The courtyard of our hostel on Via dei Tribunali

The courtyard of our hostel on Via dei Tribunali

In October I visited Napoli, Italy with my sister for three days. We’d actually intended to visit Pompei but due to lost luggage and delays our primary purpose in Napoli ended up being the eating of much pizza… and walking around the small sidestreets that make up the heart of Napoli.

on the way from the trainstation to Via dei Tribunali

on the way from the Napoli Centrale train station to Via dei Tribunali

We stayed at San Genarro B&B on Via dei Tribunali right in the historic district of Napoli which we booked through

the balcony in our room

the balcony in our room

We’ve used Airbnb for NYC and two stays in Rome (different apartments) I’ve also used it to book a stay in Oberotann, Germany and I will be using it again to stay in Utrecht, the Netherlands in August & September. If I don’t have points for a hotel Airbnb is my first choice because it has literally every type of accommodation you can imagine and the hosts really add value. In our case, Gianni, who lives in the appartment where we rented a room, was able to call our airline and speak to them in Italian and help us figure out where our luggage was and when we would finally get it. Huge help. He also helped us map out the neighbourhood and pick the best times and places to be.



When we arrived in Napoli I had been without allergy meds for 4 days and I hadn’t expected the very poor air-quality, which as I found out afterwards, is well documented.  The small streets, smog and heat hit my lungs like a brick. My sister hated me because I couldn’t keep up  because I couldn’t breathe so on the second day I found an apothecary and in very poor italian managed to make clear which medication I needed. Due to this and lost luggage I initially thought I wouldn’t visit Napoli again… but I might in the future. That’s the beauty of travel, you learn so much! (I also know I shouldn’t check my meds, but checking my carry-on bag was a last-minute decision as we were late at the airport for check-in and sis told me on the spot she was checking her bag, so I checked mine too… with my meds, the bags then ended up lost for nearly a week)

random building

random building

Napoli is different, if you’re used to western travel and hotels Napoli will give you a glimpse of poverty and history. It’s also very different than Rome. In Rome everything old is a tourist attraction, the historic centre of Napoli is also ancient… but you don’t feel like a tourist walking through a guided maze at every step, which is great.


lazy puppy at a store entry

The most memorable part about Napoli was, of course, the pizza. I’ve never tasted so many amazing pizza’s in my life. No pizza since has made up for it. We ate so much pizza that for about two months after the trip Ididn’t want to go near it. Also any american version just can’t tip Napoli pizza.



Best pizza? Handsdown Sorbillo’s, Di Matteo’s was good too, but Sorbillo’s beat it. It turns out there’s two Sorbillo’s, one copycat, the restaurant also opens later in the evening and be prepared for a little bit of a wait on the street. It’s worth it. (check this summary of pizza places)

When we returned from our trip I referred to it as a big lifelesson. I still think that’s true, I went through a rollecoaster of emotions prior to, during and after the trip. From excitement to disappointment and awe to anger and happiness. It was just a trip… but it’s shaping my plans, my views on life and also how I handle my finances. I’ve realized that exploring the world is more important than getting to a million dollars, and while yes, I do need to save for retirement… I’d rather see as much as I can now, than later.



I’ve been slowly posting pics & a record of my most recent trip to Europe in late July/August. I checked out the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, traveled to Brussel and checked out the Atomium among other things and after that moved onward to the Netherlands.

One of the next adventures on my trip was getting to drive my uncles cargovan on the narrow Dutch roads. I’ve had my license here in Canada since I turned 17 (so… counting back that’s like almost 9 years, holy crap!) I checked out the laws before I did it just to be sure I wasn’t doing anything illegal, turns out I can drive in the Netherlands for up to 160-somedays months with my Canadian license! (As long as the car is registered to a dutch person in the Netherlands) After successfully not driving into anything my uncle allowed me to take my cousins car to go visit my grandparents for the afternoon. I got a little bit lost thanks to an outdated map on the TomTom. (They can’t build roads that fast where I live in Canada.. haaa….) but managed to get to my grandparents despite a ten minute detour through parts of the city Groningen that I didn’t know. (Yeah, even though I grew up there, go figure!)

proof 😉

After that I my uncle dropped me off at my bff’s mothers house where she was staying that night and we spent the evening geekily playing Boggle, drinking wine and sitting outside in the warm evening.

The next day my friends brother took us out on his boat for the afternoon and we spent most of the afternoon drinking juice, eating more pistolets with filet americain and enjoying the hot weather. Seriously, I had fan-tastic weather when I was home! It’s never like that, the Netherlands being a low-lying country it tends to rain… a lot.

The seriously awesome little boat

I spent a few days lazing about before travelling onward to the UK with C. where we spent two sun-filled days walking around Windsor, drinking beer, eating fries and sleeping in. Much sleeping in.

Windsor Castle, UK 2012

I really didn’t take very many photos on this trip and I really regret it now. My whirlwind UK trip took all of two days after which I returned to the Netherlands, visited my grandparents again, had dinner on a floating dock in Rotterdam, had a marathon Big Bang Theory watching session with C.  and subsequently got ill from the fish that we ate. Travellers ailments. So much fun. 😉

Mmmmm I want more

From Canada to Iceland to Belgium to The Netherlands to the UK to the Netherlands to Iceland and back to Canada, I spent 17 days completely free. It was a fantastic trip, I learned stuff about myself and will definitely plan something like this again in the future, hell, I’ve already started dreaming about it and googling destinations.

Where would you like to go? 

Other posts related to this trip: Before departure: Deciding to Travel Solo, Iceland/first few days: We have liftoff!, A Hopscotch to Brussel, and The Atomium and Homeward Bound