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Dice “buonasera” non “arrivederci”

I always knew that this was going to be the hardest post to write.  Most people put off writing their final blog post or journal entry or scrapbook page for as long as possible because putting the words down on paper makes the experience officially over; but that’s not what’s kept me from writing this. … Continue reading »

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Seeing Italy as the Italians Do

One of the biggest Italian cliches (that’s totally actually true) is that everyone rides around on scooters EVERYWHERE.  There are about as many, if not more, scooters on the road as cars at any given time, especially if it’s sunny.  Scooters are a part of Italian life; they’re compact and perfect for navigating the slow-paced … Continue reading »

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Discovering Vesuvio

Throughout the Archaeology course that I’m taking this semester, our professor, Ilaria Tartiglia, has said the word “vesuvius” more times than I can or care to count.  When people think about the Vesuvius erupting, they think about the enormous, catastrophic event of 79 A.D. that destroyed Pompeii, along with the lesser known city of Herculaneum. … Continue reading »

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Buona Pasqua a Tutti

Pasqua is upon us and with it comes a whole slew of traditions and cultural norms that are far different than those that I’m used to.  In America, Easter has transformed from a sacred holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ to a day of chocolate and eggs and the giant bunny who hides them.  Don’t … Continue reading »

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La bellezza delle cose esiste nella mente di chi le osserva

Before the stress and studying of the last few weeks of the semester set in, my friend Nitsa and I decided to take one last trip out of Sorrento to Catania, Sicilia.  We both wanted to see Sicilia and decided that while we were in Italy, it only made sense to visit. Upon arriving in … Continue reading »

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In Lisbon

Starbucks.  11:40 a.m.  Orly International Airport, Paris, France. Haley runs in, a giddy grin on her face as she stops and searches the packed coffee shop for me.  I can see her mouthing the word “blonde, blonde, blonde…”  I’m about to call her name when she spots me and yells in my general direction: “DOYOUWANTTOGOTOLISBON?” … Continue reading »

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Cliches in Paris

Our arrival in Paris was less than smooth.  Catching our plane was in itself a rough task, as we arrived at the airport fifty-five minutes before take-off.  Once we arrived, we realized that the airport we flew into, Beauvais, is actually an hour and a half outside of the city of Paris.  Unfazed, we bought … Continue reading »

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At Home in Madrid

After a quick nap on the short plane ride from Barcelona to Madrid, my Dad’s friend from college, Elena, picked us up at the airport to take us to her house where we were staying.  On the way, we stopped at an enormous art museum called the Prado.  After a whirlwind tour of the majority … Continue reading »

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Buenos Dias, Barcelona

For spring break, I decided to travel to Barcelona, Madrid and Paris with two of my friends from Italy, Morgan and Haley.  It’s funny how once you travel around a bit, everything about it seems far easier and way less intimidating.  As we packed to leave, we were massively excited but not at all nervous.  … Continue reading »

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Napoli, Carnevale, e Molti Compiti

Surprise, surprise, I’m sick again, but I won’t let that stop me from recounting my last week here in Italy.  A few days ago, we had to go to Napoli as a giant group to get our Permesso di Soggiorno (Permit to Stay).  In Italy, in addition to a passport and a visa, you have … Continue reading »

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