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…

48 Hours in Helsinki

In a serendipitous chain of events, my dad was in Helsinki, so I was able to visit him for a weekend. To avoid missing class, I booked a trip that arrived at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and left at 6:00 a.m. on Monday. It was a tight deadline, but we were able to pack a…

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…

Train Traveling Guide

This summer as I study abroad at the University of Cambridge, having a home-base close to London has been extremely convenient! I have never been to the UK, so this was a great time to take weekend and day trips to many new places. My main suggestion is, if you’re in the UK for a…

London Trip!

A group from my study abroad program decided to stay a few off days in London, and we had a blast! We stayed at a hotel in St. Giles, and quickly became familiar with the Soho area. This was definitely a nice area to stay, close to the West End, restaurants, and a convenient tube…

Cambridge: New Old Routines

After being on my study abroad experience for a full week, I can say that the most important thing to experiencing the new–while not completely letting go of everything familiar–is to find old routines from your life at home and adapt them to your new environment. For me, this routine was running. At home I…

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,…

My Trip to Mykonos!!

I knew that if I were to ever go to Italy, I would also have to make a stop in Greece. For our last weekend abroad, my roommates and I decided to travel to Greece. We chose Mykonos- a beautiful island located in the Cyclades group. I arrived in Greece at 5 am. You’re probably thinking…

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…