Pre-depature- #uafashioncapitals
May19

Pre-depature- #uafashioncapitals

I have wanted to study abroad ever since I began college, and the time is finally here! On Sunday I leave for New York City, and a week later our group will travel to London, Paris, and we will end in Milan. Our group is full of fashion majors, so of course we are visiting four of the biggest fashion cities around the world. I have prepared for this trip by researching some of the designer’s whose studios we will be visiting. I...

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Preparing to Tour Italy
May19

Preparing to Tour Italy

Apple pie, white picket fences, football, and the land of the free. This is some of the few basic American things I have experienced growing up in the United States. The closest thing to going out of the country I have experienced was driving over the one mile pond from my hometown in Detroit, MI to Canada when I was 8 years old. But over the coming weeks, I will not only be going to one place in Italy, but to almost 8 different...

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Time is Different Here
May19

Time is Different Here

From There to Here I am currently about halfway through my time here in Florence, Italy. It feels both as if I just arrived here yesterday and like I have been here for years. Before this experience I had never been to Europe. Now it feels just as familiar as my hometown. I have learned a lot about various cultures (Italy alone has 10 specific cultural identities) and a lot about myself. Though I am only halfway through, I have had...

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Saying Goodbye
May19

Saying Goodbye

The Places Today I walked past Santa Maria del Fiore (Il Duomo) after my last final. It previously stood as the pinnacle of where I wanted to be. Now, it is a pin on the map of my life. I will miss walking past the remnants of the Renaissance and living within eyesight of the resting place of some of the most brilliant people in history (Santa Croce). I’ll even miss this apartment which certainly doesn’t have the same...

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Weekends At Home
May19

Weekends At Home

When I first arrived in Italy, I was excited not only about being in Italy but I was equally thrilled about quick and cheap access to the rest of Europe. As most people do, I made quick friends and planned trips here and there whenever I could manage. I think I was more keen on traveling outside of Italy than I was on traveling within Italy. I figured I would spend Monday to Thursday in Italy and spend the weekends somewhere else....

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