My first European adventure took me across Italy in a two week excursion, visiting Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Rome, Sorrento, and Capri. I tried my hardest to learn as much Italian over the course of a year before the trip, mastering phrases like "Dove la stazione ferroviaria?" (Where is the train station?), names of foods, and the most important phrase: "Si, voglio il vino rosso" (Yes, I would like the red wine). The friend I was traveling with happily ate pastries and gelato while I snapped pictures to bring back with me—the ultimate souvenir. Okay...maybe the bottle of Tuscan red wine I brought back was the ultimate souvenir, but sights I captured were just as delectable.