Reflecting on My Semester Abroad

  Living, studying and working abroad has been an incredibly rewarding experience in which I have seen growth in myself personally and professionally. My internship at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum allowed me to interact with people from a number of different cultures every day, fostering great communication skills that I will undoubtedly apply in…

A Permanent Home in Florence

I’ve reached about the end of my semester at this point and it still doesn’t always feel like real life when I am out and about in my home here in Florence. I often find myself wondering if I could see myself staying here forever, and all things considered, there really aren’t many places in…

You Live and You Learn… a few insider travel tips

I’ve been doing my fair share of traveling around outside of Florence. While I have all of Europe pretty much at my fingertips, I’ve made a conscious effort to explore Italy specifically to see all that it has to offer. I just recently traveled outside of Italy for my spring break for the first time…

Florence Favorites and Advice

When I moved to Pittsburgh to start school I was blown away by the sights and offerings of the city. Now, here I am in Florence, Italy, so you can only imagine my reaction. When I first arrived here, every street left me in awe. Now that I am acclimated the initial shock has subsided,…

A Day at the Museum

My coworkers have made the transition to my international internship quite smooth. There are two managers at the museum I work at, one speaks limited English and the other none at all. My coworkers all speak enough English to talk to me which was extremely reassuring when I first began working. I knew what I…

Learning to Live Like a Local

Upon arrival at my apartment door on January 11th I could not imagine a day that I would be comfortable walking the streets of Florence by myself. I had this same feeling when I first arrived in Pittsburgh so I was familiar with the fact that it wouldn’t last, but it was still a nerve…

Looking Ahead at the Semester to Come

As I begin my semester abroad I have a few goals that I would like to achieve. First and foremost, I want to become comfortable speaking Italian with other Italians. After one week here I have found it difficult to speak with natives because they talk so much faster without having to think about it….

Ditched the School Bus for a Walk with a View

Getting to class and work each day feels quite similar to what I am used to back in Pittsburgh. My main mode of transportation is walking, and the city center is quite small compared to what I was expecting so the walks are generally not more than twenty minutes in any direction. In Pittsburgh, I…

Living Like a Florentine!

My first real adventure here in Florence was locating my apartment. This may seem simple to you, but it really was quite the adventure. A shuttle from the airport took my roommate and I to our street with the brief instruction of “straight ahead and it should be on your right at some point.” The two…