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Week 2: Take Care of Yourself and the Planet 

As I am sitting at my favorite café called the Guillam Coffee House and writing this, let me tell you, I am really tired and feel a little dead inside. The excitement of being a new place and trying to do everything in one day really did not treat me well. So, my goal for ...

Pip Pip Cheerio from Bristol!

It may be only 1:45 am in my body but my mind is buzzing awake watching the sunrise out of the window on the plane. There’s a scene from my favorite childhood movie, The Parent Trap, where Halle looks out of her window as her plane approaches London as the song “There She Goes” by ...

Grocery Shopping In Rome

One of the first things we did after getting settled into our apartment was go grocery shopping. In my day to day life, I don’t typically take many risks and prefer to stick with what I’m comfortable with. However, this study abroad opportunity has already put me out of my comfort zone in ways that ...

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Planning Weekend Trips

While studying abroad it is normal to take weekend trips to places nearby. Before coming here I had a list of places I wanted to go that was filled with both well known must see destinations like Venice and Florence and recommendations from family and friends. Many people I know have already taken trips to ...

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What I Ate this weekend in the Amalfi Coast

If I had to choose three words to describe this past weekend, I would choose chaotic, charming, and not-vegan-friendly. I knew that traveling around Italy was not going to be the easiest thing, but I definitely overestimated the amount of food options that I would have available to me. This is not to say that ...

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Week 1: Am I Already Late?

People tell you that it is very exciting to visit a new country- you get to travel around, meet people, etc. But I tell you, the initial emotions are more than that- sometimes it can be stressful, it can be overwhelming, intimidating, and a lot of other scary things. But I have been in London ...

5 Culture Shocks of Life in Italy

Although I’ve only been in Rome for a few weeks, I have noticed many differences in my experiences in Italy versus the United States. In this post I will talk about 5 culture shocks that have stood out to me. While most of these I was somewhat aware of going into my time abroad, they ...

Ode to my study abroad friends

I was nervous to study abroad not knowing anyone beforehand. It felt like starting college all over again. But within the first 24 hours, I was confident that I had met some great people and that it was going to be a great trip. It was nice to have a group of people to push ...

Getting Settled In

I arrived in Rome, Italy on Thursday August 26th and I feel as though the fact that I am studying abroad didn’t set in until several hours after I arrived. I am living the life that my past self dreamed about and that my somewhat recent past self was spending every moment preparing for. A ...

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My last week in London

This last week in London has gone by very quickly. We had some final projects and exams to finish up, our return COVID tests to schedule, packing up our rooms. Between the not so fun responsibilities, we managed to squeeze in some nice things before heading home. We celebrated Cate’s 21st birthday, which was obviously ...