Tag: Daily life

5 Historic Sights I Walk by Every Day

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, and home of one the most powerful and wealthy families of Europe, the House of Medici. As such, it holds a plethora of historical and iconic buildings, thanks to the funding of the Medici, that are renowned around the world. As a huge fan of art history, I ...

A Daytrip to Ancient Fiesole

In Florence, you are constantly surrounded by beautiful Renaissance buildings, narrow streets, and busy shops. However, for those wanting a change of pace from the bustle of the touristic city, or those interested in another aspect of history, Fiesole is the perfect little village to take a day trip to. I recently visited this ancient ...

7 Essential Stores in Florence

With so many coffee shops and local marts everywhere you look in Florence, its difficult sometimes to weed out the good from the great. Either because of the quality of the goods, the ambience, or just the comfort of knowing they’ll always be there for me, some stores stand out to me for being an ...

10 Things Every Traveler Should Know About Florence

Florence is an amazing city, with history everywhere you go, important sites for Western art and culture, and beautiful that rivals any city in Italy. However, there are a lot of things in the daily life in Florence that a foreigner wouldn’t necessarily think about. Here are ten facts you should know before you travel ...

A First Taste of Florence

As newly arrived residents of Florence, some friends and I decided to do a self-guided walking tour one of us had found in a travel guidebook. We wanted to get a sense of what the city was like and start to learn how to get around the popular spots without feeling so lost.   We ...

Abroad on a Student Budget:

So before coming to Australia, I had heard that Sydney was an expensive city. I didn’t realize how true this actually  was until I checked my bank account three weeks into enjoying the city life. Since an Australian dollar is equivalent to .74 US dollars it is kind of hard to imagine the conversion on ...

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Cultures That Shock

Culture shock is “the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes” (Oxford University Press). Whether you’ve attended your pre-departure meeting with the Study Abroad Office, watched a few episodes of Rick Steves’ PBS documentary, or have seen that episode of ...