Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I Learned To Make a Crepe, So my life is Complete In Food, Culture, and Society, we whipped up “Crespelle Alla Fiorentina”, crepes Florentine style. Our crepes tasted like bland omelets, but so much better. I cannot wait to whip up a batch to fill with Nutella and share among ...

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Mostly Food Thoughts, Part 2

Finally, Sleep I started my day off with my Michelangelo run, adding a bridge to my route. I spent the rest of the day walking around Florence searching for travel advice for my trip to Munich. My cousin Mallori studied abroad in Prague and emphasized visiting a concentration camp while ...

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Croatia: Krka National Park

Krka At 7am the alarm went off and I lay paralyzed in bed. I had hit my head on the Moonwalk balance beam the day before and starting feeling the whiplash. Carefully getting up, my entire body ached from Saturday’s chaos.    At 8am, we boarded our bags and headed to ...

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Croatia: River Rafting Down the Cetina

Sedatives  The Bus2alps student tour guide agency meets at the Santa Maria train station for weekend departures. For the first time, I boarded a double decker bus filled with students from Florence and Rome. Headed to Split, Croatia, we traveled from 9am-9pm, bussing throughout the night watching Harry Potter and Blood ...

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Western Philosophy Xavier University’s Jesuit core curriculum requires 12 credit hours of Philosophy to graduate. Luckily, the Western Philosophy course offered at FUA is accredited for my core. I have a love hate relationship with philosophy classes, but hearing my Tuscan professor explain the theories of Ancient Greek philosophy, I ...

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Food, Culture, and Society

Off to “Class” I left the apartment 45 minutes early to assure I would find the Apicius Culinary school on time. During my route I dodged delivery tucks, resisted temptations from opening bakeries, and watched vendors set up lots. I don’t think I’ll mind this 20 minute commute. Food, Culture, ...

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Mostly Food Thoughts

Celebrating Labor Day   Classes officially started at FUA but Kenzie and I are lucky enough to have Mondays off. After six days of travel, orientation, and gelato, I was psyched to check out the school gym. Unfortunaly, it was very dissapointing. With only six cardio machines, Kenzie and I were ...

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Still Adjusting

More Orientation   Our alarms rang before our 10AM orientation for FUA (Florence University of the Arts). The classrooms hide inside apartment buildings including several outdoor courthouses. How do they expect students to learn in such a beautiful environment?   We received our final schedule: Tuesday: Food, Culture, and Society    ...

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The First 48

Not in Kansas Anymore   It took me a second to realize that I was indeed waking up in Florence and I wasn’t still dreaming. We had a walking tour scheduled at 10 am in front of the Duomo. I tried to hide the earpiece behind my hair to avoid looking ...

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Firenze!

Via de Neri   To be honest, I was not impressed during the drive from the airport. The buildings were average and covered in graffiti. But once our program director Lucia opened up the door of our apartment I stood still in shock. The size, decor, and amenities far exceed my ...

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