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Holiday Blues

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 12. Free topic #2 by Sam1 Comment

I hadn’t really been stung by intense homesickness until around Halloween, and then when I started to think about how Thanksgiving was coming up. I love the holidays. Especially, especially the stretch of holidays from October to December. Halloween? The Best. Costumes are fun, and I will take any and all excuses to eat candy and run with it. Thanksgiving? …

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Appreciating Opportunities

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Sam1 Comment

E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View  tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young girl living in Europe around 1900. Lucy is traveling through Italy with her older cousin Charlotte acting as her companion and chaperone. The book opens as they arrive in Florence, and Lucy’s eagerness to explore the city and admire the art is extremely relatable, especially as …

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Tensions High in Italy

In Florence, 5. Political, The Art of Travel by Sam1 Comment

I’m going to be honest here, politics is not something I enjoy. I pay enough attention to maintain the necessary level of knowledge needed to make informed decisions and remain generally aware of current events. I am aware of the importance of staying informed and exercising my right to vote, and I did register for an absentee ballot for while …

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Confused, but Learning

In 3. Language, Florence, The Art of Travel by Sam1 Comment

I did try to prepare myself for this semester by using Duolingo, but I can’t say that I got very far. By the end of the summer, my knowledge of Italian was still very limited, restrained to a few present tense verbs and some vocab for food and animals. It’s definitely getting better now that classes have started and I’m …

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Still Lost 50% of the Time

In 2. Wayfinding, Florence, The Art of Travel by Sam1 Comment

It was our third day here, and we were going for a walk. Starting point: our apartment by the Duomo. Midpoint: the Ponte Vecchio. End goal: the Piazzale di Michelangelo. Two minutes into our walk Eryn (who is also in this class) said, “I’m think we’re supposed to go right here.” I replied with, “No, I’m 100% sure we have …