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Love coffee? Find out how other countries serve their coffee and be prepared for your coffee experience abroad.

Make sure you fit in with the latest fashion trends while you’re travelling. This month: ITALY!

While travelling with your significant other, try a new European trend and lock away your love.

Explore an underwater world of sunken art at MUSA.

Take an adventure through the beautiful lanscape of the Amalfi Coast


Venture EDITOR Lexi Circle

DESIGN Merissa Blitz






Around the World

ne grande iced nonfat 2-pump mocha latte no foam please?” No way is that going to fly in most foreign countries that have just learned the difference between an espresso and a cappuccino. So what’s a coffee-lover to do when the deluxe days of Dunkin’ and intricate orders from Starbucks are as

foreign to the waitress as half the words on the menu are to you? The way I see it, there are two options, but since the first requires you to physically hop over the counter and prepare the steamed beverage yourself, that leaves us with one feasible method: adapt. For those who use caffeine as a staple of energy and method of survival, an espresso is the best bet. Plus, you’ll blend right in with the other café visitors who use this

Our Own Coffee Translator

environment as a way to quickly infuse their sluggish bodies with a source of energy. In stark comparison to the American coffee-drinking habits, foreigners have yet to see the benefit in nursing a venti cup of coffee that has been drained significantly with milk, sugar or flavorful syrups. Instead, the drink is most often served hot in a small piece of chinaware and with minimal additives. It’s obvious, though, that not everyone can adapt to this seemingly barbaric method of caffeine absorption. So, another form of adaptation requires knowing the language. If you have a thesaurus with you (which you should), the best words for you to learn are “ice,” “milk,” “sugar,” and, if those all fail, “soda.” Since many foreign cafes are accustomed to American tourists, it’s important to note that there

9 are some circumstances where an “American coffee” is universally understood to include a larger-sized cup and about a half-cup of sweetener. However, do not be surprised if your “iced coffee” results in a small glass that is filled with ice and has a sip-worth of coffee. Also, in place of the stacks of artificial sweeteners such as

Sweet’N Low, Splenda and Equal, European cafes tend to stay classy with the teaspoon-portions of natural sugar. If searching for a zerocalorie packet of sweetener is on your list of priorities, you can put your physique-conscious mind to rest with the ever-common ZSweet packet. It’s definitely a struggle for

anyone used to his or her daily order at the Coffee Bean, but it’s not impossible to get that caffeine kick in a way that seems favorable to you. Just keep in mind that these orders will instantly stick a red tourist flag to you and may result in an inappropriately high bill. But hey, it’s coffee, isn’t it worth it?


How to NOT Look Like a Tourist in


Photo and Article by Merissa Blitz

27 As summer creeps up on us, we’re beginning to plan our one-week getaway from our summer job or internship. This year Italy is one of the hottest spots to visit. But looking like an American tourist will keep you from having the full Italian experience. Here are a few tips to help you fit in with the fashion savvy natives.

Guys When going out on the town at night, guys should wear a dressy button down shirt but during the day, a polo or a nice t-shirt will do the trick. Choose a pant made of a lightweight fabric such as khaki or linen so that you will be comfortable in the hot sun on your tour throught the Venice canals. As far as shoes go, you can’t go wrong with a brown or black leather sandal. They will match anything and can be dressed up or dressed down.

Girls In the summer months, you’ll usually see Italian women strolling through town wearing sundresses and flowy skirts. One of the most prominent accessories in Italy is the over-the-shoulder bag. This is very convient for you because not only will you look Italian-chic but you will also have a place to hide away your tourist identity (a.k.a. your camera, phone, maps, brochures and souveniers). Sunglasses are a staple accessorie in any Italian woman’s wardrobe. Get large, round-framed sunglasses that cover from right above your eyebrows and hit right above your cheek bones. the bigger the better!

Italian Fashion Don’ts Never EVER wear white tennis shoes. This is the key indicator of a tourist. If you want to wear sneakers, make sure they are dark in color and that you are able to wear them with both a casual outfit as well as a dressy-casual one.

Girls and guys rarely ever wear shorts except for when they are playing sports. Ladies, if you really want to wear shorts on your trip, make sure that they at least hit right above your knee. Guys tend to wear pants all year round.

Locking Love:

Euro Style

Ashley Braun discovers a new trending activity for couples that travel

FEATURES was on a bike tour in Colorful, artistic, unique; each are different but when they all come together it Prague when I first saw makes a beautiful whole. So how exactly does it work? them. To seal Multi-colored, disorthe deal and ganized, yet beautifully signify that handcrafted. Each was in a their souls random spot, but the mess are eternally came together like a perfect locked togethinstallation. Representing er, the couple love and commitment, I will throw the began to romanticize over padlock key this new custom in Europe: over the edge Love Locks. of the bridge Love Locks are a custom into the river. Symbolically, by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge, the couple has or any similar public fixture, joined together forever and by couples to symbolize thrown away their everlasting love. the key so that It is said, that couples will their love will carve, or write, their names never end, just on the padlock then throw away the key together, sym- as the padlock bolizing that their love and commitment to each other will never be opened. will never break, or need to be parted. On the flip side, Love padlocks are frequently When I was standing on the bridge looking at each viewed as a form of vandalism by local authorities, and of the locks individually, I saw happiness, trust, hope, various efforts have been made to prevent the practice. However, because love padlocks have become so popugoodness. There are good people in the world, lar, it is difficult to stop couples from setting them up. committing to each other for a lifetime, trusting each As a result, many cities and some towns have set up other in happiness and joy. dedicated fences and other structures where it is legal These Love Locks can inspire others to find true to affix love padlocks. These efforts may be moderately love, give hope to those who don’t believe in true love, helpful with preventor remind us to love ing illegal installathe one you’re with. tions, but improvised These Love Locks locks are still to be provide a romanfound everywhere. tic memory these All in all, it isn’t Hungary - In the centre of the southern Hungarian city of Pécs couples will never always easy to let forget, yet provide a the people you love Germany - Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany warm sensation to know how much they Metal pole in Mount Huang, China China mean to you, which every single person is why Love Locks who walks by. Italy - Lamp poles on Ponte Milvio in Rome are such a popular Love padlocks Luzhkov bridge in downtown Moscow trend. Commitment, Russia began appearing promise, and deep throughout Europe Ukraine - A pedestrian bridge over Volodymyrsky uzviz near love can all be symin the early 2000’s the National Philharmonic building in Kiev bolized through this and have lasted over little activity. a decade. Japan - The Venus Bridge

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Underwater Art Snorkel through the waters off the coast of Cancun and Isla Mujeresas as you discover over 403 permanent lifesize sculptures settling down in the deep blue sea.

Itching to go to a museum, but don’t want the same old experience? You could find a museum

anywhere you can walk around, looking at pieces of art or things from the past.

If you’re looking for something a little different however, there’s a cultural hub for you. Trade walking for swimming through the exhibits, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself being followed! Many fish and other marine life call this museum their home. Located off the coast of Cancun and Isla Mujeres lies MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte). The crystal clear waters make it easy to enjoy the life-sized statues either above or below the water. The museum is furnished with hundreds of statues and bright, natural

coral. If you’re an adult, this trip will cost $40 but the experience is worth it. This ticket includes round trip transportation from the Paradise platform, unlimited guided snorkel tour, beer and refreshments aboard the paradise platform, snorkel equipment and your own aquaworld snorkel, which is yours to keep at the end of the adventure. Even better, if you are traveling with young ones who are dying to get in the water, their tickets run $20 cheaper. ELIZABETH NERICH


AVVENTURA IN AMALFI The Amalfi Coast is known for its unique, beautiful landscape, with the rare combination of mountain and sea. Photos and Article by Katie Baer

This landscape creates cliffs, caverns, natural arches, deep fjords and stunning beaches that have enchanted travelers for centuries. Colorfully painted houses lean on each other on the cliffs hanging over the crystal blue sea. The many islands that make up the Amalfi Coast are easily traveled in a weekend trip, but have plenty to offer for a longer stay.

SORRENTO Straddling cliffs that look out across the bay to Mt Vesuvius, Sorrento is perfectly situated to be the base for your Amalfi Coast adventures.

From Sorrento, you can take the ferry to Capri, train to Pompeii and bus to Positano, Amalfi and Naples. Sorrento’s shores have been eternally irresistible to lovers of the sea. It was there that mythical sirens of Greek legend once lived, luring powerless sailors with their enchanting melody to their ship’s doom. Will you answer their siren call? Amalfi Coast Map © 2006 by James Martin


POSITANO Enjoy a day in the sun at the beautiful Positano black sand beaches.

You’ve seen this colorful seaside town in “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and now it can be your time for a care-free water adventure (and perhaps you’ll find your own Jude Law and Matt Damon?!) This cliff-hanging coastal village has activities for all. The adventure-seekers can hop on a boat and tour the area by sea, stopping to swim in caves and jump off cliffs into the clear Mediterranean water. Find the hut on the beach and sign up the day of for a boat trip, accommodating as many people as your party requires.

The bustling town has wonderful stores for the avid shopper. Be sure to find the handmade sandal stores and take the time to design and get a sandal built around your foot. What better story to tell people when they ask where you got your shoes?


CAPRI The charming island of Capri is completely walkable with only two towns, Capri and Anacapri. The moment you step foot on this breathtaking island you will understand why so many celebrities choose to buy a house here.

Leaving Capri is by the far the hardest part of the journey — it is easy to get lost in the splendor of this fantasyland.

The entrance is so small you have to lie in the bottom of the boat on your back to fit! The boat won’t enter on rough conditions because any waves can smack the boat upwards into the rock cave ceiling. Once in the grotto you will be in awe of the blue water, caused by sunlight passing through the seawater creating a blue reflection and illuminating the cave. Put your hand in the water and see how it appears to glow in the light.

Hop on a boat tour starting at the port of Marina Grande and take in the splendor from the sea. Feel like a movie star as you speed around the island used for countless photo shoots — recently, Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue fragrance commercial. Upon arrival at the sea cave, the Blue Grotto, a small wooden boat will row up to take you into the grotto for only 12.50 euro, or 8.50 euro if you are a student.

It is funny to think that this grotto used to be avoided because it was thought to be inhabited by witches and monsters!

57 After the boat tour, walk on the hairpin turns of Via Krupp to see breathtaking panoramic views, a switchback footpath connecting the Charterhouse of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Augustus. The path hugs the side of the cliff the entire way, giving you a continuously stunning view with each bend. Then, climb up to Anacapri and you can ride the chairlift to the top of Mt. Solaro for a 360 degree view of the island, the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius.

POMPEII No trip to the Amalfi Coast would be complete without a step into history at Pompeii, the fateful town frozen in time under six meters of volcanic lava and ash from an explosion by Mt. Vesuvius. The entrance fee is 11 euro, and you can opt to hire a tour guide or explore the site on your own.

FUN FACTS The Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape in 1997 The area is famous for its production of limoncello liquer Positano was featured prominently in the film Under the Tuscan Sun The Amalfi Coast was referenced in the Beyonce song, “Upgrade U� ft. Jay-Z Capri was the vacation hideaway of Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberiust


Venture magazine encompasses content focused around the abroad experience for young adults. Depicting budget travel through popular hostels,...


Venture magazine encompasses content focused around the abroad experience for young adults. Depicting budget travel through popular hostels,...