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In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, Florence, 14. Tips by Bhavani PittiLeave a Comment

Study abroad is an experience that is unparalleled by any other college experience. One is plucked out of one’s familiar environment and let loose in a different country, often with a different and unfamiliar language and culture. Studying abroad might thus seem daunting and scary to many a wide-eyed undergrad. Prior to arriving in Florence, I had expectations and fantasies …

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In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, Florence, 11. Travails by Bhavani Pitti1 Comment

Oh boy, have I had painful experiences, misadventures, and ordeals when traveling. If I can remember correctly, I have mentioned some of these previously in my travel blogs. For the sake of this post, I will gather them together. I would say that my travel mishaps started in Rome. This occurred during my first weeks in Florence. At this point, …

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The Scent Of Pomodori

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, Florence, 10. Books (2) by Bhavani Pitti3 Comments

The novel Italy, A Love Story: Women Write About The Italian Experience by Camille Cusumano describes Italy from a perspective that I had previously not really considered examining. Of course, for example, Tuscany is visually appealing with its beautiful vegetation, gleaming river, intricate architecture and pleasant weather. Also, my stay in Florence has been pleasant to the ears insofar that …

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Oh Là Là, We Love Designer

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, Florence, 9. Art & Place by Bhavani Pitti1 Comment

A significant aspect of art in Florence is fashion. For example, Florence has been the Italian fashion company Salvatore Ferragamo’s home since 1928. Ferragamo was an Italian shoe designer and the founder of the Salvatore Ferragamo fashion company. He was very innovative, inspiring many shoe styles such as the wedge and cage heel. He worked with Hollywood stars in the …

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From Bubble to Bubble

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, Florence, 8. Bubble by Bhavani PittiLeave a Comment

NYU Florence represents a bubble to me. While being in a bubble can give one the feeling of being stuck, this bubble also represents home to me. “Bubbles” can have a negative connotation to some people because they imply a sort of shelter that shields one from any potentially unpleasant experiences, therefore not providing a “real world” experience or a …

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Mishaps, Communication, Logistics -> Travel

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, Florence, 7. Travel 2.0 by Bhavani Pitti1 Comment

Traveling might seem like a simple concept — you look up flights, trains, accommodation, and book. I thought traveling would be relatively easy and care-free prior to coming to Italy. However, it is not nearly as unproblematic as it seems. There is a lot of room for mistakes and complications when planning a trip. The first problem that comes with …

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Fermata Prenotata (Stop Requested!)

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

For my book, I selected La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind. Upon browsing the suggested titles, this book immediately piqued my interest as it seemed light-hearted, satirical, and real. When I read it, I discovered it was exactly what I had expected – it was honestly an interesting, entertaining, and very relatable read. One chapter that …

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La Natura Della Toscana

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 4. The Soul of a Place, Florence by Bhavani Pitti2 Comments

To me, what really captures the site I am studying at, Florence, is, the surrounding nature of its region, Tuscany, and Florence’s relaxed atmosphere. Call me a tree-hugger, but very little things are to me as therapeutic as lying in the grass, breathing in the fresh clean air, and staring holes into the sky, trees, and surrounding landscape. Whenever I …

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Non Parlo Italiano (Yet)

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 2. Languages, Florence by Bhavani Pitti1 Comment

Studying abroad in Florence, learning and speaking Italian is naturally an integral component to my abroad experience. Prior to coming here, I had not even remotely begun familiarizing myself with the Italian language, save for “ciao”, “grazie”, and “aiuto”, for “hi”, “thank you”, and “help”. I did not know, and still barely know, any basic verbs, prepositions, articles, or just …