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Studying has its Perks

When I first graduated school in the United States, I was a little bit nervous about continuing my studies. Not only was there the apprehension that comes with any sort of application submission, but also...

#Carbonaraday

Dang, I love carbonara. It's just the best pasta recipe, ever. I was so stoked to come to Italy and learn how to make some real carbonara, not the excuse that I've always had in North Carolina. Of course,...

The Artist in Transit

Traveling isn't always easy. For a student, it's tough to find the time, and for an art student, it's tougher to find the money. However, when you're afforded with the opportunity to fly across the Atlantic...

Peculiar Places

It was a groggy Friday morning in Siena as I rushed through the narrow streets carrying an antique umbrella for the seemingly inevitable rain. Running late (as always), I wiped the sweat from my brow as...

Moving Forward

I keep thinking back to the girl who landed in Frankfurt at 4:30 a.m. last January, completely alone and simultaneously terrified and excited to catch the final flight that would take her to Italy. "You...

Imagination Takes Flight

Dante’s Commedia is peppered with not only people who lived during or prior to his lifetime, but also with mythological creatures. In my previous post on Dante, I emphasized how he used his Commedia—particularly the...

Italy is famous for a lot of things

Italy’s famous for a lot of things, including Italian coffee. Only here can you get cappuccino in the place where it was invented, and espresso so strong it can knock you off your feet. As a smaller c...

Who is Dante Alighieri?

For Italians, the name Dante is heard as often as Shakespeare is for English speakers. He is a literary giant. A revolutionary in language. A poet of nearly unmatched, extraordinary genius that we mere...

A Beautiful Day

There’s a reason why we all come to Tuscany. The desirable characteristics of this region of Italy are stamped on the international consciousness: Wine. Cypress trees. Delicious cuisine. Rolling green h...

A Beautiful Day

There’s a reason why we all come to Tuscany. The desirable characteristics of this region of Italy are stamped on the international consciousness: Wine. Cypress trees. Delicious cuisine. Rolling green h...

The Pinacoteca Nazionale

It was ten in the morning. After cookies and tea for breakfast, I left my host family’s lofty apartment and stepped out onto Via Stalloreggi. I walked down the narrow medieval streets, pressed to their e...

Shared Stories

Who are we and where do we fit on this planet? How does our language (or languages) impact our inner essence? While at the Siena school for Liberal Arts for a two week intensive Deaf Studies program...

Doin' it Live with Deborah

I was sitting across the table from the coolest chick I’d ever met, having been invited out for an aperitivo in the piazza, recounting the tale of the Great Puglia Road Trip 2015. Over the spring/Easter b...

Texas or Tuscany?

If I said that last night we ate BBQ, wore cowboy hats, danced to a country rock band while watching folks ride a mechanical bull you might guess we were back in Austin Texas right? What if I told you...

No Sauce Left Behind

Have you ever been served pasta with a sauce so delectable you secretly wanted to lick the plate clean? pappardelle al ragu di cinghiale, local Senese pig The Italians have solved this age-old problem. They...

Warm Tuscan Sunsets, Warm Tuscan People

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” ~Freya Stark    This placeis finally beginning to feel like home. I started this semester incredibly ungro...

Vignettes from a Tuscan Cold Spell

I. “Amy, why are you bringing a sweater to Italy?” Back in the US, thatwas the question on everyone’s lips, with the unspoken implication that Siena would be some kind of beach paradise. Never mind t...

Meeting "Giorgio Bush"

Wow. What a weekend. These past three days have been so genuinely Italian, I could not have been more fortunate to be at the right place, at the right time. Friday was a wine tasting, production lesson,...

Allora…reflecting on my Siena Art summer e...

It’s my second time in awe-inspiring Siena. In July of 2014 I came here for a typeface design class. (That’s me on the far left!) It was a 2 week intensive course , taught by Professor Donald Tarallo. It w...

Travelling in Italy: Slow Down and Enjoy...

Over the long weekend my friends and I planned a trip to Rome. It was my first time, and as my host mom said “Finally! You are going to Rome!” It seems a little silly to have saved the trip to arguably the m...
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