Why every twenty-something should travel to a new city alone

This month, I took a big venture and accepted the opportunity of a lifetime. With just three weeks to plan, I decided to travel solo to NEW YORK CITY for an affordable, future-related offer I could not resist (more details on that, in an upcoming post). I’ll admit, in the busy weeks leading up to the trip, I was entirely stressed and freaked out. I booked my flights from LA at …

A Time to Say Goodbye

Written by Allyson Escobar for her Lolo (Grandpa) Pete Lagrosa. Throughout his life, Pedro “Pete” Lagrosa, 81, has always cared for others. He admires the Italian saints Padre Pio, St. Peregrine, and St. Francis of Assisi for their qualities of courage, devotion, and sympathy for people everywhere. Wanting to pray and follow in their holy footsteps, Pete was determined to visit the final resting places of these beloved saints in June …

Back to Los Angeles

My two-week experience in Italy has been nothing short of amazing. Not only was it my first time in Europe, but it was also my first time traveling with my family and not my usual LMU-chaperoned group. We came with plans, but no set agenda. We had a list of must-see places and pilgrimage spots, churches, shrines, and famous sites, and we were able to see all of those, plus more. We …

The Pope’s Angelus

“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.” – Pope Francis (Lumen Fidei, June 29, …

When in Rome… Roam

Here’s the thing I’ve discovered after two weeks in Italy: in order to truly discover a place, you must be willing to roam. (& in a city like Rome, literally.) I mean that in every sense of the word: walking, following a map or smartphone GPS, getting on a segway or bike tour, whatever tickles your fancy. But it HAS to be on foot. Sure, you can take all the tour buses …