Brittany Reiter

Wee Little Pilgrim

Brittany Reiter

Bongiorno! My name is Brittany and I am a 22 year old currently living in Calgary, Alberta, awaiting the trip of a lifetime as I set off to Italy at the end of the month to begin a job there as an Au Pair. This blog is something I (poorly) began two years when I took my first trip to Europe. At that time I was only going for a short while, two months to Spain to complete the most intense physical task I have ever accomplished, El Camino de Santiago. Now I am dusting off the cobwebs, determined to start fresh with this blog in the hopes that this time I can really embrace it fully. I would love to become a regular 'blogger' and just hope that all of you will therefore be interested enough to read what it is I have to say! So here we go, wish me luck as I embark on the newest (and to-date, the most exciting) chapter of my young life in arguably one of the greatest cities in the world, Venice!

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary June 16th 2013

It's funny how little time it takes for all of the negative aspects of a trip or memories to fall away. When I left Italy just a few short weeks ago, I was very ready to say good-bye and return to the comforts of Canada and to see all of my much missed family. I felt that I had gained all that I needed from the trip and seen what life had to offer there for me. Of course at the time I felt a sense of sadness at leaving those beautiful ancient canals and crumbling facades behind, but I was also so very excited to return to the familiarity of home. Well this morning a very strange thing happened, as I woke up I was for the first time surprised to find myself back in ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » MontrĂ©al May 8th 2013

At this moment, I currently find myself perched quite comfortably atop a cushy bar stool, cozied up to my usual spot at the kitchen bar top, while sipping some satisfyingly bitter Starbucks dark roast in my favourite over-sized coffee mug. If it wasn't easy enough to figure out due to that slight overly-detailed description.. I'm home, back in Cowtown. And you might ask, how do I feel about that? The truth is I'm not really sure I know yet myself. When I left Italy nearly two weeks ago, I was relieved and elated to return home to my loved ones and see all their smiling faces again. And as for the part of the return, it felt even better than expected. My niece pretty much gave me the rock star welcome, smothered under a mountain of ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice April 9th 2013

Apparently I took quite a hiatus from writing, almost a month it seems. Once again I seemed to have gotten sidetracked and caught up in the busy routine which is day-to-day life (haha). Even in Italy, it seems that the daily schedule is one packed full to the brim and always keeping me running here and there. I do appreciate that however, it is good to know that even on the other side of the globe people seem to go about their lives in the same hectic attitude that we do back at home. A reminder that no matter where you are, when it comes down to it, things aren't really as different as we think they might be. And along with this, is the reality that back at home, life also continues at the same ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice March 17th 2013

I can't tell you how many times I have second guessed my decision to come to Italy.. all the money I spent to get here, all the countless hours sitting in disorganized offices shuffling through mounds of endless paperwork to make it a reality.. today I finally realized why it was all worth it. I had to fly half way around the world to discover that all I could ever need and want was right there in front of me at home. Not just in the way that Canada is an amazing place to live, but I mean the truest sense of it: I had it all. I am the luckiest girl in the world. I just couldn't see that because I was too blinded by all the crap life had thrown in my face. You ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona March 3rd 2013

(For all you devote Tolkien fans out there, I am sorry to say this title was not a refernce to my astonishing discovery of Middle Earth.. simply a blog written about beautiful Verona, Italy ha ha) Looking back perhaps Alexandra & I should have known that to go to the City of Love, solo with just your other single gal pal, means that Verona will offer a totally different prespective than most would find.. we just didn't realize it was going to be SUCH an adventure! Even the planning itself was a little hap-hazard. We decided on Thursday I believe that we would go, because we both had an interest in seeing "Casa di Giulietta" (House of Juliet) which had a discounted entrance fee this particular weekend. Seeing as how there was nothing else planned in ... read more
Piazza di Signori
Arena, by night
View from the "Castello" (Castle) bridge

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 27th 2013

Once again (and this a rare thing for me..) I am almost lost for words to describe the absolute magic that is Venezia, especially at night. Now if I had written this blog Monday morning you would have heard a very different tale. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens in life, I was hit with a pretty bad case of the Mondays. Everything sucked, I was tired, I was cranky, and I was about ready to throw in the towel. As I stepped off the bus last night from Mestre to Venice I almost laughed out loud thinking back at my "bitchy" moment. That is just the way it goes some times. We have good days, we have bad days. But the only thing I need to remember is that even on the bad days.. I AM STILL ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 22nd 2013

There are few things that can bond females together faster than the topic of men, accompanied by a cocktail. It's really nice to know that at least no matter where you are in this world, this method of "relaxation" is a proven success. The "Sex in the City" women perfected this, creating an entire hit TV series surrounding the love women share for complaining, time and time again, about a man (always over a cosmo of course). Well the act itself is no different here in Venice, only the beverage is a spritz and the background music a little more, retro (say REM circa 1983). But all in all it was still a fantastic way to spend my Thursday evening with a new friend, especially when outside gigantic snowflakes were blanketing the quiet city. Pause for ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 21st 2013

When you wake up after a fantastic evening spent with friends, vino & laughter, I must say it is a nice surprise to not feel hung over. However, when you can barely roll out of bed because you are still so full from the amazing Italian feast you devoured the night before, there really is no sense of complaint. I am delighted to say last night I was cooked one of the tastiest meals I have had here yet, by some very lovely people who turned my typical Wednesday evening in to a fun-filled delicious affair. I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I love going out for dinner simply because there is nothing more enjoyable than to eat a meal that you yourself did not lift a finger to cook. But the reality is, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 19th 2013

I came back in the Europe in the hopes to "regain" my sense of adoration, after having been dragged away unwilling when my Camino Trip (2011) ended. I knew without a doubt that I had to return to the continent that had taught me so much in such a short time. Whether it was the people, the food, the culture.. or a combination of all these things, I can't quite be sure. But regardless, when I started dreaming of taking off again, this was the place my heart was calling me. Italy arose as a yet discovered wonderland. A place where I could start a new adventure, and potentially a new life depending on how things went. Well, it has only taken me six weeks to discover that sometimes the place from which we came, is ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 15th 2013

Have you ever had the feeling of being in the "momento perfetto" (perfect moment) and then suddenly, your favorite song comes on? Or more specifically, the "right" song. It's a very simple sensation I realize, but some how to me I am in awe of these rare occurences. It's as if someone above is watching you basking in the glow of your wonder and says: you think you've got it good right now? Let me up the anti just one more level! That's the feeling I get at least. There is an incredible power to music that I believe is very underrated. For me, a certain song can evoke the strongest of memories. It can either build you up, or in only a second cause the world to crash around you. Coldplay is the later for ... read more

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