I’m from LaGrange, a western suburb of Chicago, but moved to the city when I was 18. I live in Humboldt Park, which has a strong Puerto Rican influence, so there’s great food, street art and culture to explore (try a jibarito – trust me!) A bonus is the park is a block away from my apartment so I can take my pit bull pup, Bishop, there for walks!
I went to DePaul University where I double majored in Italian and Communication.
I studied abroad in Rome and then taught there for 3 years. During that time, I was able to visit 13 European countries!
Italy, Spain, France, England, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Holland, Denmark, Portugal, Bahamas, Mexico
Thailand, South Korea, Argentina, Iceland – I want to go everywhere!
I had traveled with my family to Mexico, but my first real experience was during my three-month study abroad program in Rome during my junior year of college. I lived in a homestay with an Italian family, took Italian lessons near the Spanish Steps, and spent my free time in San Lorenzo (the university neighborhood), drinking wine in piazzas, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the city with pizza al taglio and gelato in hand!
I got the travel itch from visiting Barcelona, Paris and London on weekend trips, and knew that this experience wouldn’t be the end of my adventures. The next year and a half was spent working and saving money while also being a full-time undergrad so I could visit Italy two more times. I spent those trips traveling to Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice, Naples and Milan, and researching ways to move there to live a long-term experience abroad. After graduation, I booked a one-way ticket to Rome, said “ciao” to my American life, and spent three years teaching and traveling throughout Europe!