Italy: Navigating Navigli

The libraries in Milan are closed on Sunday, so to take a break from midterm studying, I embraced the warm weather and went shopping. The last Sunday of every month, the Navigli neighborhood near my home hosts a vintage market. “Naviglio” actually means canal in Italian, which is an accurate descriptor for this area. Milan’s…

Italy: Language Learning

As a student minoring in Italian, one of my focuses this semester has been to strengthen my proficiency in the language. I’m taking an Italian language course while I’m here, but this has only been a part of my education. Here are the places where I have gained most of my everyday knowledge about Italian…

Italy: Eat Like a Pro

One of the classes I am most eager to take this semester is called “The Discovery of Italy through its Culinary Traditions.” The class meets twice a week, once for an in-class lesson about the history and culture behind Italian food and once for a cooking lab practical in the cafeteria. We’ll learn about food…

Italy: The Dos and Don’ts of Weekend Trips

I chose to study in Milan largely because of its proximity to other European cities and access to a well-connected airport. Last week, I visited my friend Belle, who had moved to Brussels at the beginning of the year to work as an au pair. As I planned this trip and my upcoming excursions this…

Italy: Meeting Milan

Hello! This semester, I am studying International Relations and Italian in Milan. My classes don’t start until September 17th, but I’ve been using these weeks to attend orientation, perfect my Italian, and explore my new home. My university, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, partnered me with a current student before I even arrived in Italy,…

Leaving Italy

After spending six wonderful weeks in Italy, it was finally time to return back to the States. To say I was sad, would be an understatement. Never again, will I have the opportunity to live in a different country and embrace myself into the culture. Although my study abroad trip was on the shorter side,…

Italy: Public Transportation While Abroad

A learning curve while studying abroad definitely consists of using public transportation. Our first few days in Rome consisted of walking 30+ minutes to campus and the downtown area several times a day- very tiring if you couldn’t guess. After a few days, we were taught how to use the trams! The trams bring us…

Summers in Italy

Summers in Italy are hot! Weekend trips to the beach are a must! There are so many beaches in Italy, but the Amalfi coast is definitely one of the most popular. And I totally understand why. The Amalfi coast has so much to offer and its close location to the island of Capri also makes…

Italy: What To Do In Florence

There are so many things to do in Florence, Italy. My roommates and I traveled there and had no idea what to do in just 2 days. Here are my top recommendations! 1. The Duomo The Duomo is a must! This gorgeous cathedral has so much to offer, but be prepared to wait in line….

Florence: The End

It’s sad to say that my time in Florence has ended. Looking back, I will always remember the people I met and the places I went. Six weeks went by so fast. My last weekend was spent with my roommates in Amalfi Coast. We went on boat tours and swam through caves, explored Pompeii and…

Florence: Classes Abroad

I figured it’s high time I wrote about taking classes abroad. Let’s be real, everyone is going abroad for one reason: to be abroad! However, studying should be a top priority if you are in a study abroad program. Classes can also make your study abroad experience so much more gratifying. I’ve learned so much…