A Guide to Healthy Living in Florence, Italy

Keeping up a nutritious diet can be challenging while going abroad for several reasons. Not only is your diet changing as you’re exposed to new cuisines and cultures, but it can also be easy to get into a cycle of “treating yourself” to new treats. The purpose of this article is not to deter youContinue reading “A Guide to Healthy Living in Florence, Italy”

What I Wish I Knew Before Going Abroad

Nothing could have prepared me for my experience in Florence, because I never expected to feel that much at home in a foreign country, not knowing a single person on my trip. Was deciding to go one of the best decisions I’ve ever made? Undoubtedly yes – but that’s enough frosting on the cake. HereContinue reading “What I Wish I Knew Before Going Abroad”

Let’s Talk Pizza: Health Benefits and More

The freshness of Italian pizza does not compare to any American fare. Here’s everything you need to know about the pizza in Italy: How it’s made, why it’s healthy, and what you should try while you’re here. What’s better than a personal pizza? That’s how they do it here in Italy. When you order oneContinue reading “Let’s Talk Pizza: Health Benefits and More”

Academic Advice Abroad: What to Take?

“You’re taking a walking class?” a friend asked me one day. Wanderlust: The Physical and Emotional Art of Walking has been one of the most interesting courses I have taken while in Italy. Professor Lapo became my personal guide to discovering Florence on foot (Please, please, take this course). The cooking and cultural classes inContinue reading “Academic Advice Abroad: What to Take?”

Iced Coffee, Anyone? Where to Find American Fare Abroad

Grabbing an iced coffee at any time of day is one easy way to stand out as an American abroad, but for those who are worried about the lack of Dunkin’ Donuts while in Europe, this post is for you. Specifically to Florence, there are a few coffee shops that offer an iced cafe latteContinue reading “Iced Coffee, Anyone? Where to Find American Fare Abroad”

The Best Gelato Flavors to Try in Italy

Did you know that the city of Florence has 136 gelato shops? That’s given me more than enough opportunities to try lots of gelato in the past month and a half. I’ve tried some flavors that you won’t find in the states, and some that just do not compare to any American ice creams. 1.Continue reading “The Best Gelato Flavors to Try in Italy”

What It’s Like Being in Italy During a Pandemic

The streets of Florence are nowhere near as busy as they were a little over a year ago. As travel restrictions are still in effect around the world, there are little to no tourists in Italy. Students are the among the only ones allowed to fly in from the US. This has its pros andContinue reading “What It’s Like Being in Italy During a Pandemic”

The Underrated Gem of Italian Cuisine

What do you think of when you hear the words “Italian Cuisine?” If you’re thinking of anything other than the fresh, savory smell of a warm panino, I’m here to enlighten you. First, before you ask, it’s not a “panini.” Fun fact: the word “panini” is plural for “panino.” One panino, two panini. Americans useContinue reading “The Underrated Gem of Italian Cuisine”

Recipes: Traditional Italian Cooking in Florence

After an interminable two weeks of peering out my window into the streets of Florence, I finally got a taste of what home will be like for the next couple months. Just one day after the completion of my quarantine, I began a one week intensive course on Italian culture. This includes history, art andContinue reading “Recipes: Traditional Italian Cooking in Florence”

A Suitcase Abroad: What to Bring

Lift off: T-minus eleven days. It’s time to pack the empty suitcase that’s been sitting on the floor for weeks. I’ll be landing in Florence, Italy in just over a week, and I’ll bet it will be a little warmer than the northeastern coast of the US. Your first question probably is: How do IContinue reading “A Suitcase Abroad: What to Bring”