Hello, hello, hello! Do I have a good story for yall or what and it involves my most recent travels to the Ukraine. Yes, for some reason just saying Ukraine doesn’t ring to well so my friend and I have … Continue reading
Istanbul is a grand enormous city. With a population quoted anywhere from 14 to 18 million, the city is sprawling and nearly 5 to 6 times the size of the Chicago – the city I am closest too back home. … Continue reading
Versailles is one of those places that is neither explainable with words or photos. It is more of an experience thing. Our visit to Versailles meant ending a fabulous Euro BackPacking Trip with a bang. We were pretty exhausted after … Continue reading
Granada was basically the city that our EuroVacay was centered around. Both Jess and I agreed that we had to see the city that was said to be like the Spanish version of Verona, Italy – the place where the … Continue reading
A couple Sundays ago my friend Alex, the friend who accompanied me on a former Istanbul Adventure, set off for a little exploring in Istanbul. On our agenda was a Kaymak (Turkish cream) restaurant in Beşiktaş that I found via … Continue reading
Jess and I spent a great day touring around Lisbon. In the morning we partook on a tour our hostel put on. That was awesome – even got to speak a bit of Turkish on it since there were two … Continue reading
I have amazing parents. They traveled half way around the globe to see me! Love them for it. FPU’s (father parental unit) philosophy is if my child is gonna study abroad then I am gonna get a vacation out of … Continue reading
Cabo da Roca is the most western point on mainland Europe and it is just extraordinary. It alone is reason enough to travel to and visit Portugal. It also makes for a adventure of a bus ride to/from Sintra. You … Continue reading
A little day trip to Sintra was an all around success for my friend and I. Sintra is super easy to get to from Lisbon, so if you ever find yourself in Lisbon, I highly recommend taking the train to … Continue reading
This summer my friend Jess sent me this article about a gelato shop – Mua Gelateria d’Italia – in Istanbul. From the minute I read the article I just knew that I had to get myself a scoop…or two of their gelato. My friend Alex and I decided to go on a little adventure last Friday and while we were hunting for H&M and failed at finding it (google led us astray) we did end up stumbling across Mua Gelateria. Not to mention we were climbing a serious hill when the shop just materialized in front of us.
When we walked into the shop we could barely say “Merhaba” before the guy working the counter started to hand us sampleS. Yes big S is necessary because when I say samples I am pretty sure we sampled all the flavors and the way we did was just by saying mmmmmmm after all of them.
All the flavors on display – first time I have seen it with this type of set-up
The article mentioned how the dondurmua – see how they did that??? – uses Turkish flavors and I was a little intrigued by what that meant but fig, Turkish banana (yes different from what we know at home as our good ole Chiquita bananas – here those are foreign bananas), and something with a sultan and weekend cream explained it all. Not to mention the classics of a bitter chocolate and the always necessary stracciatella. For me – and the friend – we both settled for the lethal combination of cinnamon and banana – phenomenal.
Cheers from a gelato lover who got her fix in Turkey