Berlin and Malta: The Final Stretch

19-05-17 Immediately following the conclusion of my academic program in Florence, I took a train to the airport and made my final journey. I chose Berlin for the history and I chose Malta for the beach. Berlin Berlin is rich in two things: kindness and history. I found the Germans to be incredibly kind, despite…

Ireland: Cliffs and Music

15-5-17 I know I’m way behind and I do sincerely apologize for that. However, now that I’m home I have speedy wifi so hopefully I can get these last few out to you relatively quickly. Dublin After my bit of time spent in Ireland, I’ve decided it was one of my, if not my absolute,…

London and Scotland: Tea and Trout

26-4-17 I am only just now posting about my trip to the UK because, as you may know, finals are right around the corner. I’ll be spending much more time here in Florence for the next bit of time, relishing every moment left in this life-changing city. London London, as anticipated, was quite cold and…

The Past 2 Weeks: The Italian Grand Tour

10-4-17 I am making the most of every moment here which means not much time is left for leisure or typing up a blog. I finally found some peace and a moderate level of quiet to sit and write. My recent adventures feature all of Italy, as well as my mom. Siena Siena, the historical…

“Let’s pretend we’re dancing in the street, in Barcelona”

22-3-17 Yes, the title of this entry is a lyric from Ed Sheeran’s new album that conveniently features a song about Barcelona, which rings true in my opinion. Midterms week has finally reared its ugly head. I believe I have done well so far despite the fact I flew to Barcelona this past weekend. I…

Venice: The Sinking City

14-3-17 After two incredible visits to Venice, I can confirm it is as charming as they say it is. There’s something about being surrounded by water and gondolas that hits a more pleasant chord than bustling streets full of Vespas. Interesting History Venice was formerly a powerful sort of empire, built on trade and petrified…

The Summits: Il Duomo & the Alps

10/3/17 I ascended to the summit of both my favorite cathedral and the Italian Alps. This is my account of climbing to the top of an incredible man-made structure, then climbing to the top of nature’s structure. Santa Maria del Fiore “Saint Mary of the Flowers” is more commonly known as Il Duomo. This cathedral…

2 Countries: Found in Translation

6-3-17 Can you have a conversation without words? “Certainly”, you say. With those you feel close to, most of your interaction is silent. However, I’m talking about entire conversations with a total stranger. Now imagine this stranger’s mother tongue is nothing like yours. The answer is still yes. I was surrounded by a language far different…

The City of Romulus and Ruins

  22-2-17 Being one of the oldest cities in the world, Rome had much to offer. Random sprouts of 1000 year old city could be found around every other corner. However, there are a lot more corners to be had in Rome than in Florence, which proved confusing at times. The city was built in…

Livorno & the Sea

20-2-17 For 20 euro (plus pastry cost) I explored Livorno. 12 hours before our departure I had no idea where I was to go. All I knew is I wanted, no, needed saltwater exposure. Being so far from my most familiar beaches of the panhandle of Florida, I was feeling a bit homesick. Can one…

Rains & Rails

10-2-17 Class began this week with scattered clouds and even more scattered classrooms. I trekked throughout the city to reach classrooms with names like Leonardo and Machiavelli, which seems fitting. I’m taking five courses: Consumer Behavior, Operations Management, World Religions, Elementary Italian, and Wine & Culture (taught by a man that is the definition of…

Buongiorno Firenze

My first few days here have been hectic and full of adventure already from boarding my first plane to Europe to asking a local for directions in Italian. Florence is home to astonishing structures and an eccentric culture. It’s shocking to go from plazas and strip malls to castles and cathedrals, but I’m certainly not…