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Month: June 2016

just (rome)ing around

just (rome)ing around

ROME!!! Our final destination before we leave Italy 🙁 For our first day in Rome, we saw quite a bit. Professor Duclaux took us to a few churches, the Trevi Fountain, the Forum and the Colosseum. The Trevi Fountain was much larger than what I had expected from pictures. I remember clutching my purse the entire time because of the massive amount of people and the many warnings we had been given about pick-pocketing in Rome. The fountain was magnificent,…

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how the hill are we not there yet

how the hill are we not there yet

Well, today really did not go as expected.. The day began with a nice morning walk with Lane to get coffee and blog at Bar Stefano. After blogging for a bit, we met up with a group of people at Mariano’s for lunch. During lunch, we got to talking about plans for the day and some people mentioned their interest in going on a hike. Hiking… I’m there. I come from family that goes hiking at every opportunity. We have…

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how you gon’ be salty on vacation

how you gon’ be salty on vacation

Wow. If I could relive any day over and over again, I would have to make a top 3 list of days because I’ve had some pretty incredible experiences in the last 19 years, but I know without a doubt today would be on the list. It was perfect. As a perfectionist who battles daily at learning to go with the flow and accept things the way they are, I do not use that word often. One of the reasons…

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Statue of David had me FLOR(ence)D

Statue of David had me FLOR(ence)D

Day 2 of day tripping!! I thought I sweat a lot yesterday… The last time I felt this gross was after I crossed the finish line of my final cross country meet. Today was a constant cycle of sweating, the sweat kind of drying, then sweating again. No lie my dress was soaked at one point so thank God I wore white. Besides the heat, dehydration, swarm of tourists and having to run from the aggressive scammers who literally wrap…

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I see, you see, we all see Assisi

I see, you see, we all see Assisi

DAY TRIPPPIN! Now, the real sweating begins… Today, we took a nice 2 hour bus ride to the beautiful city of Assisi. Not gonna lie, till today I had never even heard of Assisi. I was thoroughly surprised and impressed by the town’s art, architecture and atmosphere. The city is very quaint and has a homey feel to it with it’s rustic buildings and daily hum of people chatting on the streets or sharing a meal at a cafe. When…

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nothing is impastable

nothing is impastable

lol these “punny” titles get worse and worse 😛 Anyways.. WHOOP WHOOP!!! The service project is complete and turned out far better than anyone had envisioned! I am so proud of all my fellow PCS members for consistently working hard every day and maintaining positive attitudes regardless of what they were doing or how significant they felt their role was. Even though many people were not feeling 100% healthy every day and were pretty tired due to the time change,…

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what a grape time

what a grape time

I swear each day only gets better here in Arezzo. Besides a few days of rain, the weather has been beautiful and made the constant walking very enjoyable. I wish I could go home and walk everywhere like the people do here. It is so rejuvenating and refreshing and has triggered some great conversations among my fellow PCS members. One of my favorite parts about this trip is that I have been able to become friends with some people that…

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ajousting well

ajousting well

Wow. All I have to say is that I will never forget today. I truly do not believe I have ever been so surprised or thrown off guard than when I saw men dressed in crazy colored leggings walk slowly across an arena. I felt as if I was in an extra in the crowd of a medieval-based movie. There were men in long robes and brown bob wigs. Bob wigs!! I had to post pictures because it is impossible…

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just a pizza my day

just a pizza my day

What a day! So far, I have really been enjoying my time in Arezzo and am eager to experience and learn more about their culture and traditions. Each day I am seeing more and more things that Italians and Americans both do, but do very differently. This morning, we went to the Arezzo farmer’s market that is held every Saturday. Unlike the markets I have been to in America, the Arezzo market had a never ending line of vans and tables…

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