Category Archives: Italy

5 Ways to Fail Your Study Abroad in Florence

1) Never leave your apartment So studying abroad is harder than you expected. Navigating the streets, the language and the rain is exhausting. It’s better to just stay inside, right? Looking back on my study abroad experience, I’m shocked at how … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mr Nutella

Michele Ferrero, owner and founder of the namesake Ferrero confectionary group, passed away February 14 at the age of 89. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems appropriate that the man who brought us Nutella would pass away on Valentine’s … Continue reading

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Study Abroad in Italy: Florence vs Milan

In 2010 I moved to Florence, Italy for a semester abroad. That is how it all started for me. Five years later I’m back, celebrating my two year anniversary with Italy and gearing up for my two year anniversary with my Italian … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Love in Italy

Italy is a land of love. From the balconies of Verona (the Italian city of Love), the canals of Venice, the grottos of southern Italy or simply the park near my back yard, the land is just damn romantic. It’s … Continue reading

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Winter in Northern Italy, a New Narrative

Annals of literature associate winter with hardship, depression and even fear. It’s a time to stock up, grit our teeth and hold out against the difficult season. It’s our melancholy spirit, muted like laughter against the snow. We see winter as something to be tolerated until that first burst … Continue reading

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Teaching English in Italy: An Irreverent Guide

I teach English in Italy. I also teach in English in Italy, but I’ll explain that later. Most Americans my age come from a lifetime of following a direct path: preschool, school, sports, friends, college. It seems that lately that train that has since … Continue reading

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No Vacation, or Why Americans Don’t Travel

Italians get one hundred billion paid vacation days per year. That’s not counting national holidays (which of course include those of the Catholic Church as well) nor the entire month of August, which Italians get off for a month-long “it’s … Continue reading

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