Lost in Translation

The Italian language is perhaps the most beautiful language in terms of sound. Some Italian grammar rules are solely based on the harmony of letters. But besides the melody, Italian words often have a colloquial meaning and history–most of which lose their meaning in translation. Below are some of my favorite words in Italian. These […]

The Road Less Traveled: 7 Secrets of Florence

When visiting Florence, the typical sights include Piazza Signora, Il Duomo, the Lucky Boar, and the Ponte Vecchio. But what about the hidden gems of the Tuscan city? What about the road less traveled? After living in Florence for a year, I have collected a few secrets of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Define “good” […]

Why Gaining Weight Should NOT Be A Concern While Abroad

When you think of Italy, you automatically think of food (among other key words). With cibo [food] being such large part of the Italian culture, I am constantly surrounded by authentic and good-quality piatti [meals]. Also, in addition to endless amount of restaurants at Taormina, I also live with a host family whom definitely know […]

Coping with Goodbyes

For a person who loves to travel and who dislikes monotony, goodbyes become part of the job description. When I left for Florence two years ago, I had to say goodbye to my friends and family who I won’t wouldn’t see for a year. When the semesters ended in Florence, I had to say goodbye […]

I Am Not One Bit Italian

When applying to colleges, I never thought I would become enamored with another country. I chose my college, Marist College, because I fell in love with the campus and the faculty. Upon further research, I discovered that Marist has a branch campus in Florence, Italy. After I committed to the college, I spontaneously applied for […]

Going Abroad Again: Teaching Edition

I can remember the exact moment I found out my Colombian teaching placement: I was working the API table at the Marist International Programs Fall study abroad fair. While promoting my undergrad study abroad program at my alma mater, I found out about my next abroad step. Opportune moment, right? I would be teaching English […]

How I Am Back In Seville Already

How I am back in Seville already… completely on my own this time! I studied abroad in Seville, Spain the fall 2013 semester and absolutely fell in love. I made a promise to myself as I stood along the river (pretty depressed) on my last day that I would be back soon and I actually […]