Tag Archives: Italy

Get Comfortable with being Uncomfortable

This past week has been filled with firsts. My first week of classes, meeting new people, and even some first time food experiences. Reflecting on this week I have seen how much I am growing from this experience. This study abroad experience has pushed me way out of my comfort zone in every way possible. Continue reading

Adventure Makes Your Soul Rich

I have successfully finished my first week of classes here in Firenze at Lorenzo de’ Medici. What an awesome experience it has already been to receive a great education in another country. These classes have already elevated my study abroad experience. I am taking five courses including my italian course at LDM. I simply can’t pick just one specific course as my favorite because they all carry their own unique elements that excite me.

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First Feelings of Italy

Firenze, I have made it to you after anxious months of waiting, and I couldn’t be more in love with your breathtaking city and everything you have to offer. The long flights and hours of traveling were worth the arrival and experiences that occurred within my first week. I found myself missing family and friends during my travels which blocked my viewpoints on the wonderful opportunity I was about to endure for the following four months ahead. Luckily, upon my arrival I was quickly refocused. Continue reading

Firenze Firsts

My first week in Florence has been filled with overwhelming emotions. Happiness, excitement, and nerves to say the least. Moving to a different country for four months is a big change followed by lots of adjustments. These past seven days have flown by. I feel like just this morning I was saying “arrivederci” to my family and friends back home. Continue reading

And Just Like That, It’s Over

Now that I have been home for a few weeks, I can fully understand all my emotions related to leaving Italy and returning to America. After 4 months in the beautiful city, I was feeling quite at home.  I simply did not want to leave. I was having too much fun exploring and learning different things every day. I had just gotten a full dose of friends and family from thanksgiving break, and I truly felt like I could have stayed in Rome for another 4 months. Although there were things I missed about America, like hanging out with my friends, family, my dog, going to Chipotle and Target, I learned to live without them.

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A Few Final Thoughts

The last adventures of Florence have quickly come to an end. In the blink of an eye, our 3 and a half months are over. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity; for the things I have learned, places I’ve seen, people I have met. As I sat on the train, at the airport and eventually on the plane I had a huge amount of time to reflect on the semester. Continue reading

Ciao with a Change

I can’t believe it is actually coming to an end. A week from today I will already be back in America experiencing an entirely different type of culture shock. The only words I have to describe this? It’s bittersweet. Continue reading

A Time to be Grateful

Hey everyone, long time no blog. Yes, I know it has been a few weeks since I last updated you all about my adventures across the ocean. It has been absolutely insane. Over these past few weeks I have gone to London to visit Sydney and Victoria. I have wrote a lot of papers and have been starting final projects. We celebrated Friendsgiving and my 21st birthday. All of this happening while I had an awful cold! Continue reading

A Roman Thanksgiving: A Week Surrounded by Friends and Family

What are the chances of seeing your best friends from high school and college, cousins, and family all in the same week while you are studying abroad? My guess is pretty slim. Continue reading

The Eco-Friendly Lifestyle of the Dutch

This past weekend my friends and I took a weekend trip to Amsterdam. Our long two-day trip was filled to the brim with all of the ‘must see’ tourist spots. We toured of the Van Gogh, Heineken, and Anne Frank House museums. We touched all sides of history during our short visit to the beautiful city. Continue reading

Feeling the Roma Pride

Last week on Tuesday my friends, Tori and Riley, and I went to the Roma vs Chelsea championship soccer game. It was on Halloween night at the Stadio Olympico. We had all already been to a Roma soccer game, but this was going to be much different. The entire stadium was completely sold out. I mean of course it was, this was a championship game! I am not a huge soccer fan, but man, this was an experience of a lifetime.

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It’s the Simple Moments

During these past few months of being abroad I have learned that the smallest things in life become the best memories. I have reflected these past few days while having a relaxing long weekend due to the All Saints holiday and in between my trip to Monte Carlo and the Italian Riviera. Continue reading

Getting Spooky in Rome

With Halloween just around the corner, my roommate and I decided to get into the spirit by visiting some spooky sights here in Rome. Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday, and I was worried that here in Italy it would not be celebrated. To my surprise, when October hit, the streets of Rome started filling with decorative pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts. Living in a city with architecture and history dating as far back as 674 B.C. I knew there was going to be a lot of spooky places to explore. Continue reading

Fall Break Memories

It insane to think that in just a matter of days, other days will become distant memories. Some memories will fade into “I think we did that or we saw that”. Others will forever be in our hearts. You spend months looking forward and planning something and all of sudden in a blink of an eye, it is over. That for me will forever be my fall break in Europe. Continue reading

A Trip Up the Western Coast of Italy

This weekend was like nothing I have ever experienced, it was amazing, exciting, and relaxing all at the same time. My roommate Sandy and I decided to head up to Northern Italy to do some exploring. Continue reading