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Metro North

In two days I will have officially been living in Purchase, New York for a month now. It’s about two minutes from White Plains, 3 from Armonk and 5 from the state of Connecticut. All that information to explain that I’m still learning the area, but I think it’s considered “metro New York” for lack… Read more »

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Travel Dreams

Hello all, Well, I’m no longer in Italy – I haven’t been for over three months now – yet even after 5 months abroad with countless opportunities to travel seized, it’s still on my mind. How does one come back from one world and re-assimilate to the “real” world? When is it socially acceptable to go… Read more »

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Florence Blizzard 2010 and the End of a Dream

My last few days of Florence can be called a lot of things if not interesting. Beautiful, stressful, bittersweet, chaotic. With a surprise visit (belated birthday gift) from a good friend on Thursday and my last final of the quarter on Friday I had very little time to pack everything and make sure the apartment… Read more »

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The People of Italy

The title lends itself instantly to stereotypes of Italians: which ones I find true and which are off base, or generalizations I’ve created myself during my time here (everyone does it, even if you try not to.) There are characteristics of Italians that can be grating, as with any culture, and I had one friend… Read more »

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“Prendi Pure Il Primo e Secondo…”

Italian Food. Sweet, delicious, decadent Italian food.  I think my friend put it best when, while having a discussion about all the types of food he exclaimed: “I’m Italian, we have the best food in the world! Why would I want to eat any other type of food?!” I could hardly argue with him there as the… Read more »

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Prague & Berlin!

My fall break is officially over. Now I start a new level of Italian and also my volunteering in an Italian middle school. Thank God for All Saints Day, a national holiday here in Italy and an excellent cushion day between traveling and school. I finished laundry, caught up with friends and family, went to… Read more »

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Not All Things Go According to Plan, and That’s Ok

I’ve taken many, many trains since I’ve arrived in Italy. I’ve taken enough trains that I can honestly say I feel pretty confident at navigating the stations, despite the difficulties that can arise dealing with different languages, platform changes and crowds of equally confused people. Despite this, last weekend I missed my train. I spent… Read more »

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Benvenuti in Italia!

Years of dreaming, months of planning, days counted down and a 9 hour plane ride later and I finally made it to Italy!!! I’ve wanted to study in Italy since I was a little girl. Search through old journals of mine from elementary school and you’ll find things such as “Someday I’m going to go… Read more »

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Leap and The Net Will Appear

Ciao ragazzi! Before I dive in and start describing my adventures in Italy, I’d like to explain my choice of username and header, both of which come from songs of one of my favorite artists, Jason Mraz. I know the URL “Falling all over the world” easily applies to the content of this blog–my experiences… Read more »