Here are some sights I explored on my visit to Siena. I also mention a few others I didn’t get the chance to see but would like to on my next trip. Make sure to check these places out if you find yourself in Siena.
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The transition from an American lifestyle to the Italian culture has challenged me in many ways, but most notably when it comes to eating. I noticed a drastic difference in my first couple of days in Florence, when my growling stomach had brought me to a restaurant at 6pm and the staff seemed as puzzled as I was looking at the empty seats. When I was handed a menu on my first night out to dinner, I was shocked to see that it is commonplace to receive two courses for dinner. Giddy with excitement, I ordered a pasta dish followed by a pizza – but eaters beware: take caution in what you order, pepperonis in Italy are spicy peppers, and what American’s think of pepperonis are “salamino picante (spicy salami).” I have also come to find...
Whether we’re in the U.S. or Italy, we’re often faced with the question, “Why did you pick Reggio Emilia” ?
In America, if you aren’t a preschool teacher, you probably have never even heard of this city. However, it is well-known for the Reggio Children educational approach by some early childhood educators.
In Italy, it’s known by those who appreciate the famous Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese.
But it has no large museums or churches and it’s not close to Tuscany or the lovely beaches of Italy — so why stay here?
We chose Reggio because of its convenient location for exploring Northern Italy.
We also wanted to stay in a town that was large enough to have some cultural activities and a decent la...
In the past month, the Eternal City has witnessed two unprecedented political developments, with the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and surprising electoral presence of Beppe Grillo. Both events speak of the changing nature of Rome’s governing bodies, and mark a pivotal point in the city’s history. It’s hard to ignore the electric atmosphere, with reporters flooding the Vatican and a noticeable spike in tourism. The times are a-changin’, and for those of us lucky enough to be here, we are witnessing history.
Don’t get me wrong, I had an amazing time abroad. It was exhilarating and challenging and rewarding and a whole bunch of other buzz words. Naturally some aspects of it went better than others, and my intention in this post is to help prospective study abroad students by letting them know what I would have done differently.