Throughout my studying abroad experience I was lucky enough to travel during the weekends to exotic locations. My first trip included a great group of friends and a seaside town called Portofino. This lively location had it all, rolling green hills, a beautiful seascape and vibrant architecture. The stacked buildings gently placed within the hills played off its surroundings with the use of a fun, and colorful scheme. I couldn’t help but look at the quaint town in admiration for the historic accomplishment of its effortless design. An exploration of the senses, this trip opened my eyes to how design can be inspired by ones surroundings.