Columbus Day is approaching, and it has me asking, “Why are we still celebrating this?” Every second Monday of October, the United States has a federal holiday that only an assortment of schools and businesses actually observe. But let’s be real, why do we still celebrate this holiday? Its named after a man whose greatest […]

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Perhaps one of the most frustrating and unyieldingly irksome aspects of the study abroad experience in Europe is travel. Travel in Europe seems to be guided by Murphy’s Law: what can go wrong will go wrong. Such has been the case for me all around Europe. Just two weeks ago, my friends and I found […]

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Perhaps the most daunting aspect of my study abroad program before I arrived in Italy was the idea of the homestay experience. I am by no means a neat person. I like to play music in the mornings and to sing in the shower. The idea of intruding on someone’s family and home scared me […]

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Midterms here at BU Padua finally ended on Friday, coming to a close with a weekend group trip to Italy’s most famous city, Rome. It is not everyday that a week’s worth of studying and testing is rewarded with a beautiful trip to an amazing city. The temptation to be distracted or to procrastinate is […]

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Most college students, including myself, study abroad in search of new experiences. Under the broad category of new experiences, there are also strange experiences. One such strange experience happened this week as I was sitting in a café in Padua. A 20-something-year-old woman came in with a leafy wreath and a pillow-sized fake boob hanging […]

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As my Instagram followers know well, my favorite part of the day is breakfast. I have posted more photos of my breakfasts from Italy than is palatable (see what I did there?), and that is by Instagram standards. My favorite part of breakfast is not the food. However, it is the scenery. I have my […]

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One of my favorite stories to tell of my experiences abroad is the story of the time my friend Rachel slapped the arm of a Spanish gypsy in Grenada because the woman was pick-pocketing our friend, Megan. It was certainly a bold move on Rachel’s part. However, it is not only an awesome story to […]

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