Ciao Firenze!

After an extra week of travelling, and a hectic rush to watch my brother graduate from Pitt, I am FINALLY back home …and boy, does it feel good. (I don’t think I have ever seen my dog happier.) My time in Florence was so special and will have a lasting impact on my life. I…

Top 3 Firenze

The semester is wrapping up and I have gone from depending on Google Maps to successfully giving directions to others – wait for it – in Italian! I have hosted friends and family from home and have gotten great reviews as a tour guide (just check on tripadvisor, tips not included). Here are my top…

Picturing my Life as a Florentine Resident

Wait– as if I’m not already pretending this is my permanent home? Everyday I walk around the city as if I own this place. I pass by tourists annoyed that they are invading my city… (like I don’t do the same). But truly, over these past few months I have grown so comfortable making a…

Spring Break in Europe on a Student Budget

During my time abroad, my attitude towards traveling outside of Italy has been to avoid squeezing in the big places on my bucket list into short weekend trips, and instead I could cover the “smaller” cities/countries of Europe that I may not necessarily make the flight from the US to visit alone, but are reasonable…

What I’ve Learned so Far…

I’ve been a resident of Florence for about two months now, so I can confidently say that I feel comfortable here. I may not be fluent in Italian yet, or know the ins-and-outs of the culture, but my Maps app has not been touched in a while, so I’d say that’s a great accomplishment! I…

Learning AND Teaching: The “Study” in “Study Abroad”

Wait- remember the “study” aspect of “study abroad”? As much fun as it is to be immersed a whole new culture, and even explore others on the weekends, I really do go to school- I even enjoy it. With the CAPA program I am taking two art classes: Oil Painting and Foundations of Drawing, as…

A Day in my Life

So, now that I’ve lived here for a few weeks, I have established somewhat of a daily pattern and route for my commute to school. My first class of the day is 9am (…which is early for me) so in the mornings I get up with the sun, get dressed, and then, I also like…

Arrivo alla mia nuova casa

After 2 flights, 12 hours of travel, and only 30 minutes of sleep, I gazed out plane window and the Cathedrale di Santa Maria caught my attention to remind of the beauty and adventure that lies ahead. I arrived in Florence one day before my program with CAPA started. My friends and I decided to…

This is Me | Questo Sono Io

Ciao! My name is Oriana Garcia and I am currently a junior studying Marketing with a certificate in Digital Media to tie in my artistic side with business strategies. I was born in Arlington, Texas, but after a couple of moves, my family settled “just outside of Philadelphia”. Both of my parents are from South…