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Silvio Berlusconi: “Rockstar of the Year”

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by Marirose Aleardi1 Comment

This was a great prompt to read as I sit on campus right after my second session of Italian Politics. Coming into the semester, I knew virtually nothing about how the Italian political system worked – let alone how it has transformed over the past hundred years. Furthermore, Italy is currently in the midst of their general election, sparking protests …

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A Racial Divide

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by Annie1 Comment

A friend of mine told me a story the other day that made my stomach churn. A black student studying in Florence this semester had been harassed by individuals on the street while walking to class during the first week. It had happened repeatedly and when she had reported it to NYU, both her and the school decided that it …

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#ItalyToo?: The Complex Identity Politics of Contemporary Italy, Explained by an Outsider

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by Tia1 Comment

TW: Harassment, cat-calling, victim shaming “First they put out, then they whine and pretend to regret it.”  This is an October 2017 headline from Italian newspaper Libero in response to the initial wave of allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, allegations that rocked the Western media and led to the downfall of dozens of men in entertainment, journalism, and politics.  But not …

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Communicating with the Culture

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Marirose AleardiLeave a Comment

One of the first assignments I had upon arriving in Florence forced me to contemplate this topic. Before getting started with Italian class, all students were required to read Dianne Hales’s “Mother Tongue.” The passage reflects how language evolves to become a part of a society. The way we speak entails so much more than words and sentence structure; it …

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Scusa…

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Andrew Cohen1 Comment

Part of me wishes that I saved last weeks story for this week. Much of what I had to say about language I expressed in last weeks piece. Although, I have found myself making strides since that encounter asking for a bus stop. When I wrote that piece, I had a sincere belief that my Italian would  become stagnant. Florence …

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Parli Inglese?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by AnnieLeave a Comment

After spending the weekend in Venice with two close friends, one of whom is in this class (Hey Marirose!) I feel that I have fully mastered the Italian accent. I’ve taken pride in being the one friend that has a sufficient understanding of the language after having taken Italian 1 last semester. Whenever my group of friends is lost or …

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Scusca, No Italiano!

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Tia1 Comment

I will come right out and say it now – I have taken being a native English speaker in an English speaking country for granted.  Growing up in Canada in a fourth-generation Canadian family, English was naturally my first language, and French my second.  No matter where I went in the country, I could communicate, or at the very least, …

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Befriending Florence

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Florence by Tia1 Comment

Feeling lost and being lost are very different experiences. As the resident ‘mom’ of every friend group I have ever had, I am always deferred to as the navigator and/or Google Maps operator. “You have your life together,” people tell me with a laugh, as I lead them to the grocery store and back again, cook for myself, read a …