La Pasqua (Easter) con la mia famiglia italiana!

This past Sunday was Easter in Florence, and it was the most exciting Easter I’ve ever experienced. I partook in Florence’s special Easter tradition Sunday morning and my roommate then had a magnificent Easter lunch with my Italian host mother.  Florence doesn’t have an Easter Bunny. Instead, Florence’s special Easter tradition is called the Scoppio…

Dove abito? Adesso a Firenze.

Ciao! Sono a Firenze per studiare la storia dell’arte e l’italiano! Florence is so different from London. Yet the process of having to  learn how to live in a while different city again feels a little bit deja vu because I am definitely applying my new survival skills from London here. I feel more confident,…

London Recap: 5 Random Things

London went by so fast! There was a lot that happened in there. When you’re in London, the city just keeps going on and on. Having made small trips to other UK cities such as Edinburgh, Bath, and Cardiff made me I realize just how big London was. All that time when we lived in…

A Week in the Life

Now that we’ve been here a few weeks, I will try to generalize our daily life! Midterms have ended, and finals are just around the corner. Instead of taking four courses over the course of a semester like I normally do back in Grinnell, here we are taking two courses in London and will be…

The Week of Shakespeare

ACM London & Florence–Week 2, Feb 6-12 Stratford-upon-Avon Where can you find the most majestic moss in the world? It might just be Shakespeare’s birthplace. I’ve never felt so surrounded by moss before–moss in every crevice, moss covering the tops of stone pillars like happy green hats–I feel like I’m being attacked by moss. And…

Eyes Unblinking

I could tell you about how my flatmates and I visited Kensington Palace on our own, how we went to Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands for our London as Visual Text course, or how in our Theatrical Spaces, Enduring Questions, Changeable Lives: theatre in London here and now we already seen two…

Metaphysics?

It has been a whole week that we’ve been here now, so it is time I give some of my impressions of culture in this place called London. I have let myself mull it over trying not to jump to conclusions because I know I am already biased by a notion UK culture that has…

Tower of London

ACM London & Florence: Day 4 Today Professor Kennedy gave us a tour of the Tower of London, a real castle (green space nearest its walls would have been a moat). It had a variety of defensive roles through the ages, from defense against outsiders to protecting a king from his own people. The castle…

Walking and Tubing

ACM London and Florence: Arts in Context 2017 Travelogue. Day 2 – 3 (Jan 29-30) If London had a literal “text” it might be this: These last few days we’ve been learning how to find our way around and use public transportation such as the Tube and bus. We were all given Oyster cards that…

Squidge

ACM London and Florence: Arts in Context 2017 Travelogue. Day 0.5 – 1 (Jan 27-28) Chicken or the Egg Hello! I’m the Communications Assistant for ACM London and Florence: Arts in Context program this spring 2017. Basically I will be providing photos and stories about our adventures this coming semester! This blog is for anyone to…