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…