Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!

Just like that, CR is over. It ended with a bang: an amazing dinner at Zagara, pictures at the Trevi Fountain, and very little sleep. The last moments of CR were unforgettable.  When I woke up this morning, it all hit me. I didn’t see my gals rolling out of bed getting ready for another … More Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!

Life in the States

Well, CR8, as far as the event, is over now. However, CR8 will live on forever. Now comes all of the questions: “How was your trip?” “What did you learn?” “What was your favorite part?”. I have been asked all of those questions and for some reason I really struggle with an answer. How am … More Life in the States

Nerd Alert

I will be the first to admit I am a nerd, but my mama always told me “nerds run the world.” I’ve always been that kid who loves learning and tries to absorb everything within reach. I ask lots of questions, so many, in fact, that when I was a kid, my mother’s instinctive response … More Nerd Alert

No Filter

Florence is the mecca of art. I came into the city a little worried about this considering my only true experience with art was the hashtag “artsy” on the ‘gram. Well, I took a class in high school, but I don’t think my popsicle basket is really on the level of the David yet (maybe … More No Filter


Well fam, we have made it to our final stop on cultural routes: Rome. First of all, I am thrilled; Rome holds so much history, culture, and shopping. What’s not to love? But secondly, I am struck dumb by all that has led up to where we are now. It’s crazy to think back to … More Changes

PHOTOS: Welcome to Rome … Now Start Cooking (Class)

Every year I try to add surprise elements to Cultural Routes. One element I added this year took place hours after arriving in Rome: a friend’s husband gave my students a cooking class in his lab kitchen. The students were amazing as they painstakingly worked through multiple processes to produce 2 pastas, 2 sauces, fried … More PHOTOS: Welcome to Rome … Now Start Cooking (Class)

Life is Good

The past week in Italy has been full of laughs, smiles, endless amounts of pasta, and the best gelato.  Cinque Terra captured my heart. There is something real special about this place. I don’t know if it was spontaneously swimming in sea, eating orange chocolate gelato, chatting with past CRers, or going on a long … More Life is Good

PHOTOS: Final Night in Florence, Francescovinni, and Fabio

On our final “official” night in Florence, we ate at Fabio’s restaurant Francescovinni. The restaurant sits on top of the walls of the original Roman Amphitheatre in Florence. The sight is where the Romans first used concrete and contains the oldest room in Florence.  After dinner, we moved to Piazza Michaelangelo for a final glorious … More PHOTOS: Final Night in Florence, Francescovinni, and Fabio