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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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Antibes

No Suit, No Problem Ending our French exploration in Antibes, we tumbled out the bus exhausted Sunday morning. The views along the port was not as impressive as Nice and Monaco, though our perspective changed once we entered the village. The Antibes market holds several textile stands in front of the ...

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Eze and Monaco

Scents, Sites, and Staples    Before departing for Eze, I withdrew money to purchase a cappuccino and the king of all pastries. Not quite a doughnut, not quite a croissant, this sweet loaf of bread filled with chocolate and cream was worth every calorie. I will never understand how the ...

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Nice, France

Very Nice Waking up early to shower from the overnight bus ride, I finally felt refreshed for our 10AM Old Town walking tour through Nice. Starting along Place Massena, we looked up at Jaume Plensa’s “Seven Statues”, representing the world’s joining communities. These sitting figures line the square and lead ...

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A Hot Moment in Galway

CommuteWe had two choices: a guided tour or the country side of Ireland, or Galway on our own. Here’s my final advice on traveling Europe: stick to a guide when you have limited transportation access.  At 11am we bused from Dublin to Galway, using public transportation. What could be a two ...

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Dublin Nightlife

Real Pub Food With a three hour flight and a one hour time change, we landed in Dublin at 8pm. Outside the airport a breath of Irish mist welcomed four Florentines. After a short wait in line for a cab, we anticipated riding on the left side for a change. Or as ...

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Dublin

Ladies and Gentlemen At 10:10 we departed the hostel with our tour guide David. Before starting, we stopped at a hotel to pick up more tourists. Waiting at the bar, a few men were drinking a Guinness. It wasn’t even 11AM… I love the Irish. My roommate and I hunted for an iced coffee ...

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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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Police, Gucci, Piercings and Sedatives

Popo Before starting my day I needed to finish up homework. I shot a short email to my PR professor before heading to the Carabinieri (police) to file a report for my lost Eurail pass that had mysteriously disappeared between steins in Munich. None of the officers spoke English at the closest ...

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Oktoberfest: Day 2

Wake Up Call At midnight, my hostel roommate entered the room and I popped up in bed, still dressed in my dirndl.”O my gosh! I’m so sorry! I’m Jenny! I arrived way later than planned!” Raz, my hostel roommate, just laughed and told me how to use the wifi downstairs to help ...

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Oktoberfest: Day 1

Lace Up Your Lederhosen After five anxious hours on the bus, we were ready to take over Oktoberfest. I ran off the bus with my pigtails in place and euros in hand, ready to buy a dirndl. About ten minutes from the train station, I walked into a costume store ...

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Prague Castle

Castle Tour Arriving an hour later than our scheduled day tour, we were all eager to see the Prague Castle Saturday morning. Our tour guide, Ivan, was extroverted, funny, and rude. He hi-fived elderly tourists during our walk up to the castle and complimented an Asian woman on her Hello Kitty. ...

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Prague

Czeching In Arriving two hours off schedule, our tour group picked up our room keys right before noon at the Czech Inn. Kenzie was the only person I knew going into the trip, but we were soon acquainted with our hostel roommates, Dena and Chelsea. They were from New England ...

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Cinque Terre

Five Islands 8am sharp, the ISA students boarded two buses en route to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre, meaning “five islands”, rests on the Eastern coast of Italy. We stayed in Levanto at Hotel Dora, only a short block from the beach. A group of us girls ate near the main square ...

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Venice

White Girl on the Run Dazed and confused, Kenzie wakes me up to ask when my bus leaves for Venice.  Me: “9, what time is it?” Kenzie: “8:45”   ….   Me: “S***!”   Panicking, shouting, and throwing on clothes, I asked Kenzie to message the trip leader, Tiernan, for ...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stressed Have you ever woken up with a sense of sadness? When my alarm rang, I felt a pain of remorse and treated myself to a donut before class.    It could have been the Concerta, it could have been the espresso, but during philosophy I became overwhelmed with concern ...

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SATC Goes To Florence

#moregelatoforjenny During Public Relations Strategies, I daydreamed about my possible careers. I am driven and ambitious, but completely lost as of where to start my adult life. After class, Gabbi, Sam and I checked out Swan Gym for a free day pass promoted by Bus2alps. With an ample amount of ...

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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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