My Barcelona Mom
Aug09

My Barcelona Mom

When I decided to go abroad, my program offered me three different options for housing: residence, host family, or apartment. A good friend of mine studied abroad the semester before and encouraged me to do a host family. I figured a host family would be the easiest way to fully immerse myself in the culture. So I took a leap of faith a signed up for a host family. We were advised to bring them a small gift, something with our home...

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See You Later, Barcelona!
Aug01

See You Later, Barcelona!

Yesterday, I had to pack up what had been home for six weeks and say my good-byes. Now, I am sitting on a plane heading back to Alabama. It is a little bittersweet as I hated to leave, but I can’t wait to see all my people back home. So here is my run-down for the past six weeks. I love Barcelona and the memories it gave me. I started my journey for my Spanish minor and I learned so much about the language from my teachers and host...

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Farewell to the city of the infamous gelato!
Jul11

Farewell to the city of the infamous gelato!

See ya later Florence, Italy! My time in Florence has ended, and I am now back in the States. While over in Florence, I was asked a plentiful number of times “do I miss my country?” or “am I going to miss Italy?”. After thinking about the two the answer is yes to both. While in Italy I missed being able to cook and strangely I missed driving. Now, the reason behind it did not have anything with being lazy, but I just missed driving...

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A magical garden – Villa Gamberaia!!
Jun17

A magical garden – Villa Gamberaia!!

Need to get away from the city? The city of Florence and the country side of Florence are two very different regions. One region you have tons of tourists, it is overpopulated, and then you have the same street vendors trying to sell you items every corner you turn. Do not get me wrong, the city is beautiful and a marvelous time, however, if you want to visit somewhere that is relaxing and uncongested visit Villa Gamberaia, in...

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Florence, the city of exquisite scenery!
Jun14

Florence, the city of exquisite scenery!

What I fell in love with first! I have to be honest, arriving in Florence, Italy was nerve-racking at first. From my luggage still being in Paris, forgetting to get euros out of the ATM, and not being able to get into my home stay house, it was a rough first day. I cried my eyes out on my first day here, however, all of that is in the past and I am now living my best life. The first aspect I fell in love with is the exquisite scenery....

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honey, i’m home
May23

honey, i’m home

Sadly, my journey abroad has come to an end, and after a long eleven hour flight home, it still doesn’t even feel real. Initially, the first thoughts going through my head were all positive and I could not wait to be home, see my friends, and eat the food that I had been missing for four months. Of course, I missed Florence and all of the incredible people that I met there, but I am sure that I will be back and definitely stay...

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