• Italy
  • Lemon Love

    This weekend, we got a feel for Southern Italy on a tour of Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri with a group from our school. After 10 days of spring break travel, it was nice to go on a pre-planned adventure. I’m super thankful for the awesome professors who lead the trip, Luca and his wife, Milva. […]

  • Austria
  • Spring Break


    For the last ten days, I’ve traveled by plane, train, bus, and boat through Eastern Europe with some of my best friends. Here are the highlights. Geneva Amanda joined us in Florence a few days before our trip, and flew with us to Switzerland. I was so glad to have her, and we spent the […]

  • Spain
  • Gaudí, Picasso, and the sun.


    When I came to Europe, I didn’t expect to visit Spain. I’m really glad I did. Barcelona offers so much to see and do, but the #1 thing to experience is the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family). Although it’s still being constructed (to be completed in 2026), the enormous forest-like […]

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  • A day in Siena


    Siena is like a smaller, quieter, more medieval version of Florence, and I loved it. After an hour bus ride through Tuscan countryside, we navigated to the Piazza del Campo, where the Palio di Siena horse races are held every summer. On a beautiful day like today, it was the perfect destination to enjoy some sun.   The […]

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  • Parco delle Cascine


    Today was full of trip planning and sunshine and yes, a little bit of homework. Believe it or not, I’m so grateful school is in full swing. It helps living in Florence feel a little more real and a little less like vacation. As reality has set in, so has a little bit of culture shock and homesickness, […]

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  • Marino Marini + Cioccolata


    Today I visited the Marino Marini Museum with my Contemporary Art class! It was super interesting to hear our professor explain the context of sculptures I never would’ve appreciated much before. I love having art museums right in my backyard. I also discovered that there is currently a flower market and a chocolate festival nearby…this place is […]

  • Italy
  • Roma


    Rome is an amazing place. It’s so full of history, and architecture, and art. We walked and bussed and saw so much in the past three days! Our first day was spent mostly at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum: The Vatican Museum was incredibly beautiful, and I got to see the Raphael Rooms, […]

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  • Syllabus Week


    Although we started classes yesterday, Katie, Sarah, and I got out of web design early this afternoon…and we made the most of it. While Sarah tried on this amazing leather dress, I picked out the Italian souvenir I’d been searching for – a leather jacket! After shopping and gelato, Sarah and I snapped a couple fun […]

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  • Cathedrals of Color


    Lucas is here for the weekend! It’s been so great to have a friend visit for our first weekend in Florence, especially one who’s up for adventures and espresso every day. Today we went to an international Christian church service in the morning, and to the top of the duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) […]