Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Ciao a presto, i miei amici.

Sitting on the floor of my bedroom, surrounded by piles and piles of clothes. It’s like I never left, like nothing ever changed. My bed is still unmade in the corner of the room and my desk still has a stack of magazines, precariously balancing against the flickering lamp that never really worked. My mom is still downstairs, yelling at me to come feed the dog, and my brother is still holed up in his room listening to his music on full blast. The Seattle weather is still overcast, and my Honda Civic looks exceptionally average as always. As much […]

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Paradise in Santorini

They say to save the best for last, and my semester abroad was no exception. I spent my final week in Europe traveling around Greece and I can say with fervor and conviction – I DEFINITELY saved the best for last. After finishing my finals and packing up all my bags, I hopped on a train with two other Bucknellians (and frequent additions to my blog), Mackenzie and Chelsea. We flew out of Milan on Friday morning and landed in Athens mid-afternoon. I’ve heard good and bad about Athens – some people say it’s an incredible city, while others say […]

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Monday, May 9th, 2011

A Day in the Life!

If you’ve been following my blog religiously all semester then you’ve gotten to hear about my extravagant trips to foreign countries, my spectacular visits to interesting places and my hilarious mishaps along the way. However, although I am often traveling Thursday through Sunday, I spend the rest of my week attending classes and living in the city of Florence. I don’t talk much about my day to day routine, but I thought it might be interesting for everyone to get a sense of the in and outs of abroad student life. So here you go: A Day in Jenni’s Italian […]

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Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Mangia and Beve

Secret bakeries and wine country. These are the topics of my blog today, so get pumped for some food and wine knowledge. Italian life is far too indulgent. Ok, first let’s talk about the secret bakeries. You may have heard me mention this before, but in Italy, all food vendors have to close down at 1 a.m. I live by the Santa Croce, an area that is full of bars, clubs and people hanging out in the piazzas, so there are definitely hungry people out after 1 a.m. And so, Italians have solved this problem by creating “secret bakeries.” Bakeries […]

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Friday, April 29th, 2011

The 10 most memorable moments of Amalfi

This past weekend I had a long vacation – Friday AND Monday were off for the Easter holiday – so I was able to take a long trip to the Amalfi Coast of Italy with some of my best friends. Here are the top 10 most memorable moments from the weekend! 1. The Hike in Capri. We stayed in Sorrento but were able to take a ferry ride to Capri on our first full day in Amalfi. Capri is a tiny (beautiful!) island about 20 minutes from Sorrento. We ended up traveling with Euroadventures, a student travel company, for the […]

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Monday, April 18th, 2011

Salvatore, sand and soccer

Sunday night. Florence, Italy. Where can you find me? Sitting in my bed with a bowl of pesto, mozzarella and tomato pasta on my lap. Typical. I’ve managed to stay healthy for the past two and a half months of my Italian vacation, but I’ve finally been hit with a bad cold. Here’s to hoping that it disappears before Thursday – I’m heading to the Amalfi Coast (Italy’s most Southern coast) for our long Easter weekend (read my Italian Easter post: http://www.rollinglobe.com/RGWeb/blogs/viewpost.aspx?u=Jenni&post=768) and I definitely don’t want to be feeling under the weather! This past weekend was actually pretty busy […]

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Lunch in the dark & Roma on hyperspeed

Ciao tutti! Another Italian week has passed and I have more adventures to report. I’m currently sitting in a tiny room on NYU’s Florence campus, waiting for an internship interview. Sadly, although life here seems like a dream, the real world is still out there and my summer is not coming together as cohesively as I would like… This seems to happen every year, but I still get anxious about summer plans! Blogging like this and working for Rollinglobe this semester has made me realize how much I love to write, so I’m hoping to do some sort of editorial […]

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Eight-thousand words

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m posting seven. They feature my recent weekend jaunt to Stockholm, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark. The other thousand words can be found at the end of the post where I’ll share the disasters of my five-day Scandinavian adventure. Enjoy The beautiful buildings of Stockholm So far, my blogs have featured the sucesses of my amazing study abroad experience with me as the invincible protagonist. Well, this blog is about to be different because this past weekend I discovered that I am definitely less than invincible, and I learned that […]

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I Cosi Strani in Italia…

(Translation: The strange things in Italy) Haircuts in Italy are not like haircuts in America. If you’ve looked at my pictures, you can tell that my hair is short. I decided that I wanted it to be shorter, so I headed to my local salon for a trim. When I arrived, they gave me a plastic cape and walked me back to a sink where the woman proceeded to pour water on my head … and face. She then wrapped my hair in a paper towel and we headed back to the chair. I told her (in Italian) that I […]

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Spring Break: Volume 3 (True Life: Hostel Experience)

Ciao again my darling readers. Munich is next on my destination list, so here we go. Munich is actually not far from Salzburg so the train ride was cheap and quick. At this point in the trip we had all come to appreciate the calm that comes with traveling on the train – train rides were the most relaxing moments of our vacation. When we arrived in Munich we were thrilled to find that our hostel was merely two blocks away from the train station. Despite the pouring rain, we dragged our bags down those two blocks and gratefully stumbled […]

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