October 20, 2014

Primavalle & Field Study

It has been a busy week here in Rome! Cynthia and I were given our official press badges, which allowed us to attend press conferences surrounding the Synod of Bishops; I was even there when they released the “working document” that has gotten so much media attention in the United States and all over the […]

October 20, 2014

The best experiences come as surprises

Somebody pinch me because my weekend at the Amalfi Coast must have been a dream. A few weekends ago I took a trip to one of the most unforgettable destinations. In the two days that I had at the Amalfi, I saw more than I could have imagined, ate the freshest meals, walked up more […]

October 9, 2014

Underground Napoli

Underground Napoli

My boss once joked, “If you return home with money after studying abroad, then you’re doing it wrong.” In other words, travel as much as you can, seize the opportunities, go out and see the world. Following this philosophy, I took a day trip to Napoli to explore the south of Italy on Saturday. Michael, […]

October 8, 2014

Making all kinds of friends in all kinds of places

Personalized Service…For Real Just like any other city, Rome has supermarkets, and one can do all their shopping at one of these establishments. However, by doing that, one misses out on a lot of fun. The way to do grocery shopping “Italian style” is to go to specific smaller markets for your different products and to […]

October 5, 2014

A different impression

A different impression

Gutentag! A trip to Germay? Check. A tour of Munich in a weekend? Check. Finding the in’s and outs of the German culture? Semi-check. Meeting my past expectations about Germans and Germany? Fail. This past weekend I got the chance to visit one of the countries I had dreamt about seeing my entire life. I […]

October 3, 2014

Cultural Immersion 101

Ask the Romans On Tuesday, Michael (a student from the Villanova program) and I were invited to dinner at the Salerno family’s home. The family of five was kind enough to prepare a Roman-styled dinner for us as a welcome for tutoring their children. This is a program that is arranged by Arcadia University that […]

September 30, 2014

First week at the Vatican and trip to Munich!

It’s now week four of being abroad, and my schedule has definitely picked up! Last week was the start of my internship at the Vatican– every time I get off the train to walk to work, I’m awed as I pass St. Peter’s Square. It’s amazing to be here and to work only a few meters […]

September 28, 2014

It’s all about the little things

“Sometimes you have to stop and just smell the roses.”   I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, and have been told this saying before. It wasn’t until I started to wander in the streets of Rome that I realized what it truly meant “to smell the roses.”   People find a […]

September 24, 2014

Two cities and a blackout

Electricity Living in Rome is certainly a fascinating experience. Hopefully with the past posts I have managed to convey part of my feelings of wonder towards this incredible city. Everything is different, at times in mind-boggling ways, and one must be open-minded for surprises because otherwise the charms of the city will easily become tedious […]

September 22, 2014

Rule #2: Never Cheat on Your Cheese Lady

Rule #2: Never Cheat on Your Cheese Lady Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. In my third week in Roma, in a moment of weakness, I bought packaged mozzarella from a supermarket… and I cheated on my cheese lady. Here is what I have learned about cheating: you trade in for a cheaper, lesser […]

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