Update from Paris

So much has been going happening on this whirlwind of a trip and experience. I could see myself living in Paris like this forever, it has truly been wonderful. From seeing the chateau if Versailles to trying my first caviar and escargot, I have enjoyed every new encounter. We have…

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Can I Stay Forever?

It’s official: I’m not going home. Sorry mom and dad I’ve decided to stay in Italy and live here indefinitely. Italy is everything I dreamed it would be when I was planning my trip, from the food, to the culture, to the history that surrounds me every single day. On my way to class every morning I pass Santa Croce, the resting place of Michelangelo, The Duomo, which is one of the largest and most beautiful cathedrals in the world, and many other historic sites. I almost forget that I’m not a local sometimes, and I get annoyed trying to navigate through all of the tourists taking pictures of the historic sites that I get to see every single day. There’s still somehow something new to discover around every corner though, whether it’s an amazing new gelato shop, or a museum I never even knew existed. Some of my courses even include museum trips into the curriculum, so I get to explore the city and get credit for going to class at the same time.

Studying in Florence also gives me the opportunity to travel other places as well. One of my favorite places that I’ve visited would have to be Lucca, a small city about an hour away from Florence by train. Lucca is a gorgeous and peaceful city known for its 100m thick protective wall. In the past this wall was used as defense against canons from invaders, however today residents ride bikes and walk on top of its tree lined path for recreation. Riding bikes on top of the wall was definitely the highlight of the day for me, as the scenery was so breathtaking, however my friends and I also managed to visit several of the churches in the town, including the Duomo of San Martino. I also got the opportunity to travel to Split, Croatia where I went white water rafting, took a boat tour of several of the islands near the mainland, jumped off a cliff or two, and visited Krka National Park, a park known for its incredible waterfalls. I had never even considered Croatia as a travel destination before coming to Italy, but I know now I’ll certainly return someday. From its white marble streets and buildings, to its crystal-clear turquoise water, and the mountains (which are basically a thing of myth when you grow up in Florida) that tower over the entire country, Croatia is the perfect travel destination.

Even though I may not want to return home, in three more weeks I’ll be boarding a plane back to Florida, so I’m not going to waste any of the time I have left in this amazing country. There’s still so much I want to do and I don’t want to regret missing out on anything, even though I know this is not the last time I’ll be coming to Europe! Ciao for Now!

Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pia

Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pia

Riding bikes on top of the wall in Lucca

Riding bikes on top of the wall in Lucca

Exploring Venice and watching the canals

Exploring Venice and watching the canals

Watching the gondolas in Venice

Watching the gondolas in Venice

Watching the sunset over the mountains in Croatia

Watching the sunset over the mountains in Croatia

Taking an island cruise in Croatia

Taking an island cruise in Croatia

 

What a Week!!

The dragon boat festival (DuānWūJié) was happening on this weekend almost at the same time with Chinese Children Day (ÉrTóngJié) on June 1st. This weekend we had the opportunity to stay at our Chinese friends’ house for 3 days. My roommate’s house is located 3 hours bus away from QingDao,…

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Living in Paris

  My residence at Cite Universitaire, Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, is one of 40 residences dedicated to countries, institutions, and persons around the world. So far I have run into students from Poland, Canada, and California who reside in one of these houses.   Across the street from my…

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R.I.P.

A must-see-sight in paris is the grave of rock n’ roll god- James Douglas Morrison. Resting in the beautiful Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise, Jim Morrison (The Doors) is visited by hundreds of fans and tourists. As you stroll through the cemetery in search of Jim you will find other head…

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