer we simply couldn't wait and decided it would be a great reason to visit a city we'd never seen before. Heading to an Italian concert was quite the experience, for once we were the minority. The small stadium only fit about 4,000 people and was filled with Italians, specifically, teenage Italian girls. In fact, the number of tourists I saw all weekend were limited to a Scottish couple sharing our hotel! 

Genoa was lovely, if not for it's true "Italian" feel due to a lack of foreigners, it was the food! The birthplace of pesto did not disappoint. I had the famous pine nut and basil dish at least three times over the weekend and each time was a little bit different but consistently amazing, yum! We even got lucky and ended up in the city while they were celebrating the 20th anniversary of the construction of their modern day port (their old port would have moored Christopher Columbus' ships!). As a result, we winded up getting on awesome deal on the seeing all of the attractions, including one of the best and biggest aquariums in Italy, a maritime museum, a biosphere, a panoramic elevator, and a tour of a submarine. 

I hope that next time I go to Genoa, I'm sailing my boat into their port just like Columbus! 

Happy travels from Rome,



Mary Reagan, Saint Louis University

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The trip to Budapest was amazing! I did not know what to expect from Budapest because my roommate just told me to go with her so I was up for anything, but it ended up being one of my favorite trips so far of my study abroad experience. The hostel we stayed at gave us an excellent taste of the Budapest night life while Bogi took us to places that I definitely would not have been able to get to on my own or had known about if not for her WSA tour. It was a great weekend and I highly recommend it.

Mary Reagan, Saint Louis University ~ St. Louis University, Madrid, Spring 2015

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