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Farewell, Florence

Dear Florence, Okay, I will admit it; you and I got off to a rough start. When I first met you, I didn’t like you at all. Now, granted, I was tired and jet lagged and burnt out on the idea of travel in general, but I must be frank. Florence, I misjudged you. You…

The approach towards the basilica was truly magnificent. It dominates the landscape and forcibly catches the eye.

Rome Part 2: Misspellings in the Vatican

On Friday morning, we all awoke bright and early and began our trek across Rome to visit another country: the Vatican. My shoulders and legs were incredibly sore from the day before, but loosened as our walk continued. Shortly before 9:30, we reached the street leading up to the Vatican. We had a private tour…

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Rome Part 1: When in Rome

On this past Thursday morning, I rose bright and early (despite a migraine that had rather put me off a couple of nights prior) and dressed, grabbing my backpack and heading with my delightful roommate to the Santa Maria Novella Station to get on a train to Rome. There are a lot sayings about Rome.…

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Verona

This week, it shall be, “Fair Verona, where we lay our scene”. And yes, that is a quotation from Romeo and Juliet, however its pretty clear that Shakespeare never visited Verona. ANYWAY! This past Saturday, my friend Aneesa and I went to Verona. I got up quite early (around 6) and made my way to…

A beautiful building and a funny sign.

Study Abroad and Stress

I feel that, most likely, no one will believe the following sentence: this has been the most relaxed semester of my college career. Aha! See! You are blinking in confusing, turning this way and that, scratching your head in befuddlement. “But Julia,” you are saying, “haven’t you talked about losing your luggage? What about the…

You would be walking along and suddenly come across a little canal, lined with boats of various sizes and shapes. It was surreal.

Venice

So I went to Venice this past weekend, which was as bizarre an experience as I had expected. Venice is one of those cities, like Paris or London, that is romanticized to the point of cliche. We all have an image in our heads of what our version of Venice looks like. I imagine those…

The Tuscan countryside.

Saturday Soundtrack

I am a music major, and as a music major I spend a lot of time thinking about music, humming, and sometimes singing quietly to myself. It probably comes off as profoundly creepy to other people. but what is really going is my brain creating a soundtrack for the situation I currently find myself in.…