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Sono triste – il tempo per dire “ciao” a Firenze è arrivato

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Florence, Places by AnjaliLeave a Comment

I can’t believe that this semester has reached its end. With all the ups and downs, it’s been a blast! Before I came to Florence, my Italian hairdresser and my Italian dentist both told me I would have the time of my life in Florence and that it would feel like home in no time. Despite feeling unsettled first and …

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It’s the Small Things that Count (Reaction: The Sixteen Pleasures)

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Florence by AnjaliLeave a Comment

I’m writing about my reaction to The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga. The title is what caught my attention and led to me choosing this book. The novel is about a young woman, Margot Harrington, who travels from Chicago to Italy to work with book restoration. Margot had spent a lot of time in Italy when she was younger, so …

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Nature is Art

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 9. Art & Place, Florence by Anjali1 Comment

There is no question that art is an integral aspect to Florence’s culture. From Renaissance art to fashion to architecture, this Italian city is rich in details and intricacies that make it uniquely and historically “Florentine”. A name that does not go unrecognized in relation to Florence is Michelangelo. Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor and architect who created world-famous structures …

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Squirrel Times

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Florence by Anjali1 Comment

“Our apartments — they average one hundred square meters (about one thousand square feet) — are our nests. Think of squirrels. They find a nice hole in a tree, fill it with provisions, and spend the winter there. We do the same. We surround ourselves with possessions, shut ourselves in behind security doors, and hunker down to listen to the …

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Palazzo Pitti, Piazza, Pisa, and (of course) Pizza and Pasta

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 3. Observing, Florence, Places by Anjali1 Comment

I’ve now been in Florence for almost a month. It simultaneously feels like I’ve been here forever and like I just got here. I still don’t know my way around the city, I’ve been without a smartphone for over a week, we’ve had another power outage and I’ve spent most of my weekends not even in Florence, but yet, it’s …