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An Adventure with My Creative Writing Class

My creative writing class is very small -- only three people -- Katie, Milan, and me. When Jeff had told us previously that he wanted to take us to see his home in a tiny Tuscan village, I had not known...

Going for a Walk

Walking is the best way to get to know more of any place; perhaps that’s why I don’t feel like a stranger here anymore. A good portion of our time at school is devoted to educational walks, be it in Sie...

Two-Day Field Trip Fall 2017

Saturday 30 September Our group departs from Siena and we follow the traces of the Via Francigena. After Siena, the Via Francigena enters the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO-listed region of outstanding natural b...

First Field Trip of the Fall 2017 Semester!

Our first field trip of the year has already come! A couple weekends ago, we spent the day in Montepulciano and Castiglione del Lago, taking in the jaw-dropping scenery and hearing some fun historical...

Multicultural Crossings

Everyone in the program decided to have a Greek themed night where everyone from Greece made traditional food and we listened to Greek music and all hung out together. It was such a fun time not only because...

Time Happens

Three weeks in! I’m really not sure how to hold the reaction. On one side, I can’t believe three weeks has already passed, and on the other I can’t believe it’s only been this long. I’ve been thinking a...

The Aperitivo

There are many things that can be difficult about adjusting to life in a new country. Luckily, when you move to Italy, the different culture surrounding food is a difference easy to enjoy. In addition...

Beginning with a Barrier

When I first met my host mom, it was a game of charades. Guessing she meant running by her running in place. I came to Italy knowing few words in Italian. The first dinner was a struggle, with us relying...

Returning to the Siena School

I studied here at the Siena School for Liberal Arts during the spring 2016 semester. The moment I returned in May, I wanted to come back and so was thrilled to be given the opportunity to intern here....

Fall 2017 Orientation

On September 1, the new semester students arrived! We have a diverse mix of Americans, Greeks, and Italians; and after a whirlwind orientation weekend, they are settled into their new homes in Siena and...

#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,...

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...

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...
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