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…

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,…

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…

My Favorite Trips

(Featured photo is Florence from Fiesole) Hi again, Last time I talked about all of the trips that I’ve taken while living in Italy along with all the things available to do in Florence. This week I’m going to share which places were my favorites. I’ll start off first with my only trip outside of…

Florence Top 3 – with Italy Traveling Tips

To begin, please know that there are endless things to do in Florence; there is something for everyone.  However, there are 3 places that you must see while here. Coming in at number 3 of my top 3 list, there is Le Cascine Park.  This is Florence’s largest park.  It is filled with trails, nature,…

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….