After reading Norma Toering's Blog Line Dried-Throwback Thursday I was inspired to take a blast to the past of my time spent in Europe. One of the best things that I learned was that even the greatest cities; whether Rome, Paris, Barcelona, etc. the best adventures are what lays on the outskirts. I studied abroad in the town of Lugano, Switzerland. It's not Zurich or Geneva but Lugano is stunningly beautiful and like no other place. That also stands for other countries though. Traveling to the unknown or off the grid can bring you to the greatest adventures.
Italy was just across the lake from Lugano. Traveling in Europe is like traveling from state to state in America, it's nice to be able to have the luxury of visiting all these countries by just hopping on a train.
A closed down insanisylum overlooking Lugano. Unlike in the states there's limited no trespassing signs and warnings. You do things at your own risk and take responsibility for it if you get hurt or screw up. They run on the law of common sense, which again is very unique and interesting when you compare Europe and the United States.
Where I'm going with this is that don't just travel to the well known areas, travel to the unknown or places never heard of. You can visit all the main attractions but every city and town has those underground and local places that really showcase the beauty of the country!