What I Realized my First Week Back

The Florence and London adventures are over and, after almost twenty-four hours of travel, I’m back home in the cornfields of Iowa. This first week back has been an adjustment, just like the first weeks abroad were. It’s a different kind, though, because I’m mostly readjusting to what used to be my normal. These are…

A Week in Two Lives

This past week, my friend Colin and I have been keeping track of our daily experiences. Although we live in the same flat and share a class, our day-to-day adventures sometimes take very different paths! Monday Amanda We visited the Hampton Court Palace today, a place where history comes alive in the form of actors…

Reviewing Theatre in London

As part of our theatre studies in London, each of the 10 students in my program reviewed one of the plays we’ve seen so far. While not all of the plays we’ve seen got reviewed, some got reviewed by more than one student, and, just like our opinions differ during in-class discussions, the reviews occasionally…

Escaping the City

It seems crazy that we’ve been in London for three weeks already. It feels like just yesterday our little group was leaving Florence for various spring break locations, and now we’re approaching midterms! We’re really enjoying the bustling city life, but as a pre-midterms stress relief, my friends Maud and Amber planned a day trip…

Weekends in Italy

My first half-semester in Florence was peppered with day trips and weekend excursions to other Italian towns. Each city has its own personality and distinct features. A few weekends my friends and I stayed in Florence, falling even more in love with our new home, but we really enjoyed “meeting” the other cities and getting…

Prisca

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated cats. Or, more accurately, I always thought they hated me. I’m a self-professed Dog Person who somehow always ends up friends with Cat People, unable to understand how they can love an animal that seemed apathetic toward me at best, and distrustful and hateful at worst….

€100 in Italy

Over the last two-ish weeks I have spent €100-ish. To be more exact, from January 20th to today, February 8th, I spent €100.55. I discovered I buy a lot of gelati. But honestly, who can blame me. January 20th, €16.70 Because it was a Saturday, my friends and I decided to take a day trip to…

Awkward Meal Moments in the First Three Weeks of my Homestay

One of my favorite parts of my program (London and Florence: Arts in Context) is that I get to live with an incredible host mom, Carmen, and her adorable little cat, Priska, while I’m in Italy. The only problem was that, at first, I couldn’t talk to them. Well, I could talk to Priska, but…

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…