Ciao Ciao for Now

If I were to describe my international experience using only one word, the one most fitting would have to be ‘fulfilling.’ And it was, in every way. Broken down into three parts, after my semester of exploring Italy and other European countries, I see fulfillment and growth in myself academically, professionally, and personally. Academically, I…

Big Plans and Lack Thereof

If I could write a letter to myself before my semester in Europe, there are a few helpful tips and words of encouragement that I would be sure to include. And who knows, maybe those same tips and words could help someone in the future that happens to be reading this blog. So, here goes,…

Top 3 Firenze

In Pittsburgh, I work as a tour guide, for both the university and the city itself. And, since being hired, I’ve always made the joke – “I was born a tour guide, only now I get paid for it.” I’ve found that in Europe I’m no different. My roommates will make jokes when I map…

Grand Tour

For spring break this semester, my roommates and I wanted to take full advantage of the ease of interEuropean travel. And, with it being the first time Emily and I had been to Europe at all, we wanted to see as much as we could in just that one, free week. So, one night, without…

To the Heart, From the Stomach

My internship this semester is with Eataly – a company that many of my friends are and were familiar with because of the two New York City locations. Though, having not been to New York more than twice, it was still very new to me when I first started. I have come to learn, though,…

Three Lessons Learned

Looking back on the first few weeks of my semester in Italy, I realize that I’ve already learned so much about my new home, my old home, and myself. The lessons that I’ve learned about these things are not only the three biggest takeaways of my time abroad so far, but also my three favorite….

Trains vs Planes

My daily commute to school can be summed up as a 25 minute stroll across the width of the center of Florence. I step out of my apartment building right onto the Arno, and usually the first Florentines I see are those rowing down the river each day. (Actually, the street name “Lungarno” is a…

Vivere su Lungarno Vespucci

My own room! I would be grateful to share a room with ten or more roommates – as long as I was still living in a city as beautiful as Florence. And, I’m no stranger to roommates, being one of seven kids at home. But somehow, not only am I lucky enough to be here,…

Ama la Vita

Ciao!   My name is Aubrey O’Leary and I am now a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, I am pursuing degrees in both PittBusiness and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences – majoring in accounting, finance, and politics & philosophy. Professionally, I work as a Pathfinder on campus, giving various tours to…