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Holly in Rome

Holly: Final Words

This study abroad experience has not only been educational but has also opened my eyes and taught me about embracing the differences of new countries and cultures, my eagerness to learn about the history of a country, the importance of putting effort towards learning the language of the culture you are in, and finally, about myself. I have learned that I am strong and independent for leaving my comfortable life in the States for a completely new country and culture. I would like to thank everyone who followed along with […]

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Holly: Last Few Days in Rome

If you can’t live longer, live deeper – Italian Proverb My last few days in Rome were bittersweet. For my final exam of my Italian Communications class, Sean took us to the Vatican Radio Station, to create a short segment about our work experience and then to the Vatican Television Station, where we were each able to talk about our study abroad experiences. It was incredible to be able to go into many places that only a select few have been to and to have such a lively and entertaining professor […]

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Holly: Birthday weekend

On April 20th, I celebrated my 21st birthday! The day started out with a mandatory field trip to a farm with our Sustainable Foods class. The farm that we went to was actually in Rome and I couldn’t believe that this wide stretch of land was hidden within the densely populated city of Rome. We learned about the farms’ organic and sustainable practices and got to see some of the cows and pigs. Although the smell of the farm wasn’t pleasant, it was very educational. After seeing the farm, we […]

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Holly: Last cooking course & Abruzzo visit

On Friday April 13th, we had our last cooking class for our Sustainable Foods class at Sergio’s house. This rainy, gloomy day provided the perfect atmosphere for staying inside and cooking. We began with our usual morning cornetto and caffe, and then really got going. We all separated into our groups and started to work on the 3 different dishes. One of the groups went to the stove-top to start frying the bread for our appetizer. While they busy with that, some of us started to work on the ragu […]

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Holly: 8 Essentials for European travel

Eight Essentials for Your European Excursions  Traveling throughout Europe for the past 3 months has taught me a lot about what is essential and what is unnecessary. I find it important to share this new acquired wisdom with the rest of the world to aid with pre-packing hassles. 1. Hand Sanitizer Hand Sanitizer  From Italians picking their noses and wiping it on the walls of the buses to sneezing directly on the hand poles of the tram, every square meter of Italy is crying out to be cleansed. Rome’s trams, buses, and […]

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Holly: Stuffed students—cuisine, culture, chicken hearts

In late March, all of us went to our second cooking class for my Sustainable Foods class at our professor’s (Sergio) house. During this cooking extravaganza, we focused on the region of Tuscany. We started off the early morning with our routine cafe and cornetto on Sergio’s garden terrace. After waking up a little bit, we got going on the cooking. Fiore, who helps Sergio with the class, split us into three different groups and each group would be making a different Tuscan course. Our professor, Sergio, and a few […]

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Holly: Weekend in Southern Italy

On Friday March 16th, our program (UMN, Colorado, and a few of the visiting faculty ) went on a day trip to Pompeii and Naples. We left our houses very early in the morning to be able to meet at Termini Station by 7am. Watching the lush Italian countryside flash by through the glass window from the comforts of my train seat was the highlight of the journey there. Once we arrived in Pompeii, one of the professors, Pia Kehl, took charge and taught us everything she could fit in […]

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Holly: In the Vatican Gardens

Just before I left for Spring Break, I was privileged to be able to go into the Vatican Gardens with my Italian Communications class and my enthusiastic teacher, Sean Patrick Lovett. As you may or may not know, the Vatican Gardens are off-limits to tourists and to citizens of Italy. Vatican Citizens Vatican City is considered its own country so the only people that are permitted in are the employees and citizens of Vatican City. When we entered, Swiss guards immediately stopped us and checked Sean’s papers to confirm that […]

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Holly: Barcelona!

In late February I went with school on a study tour to Barcelona! Early Thursday morning, we flew out of Rome on AliItalia Airlines. We arrived in Barcelona around 11AM and immediately checked into our beautiful four star hotel. After checking in and grabbing a quick bite to eat at a local restaurant, we went on a 4 hour walking tour of Barcelona with a local guide who spoke English. We began at the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Eulalia and made our way all the way through the city. We […]

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Holly: Cooking classes and Venice

Two weeks ago on Friday (2/10), I had my first of three cooking classes for my Food and Sustainability class. Each of the cooking classes focus on a different region in Italy so for this specific class we focused on Naples and Neapolitan cooking. Our class is taught by Prof. Sergio Rufini, a hilarious, older Italian man whose thoughts are all over the place, but we enjoy him anyways. We all met in Campo de Fiori (a square nearby my school) at 8:30AM. First, we dropped by a local shop to get […]

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Holly: Roma vs. Milan game

Football (also known as Soccer to Americans) is a very important part of Italian culture. It isn’t just a sport, it’s a tradition. Although I am not a huge soccer fan, I found it important to be able to experience an Italian soccer game while living in Rome. The Accent Center ended up planning a game for us to attend and I jumped at the opportunity. How many times would I be able to go to a Roman soccer game and live it up like the locals? This Rome vs. […]

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Holly: First week in Rome

  This first week has been pretty good. I’m still adjusting to living here but so far the weather is decent and the coffee is good so that is all that matters. Monday: I had a class called Community Engagement from 845AM-1145AM. This class takes a very hands-on approach to learning and we have to learn a lot about the communities within Rome and the different cultural dynamics to the city. After this class, we all had to attend a mandatory session to fill out these sheets that lets us […]

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Holly: 3 long orientation days

Friday:  So after sleeping very comfortably in my little pink room, I managed to wake up in time to eat breakfast with Signora Barbato. I had a small cup of caffè latte along with some biscuits (for the beverage) and a yogurt. Afterwards, I threw on my clothes and was ready to go to school. It was too early in the morning to totally comprehend everything she was telling me but somehow I figured out that she was leading me downstairs to the little garage where her little blue car […]

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Holly: Arrival in Rome

Okay, so from the beginning. My US Airways flight left from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday, January 18th at 12PM. It was a very quick one and went from MKE to Philadelphia. I spent most of the flight reading those magazines that are stuffed into the pouch in front of your seat so in other words US Airways magazine and Sky Mall. 2 hours passed by and before I knew it, we were landing in Philly. I had a 3 hour layover so I grabbed some food, sat down, and Skyped/called […]

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Holly: Checklist

January 18, 2012. 91 days. That is the day that I take off from Milwaukee, WI, USA and head to Rome, Italy. It seems a long way off but I just know that it is going to creep up quickly. Especially since now almost all pre-departure items are turned in and complete! Next week I have my orientation and I am really excited to meet the other kids that will be going to Rome as well! I have already made a list of things I MUST complete while in Italy (’cause how many […]

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