While Sydney crawls its way up the 'most expensive places to live' list, it's easy to forget the possibility of a Uni lifestyle, because lo and behold, student-friendly pockets exist and eating on a budget is on the cards! Being a food blogger's girlfriend comes with perks, where coffee and food are the centre of all agendas and #foodporn has become a pre-meal ritual. This means becoming experts at Sydney's food map, and i'm sure @nutorious_ will agree, a legitimate excuse to create our own bucket-list, each bite at a time. When asked by College Tourist where students (particularly from the U.S) should indulge while Down Under, these are the standouts Sydney boasts.
That luxury fur coat, those fur-trim heels, or that O.T.T hat? Fit for, well…only a princess? While generally associated with ski resort couture and first-class travel, fur this winter just got a whole lot cheaper. As the cold is getting the better of us on campus, it’s time we students lived the champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget. It’s not just the price-tag ASOS boasts, as the classic fur jacket has become something much more- pastel trims, shaggy bags, and lots (and lots) of pink fluff!
Considered Rome's little sister, Florence sits in the heart of Italy's Tuscan country side- and for that, she's the better looking half. Despite the 43 degree heat greeting us at the train station, Firenze graced us with four days of vintage finds, marbled galleries and an elegance only Botticelli can recreate. Like meeting Paris for the first time, the Renaissance streetscape took you to another world. The Gallery Art Hotel, known for its pop-culture influence and vintage boutique neighbours, provided us with the perfect basecamp as we took Firenze on, one cobbled street at a time.
With a reputation for anything glitz and the glam, the waters of Lake Como may as well be diamond-encrusted. With an expectation of everything rich and nothing rugged, when reality provided us with the real thing we were taken by surprise. Lake Como, a celebrity's playground and holiday-house-must-have, leaves little room for modesty or locale. Yet low and behold, behind the the high hedges an authentic Italian tranquility exists, where pizza is almost an insult and tomatoes are grown fresh from the garden beneath the pastel-painted shutters.
After two years of comparing the land of tea to inarguably my favourite city, New York (the land of well...everything) it wasn't until my second visit to London that I now appreciate her for who she is. It goes without saying that any foreign city, particularly one on this scale, no doubt requires research and warming too. Like a new friend I suppose, testing the waters of her personality (or perhaps in the plural) can be a tricky task- yet exciting nonetheless. After three days of museum hopping, tea sipping and thrift shopping- I was sold.
Touching down in Heathrow after sunrise, all five hundred of us were herded into customs, and when the 30 degree heat is added, we had ourselves what they like to call 'a heat wave'.