October 26, 2014

Aqueducts, Villa Borghese, Spanish Steps

This week for “At Home in Rome,” our teacher took us to the Roman aqueducts! The aqueducts were constructed in order to bring water into the city from distant sources. They supplied public baths, latrines, fountains, and private households. What I found particularly interesting was that in the 1950s, the aqueducts were occupied by poor […]

October 26, 2014

Chocolate and other happenings

Perugia Chocolate. Such a beautiful word. Just the promise of it can turn a bad day into a bearable one. Now imagine a festival dedicated to chocolate in all its shapes and forms. Well, that is exactly what Eurochocolate 2014 offered. I had always dreamed of attending one of these famous festivals in the city […]

October 26, 2014

Day Trips: My favorite mode of exploration

When you smell the sweet scent of cocoa, see colorful balloons dancing to the breeze, and find carefully sculpted chocolate figures, you know where you are: Europe’s biggest chocolate festival. Last weekend, my friends and I took a day trip to Perugia, which was hosting the 2014 Eurochocolate Festival. Home to hundreds of artisanal chocolate […]

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 […]

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