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My “Last” Day in Firenze

Two years ago I stood beside the Santa Maria Novella train station, distressed against my luggage, crying into my cup of stracciatella gelato. It was my last hour in Florence after four months of living in utopia. While my short-lived roommates looked forward to this day, I refused to believe ...

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That One Time In Italy

Firenze, the host of the Renaissance, the Medici dynasty and Michelangelo’s David. For centuries artists have flocked to Florence to collaborate, inspire, and gain recognition. Today, the streets of the Tuscan town continue to ravish in its traditional beauty. Despite the scaffolding, gypsies, and crowded tour groups; Florence never disappoints. ...

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Bolzano

Biking Bolzano With included spas and breakfast buffets, Mom did alright booking the Stadt Hotel in Bolzano. Wednesday morning started with mimosas, strudel, and fresh fruit before our bike ride. What a ride it was. We passed hundreds of Italians biking and jogging on this calm, cloudy morning up to ...

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Rome

Early Thursday morning, rain poured down the streets of Florence and a flashback of yesterday’s dreadful walk from the train station appeared in my head. Two hours south, Rome welcomed us with warmer weather and overcast. Past the platforms a mall of stores and restaurants towered our path leaving the ...

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A Day on a Train

During our last hours with Gerlind, Walter, and Tim, we opened up Dad’s blood sausage at breakfast with our croissants and homemade jam. By noon us Martins were on our way to the train station after several hugs, thank-yous, and goodbyes. The train to Salzburg left at 1:10. We hustled ...

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Midterms in Italy

I had two choices this past weekend: 1.Take the refund from my cancelled trip to Budapest2. TravelI took the latter. To make up for my lost study time, I devoted all of Monday to my notes. This idea lasted until I ran up to Piazza Michelangelo, shopped for a leather ...

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Pompeii

Ruins Sunday morning we departed from the hostel to visit the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. For £20, we could purchase a wristband for a guided tour throughout the preserved town. I unknowingly bought the wristband on Friday, thinking it was my pass to cliff jump. However, I would have ...

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Positano

Italian Style After noticing I awoke in the wrong hostel, I cleaned up and carried on. Around 11am, we walked a hefty trek to town. Before laying out, I bought a much needed cover up. In the store, the sweet Italian woman insisted on taking in my dress. “I sew with my ...

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Capri

Bus Rides 2:45am: Our tour bus arrived to Hostel 7 in Sorrento. Luckily the Snuggie I acquired near Rome aided my sleep on the bus throughout the night. By 8am, 170 students from Florence, Rome, and Barcelona boarded a ferry to the island of Capri.    World Wonders From one ...

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More Food In Eataly

The Wrath of Oktoberfest I woke up with a headache, nausea, and dry mouth. At least I wasn’t in my dirndl. After a liter of water and some multi-vitamins, I started feeling better and made my way to cooking class.   Chef Boyardee Ain’t got Nothin On Me   Today’s ...

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