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  1. James T. Chiampi on August 25, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Don’t forget to mention that not only do you bring your own grocery bag but you must fill it too. This is not done for you.

    • Catalina on August 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Yes! That is very true!

  2. Janet on November 11, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Catalina- So happy for this adventure you are on!! Congratulations and enjoy every moment!! Love, Janet (Taylor’s mom)

    • Catalina on November 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thank you so much Janet! Hope you and Taylor are doing well!

  3. Alli on November 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    How did you end up finding a job in florence? Was it difficult?
    This is my dream to do after I graduate!


  4. Anita on April 10, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Hi Catalina,
    My husband and I are taking my niece and her boyfriend to Venice, Florence and Rome for a couple of weeks in May. I’m really enjoying your blog as I prepare for our trip. I’m wondering if you could write a blog post on shopping in Florence – I noticed you mentioned that Florence is a good place to buy leather goods. Any tips on where to shop and how to find good quality and good prices?


    • Catalina on April 11, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Hello Anita!

      Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned! I recommend checking out the leather markets near Mercato Centrale, and I will definitely try to get a post up for you about this topic soon. As far as good prices, try to bargain and shop around before you purchase anything. Feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have or send me an e-mail!

      Happy travels!


  5. Adriana on March 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    hi catalina, me and my friends are planning to be i rome for two days and a half could you do an itenerary for this please? or give us any tips?
    thank you

    • Catalina on March 7, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Hello Adriana! You might want to check out my post How To Conquer Rome in a Day. There are also suggestions in the post for those who are staying in Rome longer, and you can easily stretch the itinerary our over a few days! I hope this helps and that you have an excellent visit!


  6. Kylee on March 31, 2017 at 2:34 am

    I am loving your blog! I was wondering what camera you take or use when you are traveling to these amazing spots?!

    • Catalina on March 31, 2017 at 3:10 am

      Hi Kylee! So glad you are enjoying it! I use a Canon EOS Rebel when I travel!

  7. Jessica Morosoli on April 20, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Kyleee!!

    Loved reading your blog but especially the post about Ronda Spain. I am leaving for Spain May 4th to solo travel for two weeks. I plan on going from Seville to Ronda. I was wondering if you went that same route and how you got there? Also, did you stay in a hostel, hotel or Airbnb in Ronda? Would love some advice!
    Thank You πŸ™‚

    • Catalina on April 30, 2017 at 5:29 am

      Hello Jessica! I am so glad you discovered my blog and have enjoyed reading it! Ronda is a dream-you are sure to love it! I actually headed to Ronda from Malaga, and then went from Ronda to Gibraltar! I had no trouble coordinating busses/trains to and from. I stayed in an Airbnb in Ronda to cut costs, but there are definitely hotels in the area as well! I hope you love Spain! Cheers!

  8. Jessica Morosoli on April 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    My apologies! Meant to say ( Catalina) πŸ™‚ im sorry

  9. Kim on June 23, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Hi Catalina. We are visiting Rome and Barcelona soon and have been reading everything you have on the website. Love it! Was wondering if you could tell us where the best place online is to buy our tickets. You mention buying everything beforehand online, where? Thanks.

    • Catalina on July 6, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Hello Kim! I always try to go to the actual website of each museum/site before I go! Many times you can end up accidentally paying more by using a 3rd party website! It might take some digging around to find the official sites, but they almost always have the best prices, and you won’t be scammed. I hope this helps answer your question and that you have an excellent trip!

  10. Stephanie Williams on July 6, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Just finished reading your blog on Puerto Rico! My husband and I and our 5 kids (ages 27,21,20,19,14) are trying to plan a trip during Christmas break for about 4 or 5 days.. is there anyway you can recommend hotels for us? would love to do some if not all of the things you did out there! Little overwhelming! I really want our family to step outside our comfort zone and explore and do things that are unique to the area! Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks, Stephanie Williams

    • Catalina on July 6, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Hello Stephanie! It sounds like you and your family are in for an amazing trip! I loved Puerto Rico and it is definitely a great family destination! I actually just finished a post about the hotel I stayed in when I was in San Juan, you can check it out here-I highly recommend the Hotel CasaBlanca. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any other questions or know what other cities you are planning on staying in, that way I can see if I have any other suggestions that fit your trip! Happy travel planning!

  11. Andrea Dunn on August 28, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Catalina,
    I love your blog! I’m flying into Rome from DC next month and will need to take a train up to Grosseto for a wedding. Do you know how long it usually takes to get through customs at the airport, and would you recommend reserving a train ticket ahead of time? Thank you for any guidance you can provide!!

    • Catalina on August 29, 2017 at 2:27 am

      Hello Andrea!

      Thanks so much for reaching out, I am glad you discovered my site! I haven’t actually flown into Rome, so I don’t quite know how long customs will take! I would recommend checking on Tripadvisor’s forums to see if there is any information there!

      I typically recommend reserving train tickets ahead of time to get the best prices! However, it is possible to get tickets last minute as well!

      I hope this helped answer your questions and that you have an excellent time at the wedding!

  12. Sandra on October 2, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Hi Catalina, love your blog,.
    Would you please share what size is the raincoat you wore in Iceland? does it run true to the size or big? I’m having a tough time deciding on the size as I love layering and it’s unisex so worry that my normal size will be too big, roughly the same size as you. Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Catalina on October 3, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Hello Sandra! Here is the link to the Ember & Earth sizing chart. I got an XXS (I am a US 4-6 and am 5 foot, 4 inches!). I was happy with the size and had no problems layering sweaters and a down jacket! Hope this helps you make a decision, I love my mine!

      • Sandra on October 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

        Thanks for your reply, much appreciated and very helpful!! I’m UK size 8-10 (US 4-6) and 5 foot 4 too and nearly went for M! Yours definitely does look like there’s a plenty of space for all the layers.
        Waiting for smaller sizes to be back in stock and will be ordering xxs!

  13. Penfield Sandy on January 13, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Ciao Catalina, my husband & I are from Chi Town as well and live in Little Italy. We are seeking advice on planning our trip to The Real Italy in September/October of 2018. Do you provide travel service or can you refer us to one?

    We went to Greece two years ago for 23 days & used a travel agent in Athens. This proved to be most beneficial. Do have local sources if you yourself don’t provide travel services?

    Thank you, Sandy & Tom Penfield

    • Catalina on January 28, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Hello Sandy and Tom! How exciting! September and October are perfect times to visit Italy. At the moment I am based in Spain, and the company I used to work for is more aimed at student travel. I will definitely keep my ears open though and let you know if a business comes to mind. I typically plan my own itineraries, and haven’t done many organized tours of Italy! If you are looking for Italy inspiration, you might find this post helpful if you haven’t seen it yet! Feel free to e-mail me if you have any other questions that pop up!

  14. Julia on January 18, 2018 at 12:23 am

    hi Catalina,
    Love reading your posts they’re so helpful! I was wondering I’m going to cinque Terre this summer and was wondering which airport is easiest to access La Spezia Pisa international Airport or the Florence Airport? and how many days would you recommend staying I’m going with my boyfriend and we were thinking of spending 4 days there is that too much?


    • Catalina on January 28, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Julia, that is so exciting! I’m happy that you’ve come across my blog! Pisa is closer than Florence, however, both are a direct train ride away from La Spezia, so either way getting there should be pretty simple! The townds are quite small, and I have only visited Cinque Terre as a day trip, but if you plan on hiking, more days are absolutely preferable. If for some reason you find that 4 days is too many, you could always look into taking a day trip to Pisa, Florence, or another nearby location! I’m sure you’ll have an amazing trip! If any other questions pop up, don’t hesitate to contact me!

  15. sharee richardson on February 19, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I have a question. I have a travel business and I’m looking to hire tour guides for a Venice, Florence Cinque Terre and Rome tour. I am also looking for great tour guides for Capri, Amalfi coast and Naples tour.
    Can you tell me a good company to go through? Are you available to be a tour guide?
    I am looking for the month of late April beginning of May.
    What are the fees? And do you know any great photographers?

    Thank you,

    Sharee Richardson

    • Catalina on February 23, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Hello Sharee! Unfortunately, I am not available during these times to tour guide, but if you send me an e-mail I’d be happy to send you a few tour guides that you may be interested in working with. Thanks for stopping by!

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