Laura and Jason Gatti

gattisaroundtheworld

Laura and Jason Gatti

Hola Amigos!!
We are so pleasant and thankful that you spend some of your time to follow with our travel blog. We are Laura and Jason Gatti, a young and very adventurous couple who is looking forward to have the best time of our life traveling. We have sacrificed so much in our time together to make our travel dreams come true and we want to share our stories, mistakes, regrets, and overall experience with you. We have learned so much in our time on the road together and we hope that our blog inspires you to take the risk and explore, because it is worth every step.

Ciao,

Laura and Jason
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Europe » Austria » Vienna July 3rd 2016

Vienna 6/30 - 7/3 We were very excited to check out Vienna since it has an almost magical touch to the name, similar to perhaps a Paris. In fact, before we left we had heard from multiple people that Vienna was a mini Paris in beauty. We have to disagree, and maybe our experience was different than others, but our very high expectations were not quite met. Now I hope that doesn’t turn you away from reading this, but we were a little disappointed in Vienna. Our train from Budapest to Vienna went very smoothly, and the countryside was very pleasant to watch. I was a little apprehensive though because we were staying at our second AirBnb of the trip and the host gave us directions on how to pick up the key and get to ... read more
Parliament
Parliament
Rauseplatz

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 30th 2016

Budapest, Hungary 6/26/2016 - 6/30/2016 Budapest started off the right way, with drinking and soccer of course. Our flight from Crete to Budapest was a little stressful as we had to catch an early bus from Bali to Heraklion, about 1 hour, and then get on another bus to the airport which was super confusing and then we found out that the airport was packed, and I mean packed: people were overflowing from the check-in desks to the outside waiting area. Luckily, that was for a different airline and ours was super smooth. We landed in Athens had a nice little break before landing in Budapest in the early evening. We booked an apartment, not through AirBnB but booking.com, and met our host outside of his place on Castle Pony street on the Buda side of ... read more
10,000 Hungarians
Buda Castle
Parliament

Europe » Greece » Crete June 26th 2016

We flew Ryanair to Crete, and were a little excited because it was our first time. The best airfare we could find was from Bergamo, Italy to Chania, Crete. So we decided to check out Bergamo for a night, and were so pleasantly to find that it is BEAUTIFUL. Such a cool little city with the Citta Alta built upon a huge hill, with castle walls surrounding the old town overlooking the Lombard Valley. It looks like a city from Game of Thrones and we were so excited to check it out. There was an awesome international food market by the train station where we got some lunch and drank some delicious beers before ascending up to the old town. The hike up was hard, but the reward was worth it. We walked around the ancient ... read more
Bergamo
Bergamo
Bergamo

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Chiavari June 19th 2016

We didn’t visit the Italian Riviera, we lived there. Great, we got our AirBnB quote out, but we were very fortunate to have lucked out immensely with a truly awesome AirBnB spot. It was a shared room with our own private bathroom, and it was half the price of any hotel in the area. The apartment was located in Chiavari, kind of the commercial hub of the Italian Riviera Levante. We spent six glorious days in the area and really felt like we began to understand the life of the Ligurian people. Chiavari This place simply grew on us. It kind of felt like a younger sibling, as the city had some annoying tendencies, however, deep down you grow to love the place. First, we arrived at 9:55pm, and literally everything was closed. Our first impression ... read more
Sestri Levante
Sestri Levante
Sestri Levante

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore June 16th 2016

We had some unfinished business with the Cinque Terra, which was really one of the main reasons why we returned to the Italian Riviera after only two years. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Cinque Terra, it is perhaps the most beautiful series of five villages that your eyes will be lay witness to. These villages are situated right by the sea along some very rugged coastline with mountains rising high above. For centuries, the only connection that these villages had with each other was by the sea, or by a coast trail. The people who lived here also managed to dig into this difficult land to create some extremely beautiful terraced gardens, plantations, and vineyards. In our last trip, we kind of cheated by walking only half of the trail connecting the ... read more
Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 13th 2016

Rome was a blur, a walking blur. In just over 7 hours we walked 11.5 miles and were able to see everything we had previously missed. Our hotel was located right next to Termini Station, which was convenient because we arrived last night at around 21:00. We had a wonderful night sleep and woke up refreshed and ready to go. Our first mission was to visit Trevi Fountain as it was under construction on our previous trip, so we took off walking with a basic idea of the direction. Thirty minutes later we ended up at the Colosseum, which wasn’t a bad thing. We took in the impressive might of the Roman Empire, still standing strong on the skyline and observed the forum from the cobbled streets. I think what strikes me the most every time ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 12th 2016

We returned to reality just over a year ago, although it sometimes feels like ten years have passed. In late March 2015, we said our farewells to Laura’s family in Colombia, our last stop in our year trip, made a passing comment to anyone who cared to listen about all the places we saw, experiences we had, and people we met…and then simply settled right back into our previous routines. It was a harsh realization, learning that despite our new understanding of this world and the growth we experienced together, internally and externally, life was pretty much the same as before we left. There was a sense of relief and frustration with this realization. We wanted everything to be different but understood that there was a level of safety knowing that home will always be home. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Sestri Levante October 9th 2014

The Two Coasts: Venice & Sestri Levante Venice: Lets begin with Venice. Our flight from Copenhagen was quick and painless, very different from our previous journey. Throughout our trip we talked about expectations, and how we wanted to take in each new city with a blank canvas and let our experiences paint the picture. For Venice, we cheated a little bit, because of its enchanting existence as the City of Bridges. Our expectations were definitely correct in terms of external beauty, however, the actual city left much to be desired. We began off the right foot, though, as our quaint bed and breakfast, named Albergo Doni, was located in perhaps the most quintessential alley/canal of Venice. Albergo Doni practically oozed Venice in it’s facaded windows dusted with beautiful hanging flowers, its slightly fade... read more
Albergo Doni's
One of Many Bridges in Venice
Lunch Time

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen October 1st 2014

Planes, Trains, and Bicycles Copenhagen, Denmark Our story begins with our trip to Copenhagen, a city that is a little out of the way of the usual tourist route. To get there by plane from Paris was going to cost quite a bit, so we decided to take an overnight train, a new and exciting experience for us. The train was not the typical overnight train, because as usual we went the cheap route, and booked three different trains over the course of a 10 hour journey across four countries. We left our hotel in Paris slightly excited about this upcoming journey, but unfortunately, our excitement turned to absolute despair. Jason, very typically of an American, did not understand that Europeans use the 24 hour clock to tell time, rather than AM & PM. We arrived ... read more
Ferry to Copenhagen
Ferry to Copenhagen
Ferry to Copenhagen

Europe » France September 16th 2014

The City of Roses Our Friends in Toulouse: Before arriving to Paris, we had a great time visiting a friend of Laura’s for the weekend in Toulouse. Martha Lucia (Lulu) was Laura’s friend from high school in Colombia and is currently living with her husband, Fabrice, in Toulouse. The two of them have a delightful 1 year old boy named Matteo. They were kind enough to bring us into their home for two nights and share some very memorable times with us. Our first night we ate a wonderful pizza with white sauce and potato’s and two lonely black olives, but was a pizza we have never tried before. The next day, Lulu took us to see Toulouse, the City of Roses, named so because of it’s pinkish brick buildings. We walked through the Plaza Capitol ... read more
Toulouse, France
Toulouse, France
Toulouse, France




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