Departure: Week Zero

I’m going to France… PARIS, France. The place where the Eiffel Tower isn’t just cheesy wall decor and where good croissants exist outside of Costco.​ Je ne crois pas. Although I have been preparing for over six months now, I have never actually thought about what happens when I get there. I mean sure, I have to get my luggage, find my new apartment and … Continue reading Departure: Week Zero

A Saintlike Experience

If there is anything that I have learned while growing up in the United States, it is that any chance Americans have to celebrate, we take it – literally, what’s up with the National Hot Dog Eating Competition? This week, however, I may have encountered an event that topped any American-style experience I have ever had. Viterbo, Italy is associated with many traditions and has … Continue reading A Saintlike Experience

A Floridian Farewell

After hours of Google searching every Study Abroad Packing List on the internet, I concluded my preparations for the upcoming semester with only two questions; firstly, is it physically possible to pack every outfit in my closet and still meet a 50 pound baggage limit? Secondly, is it socially acceptable to bring Kraft macaroni and cheese to Italy? Following the next few days, I will … Continue reading A Floridian Farewell

Diana Azbenova – Vicenza, Italy

Diana Azbenova (Photoblogger) Year in school: Senior Major: Architecture Minor: N/A Program: UF in Vicenza – Architecture Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why?  Yes, I moved to America from Kazakhstan, so for me it’s Abroad, kind of. I’ve also been in Russia, United Kingdom, Mexico, and right now I am in Italy. Different reasons for countries that I visit, some just … Continue reading Diana Azbenova – Vicenza, Italy

Sofia Cardozo – Madrid, Spain

Sofia Cardozo (Blogger) Year in school: Junior Major: Finance Minor: N/A Program: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Business exchange) Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why?  Yes, I’ve been to Canada, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, and Brazil Have you studied abroad before? If so, where, when, and for what?  No Where are you studying abroad this time and why did you choose this … Continue reading Sofia Cardozo – Madrid, Spain

Shelby Cotta – Viterbo, Italy

Shelby Cotta (Blogger) Year in school: Junior Major: Advertising, Visual Art Studies Minor: N/A Program: USAC -Viterbo Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why? After graduating high school, I took a two week tour of Europe. I visited many popular areas, including London, Paris, Nice, Monaco, Florence, and Rome — but my favorite abroad experiences were in the small towns such as … Continue reading Shelby Cotta – Viterbo, Italy

Celeste Hall – Seville, Spain

Celeste Hall (Photoblogger) Year in school: Sophomore Major: Anthropology Minor: Spanish, Health Disparities in Society Program: API – Seville (Spanish Language and Humanities Program) Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why? I stayed in Colombia for a month over one summer in order to be with family and see my grandparent’s native country. I’ve also been to Hawaii as a family vacation. … Continue reading Celeste Hall – Seville, Spain

Jamie Ang – Glasgow, Scotland

Jamie Ang (Photoblogger) Year in school: Junior Major: English Minor: N/A Program: University of Glasgow (Liberal Arts & Sciences exchange) Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why? Yes, my family is from the Philippines so I’ve been there many times. From there, I’ve traveled to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. I spent a day in London and a night in Singapore. Also, … Continue reading Jamie Ang – Glasgow, Scotland