I've been home for over a week now and I still can't wrap my head around how much these past four months have meant to me. There truly is no better time to travel than in college. With no permanent responsibilities or a full time job, there is more freedom at this point in my… Continue reading Final Thoughts
My friend and former roommate from Italy, Molly King, combined some clips from our time abroad into a short video. I hope you enjoy it!
Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) is a study abroad institution located in Florence, Italy. The school works closely with Iowa State University's study abroad center. Location: LdM is located right in the center of historical Florence; however, I was surprised to find out the institute doesn't have a central campus. All of the buildings with LdM classrooms,… Continue reading Life at Lorenzo
Florence holds rich history from the Italian Renaissance era, and all of the landmarks, churches and museums located around the city center are extremely popular for both locals and tourists. On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens some of its spectacular museums for free admission. My roommates and I didn't hesitate to take advantage of this. Accademia… Continue reading Florence For Free
With eight weeks down and only seven more to go, I've reached the halfway point of my semester abroad. I am having the absolute time of my life exploring other countries and immersing myself in the Italian culture. I don't want it to end! The Italian way of living is much different than in the… Continue reading Halfway Point
Fiesole, Italy - A small town located 30 minutes north of Florence is easy to travel to by bus. Lauren (one of my roommates) and I took a day trip to this quiet town to explore the hills of tuscany. Upon arrival, we stepped off the bus in the city's square, which was smaller than any… Continue reading Ancient Fiesole
Firenze leather markets are a must see. Every day, the vendors wheel in their wooden display carts (which I would imagine is a tough task considering the size of them) and display all their items in an extremely organized, but compact fashion. Each cart fits snug to one another, making room for a countless number of… Continue reading Everything Leather
Though I've only been here for a week, I have already learned so much about the city of Firenze (Florence). Between the shopping, weather, social norms, and food, the culture here is so much different from America. I've been enjoying every moment of it! The apartment is in a great location; right next to the… Continue reading Firenze At First Glance