Nov 16 2011

Study Break

Ciao everyone!

I love that whenever I don’t feel like doing actual work, I can still blog and feel like I’ve accomplished something productive.

Hoping you’re enjoying Bristol as much as I’m enjoying Florence.

All my favorite Florence peeps at the Trevi Fountain!

All my favorite Florence peeps at the Trevi Fountain!

As you know, I was in Rome last weekend for a field trip. We saw all the typical ancient sites- like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum. However, we also saw history in the making with the Occupy Rome protests on Saturday. Luckily, they were relatively peaceful while we observed the protests and were able to get on our train back to Florence before things got out of hand.

Me hanging out at the riot.

Me hanging out at the riot.

The fun of the Roman weekened was shortlived, since mid-terms are now in full swing. So far, I’ve solved the euro crisis, memorized eveything there is to know about the Sistine Ceiling, and successfully identified different archaeological strata. Now all I have left is Ancient Rome (which the field trip provided an excellent review for) and my Italian exam.

Luckily, all of my professors have been more than willing to have multiple review sessions for their classs. And, since the program is relatively small, most of us usually continue the study session at one of our apartments after the official review ends.

Once exams are over Thursday, I plan on scouring my apartment. I’m starting to believe someone comes in while we’re sleeping and covers everything in dust. Whoever or whatever you are, please stop. Then on Saturday, I’m taking a train to Naples and hiking for a few days before setting sail for Sicily, where I will be until Wednesday. I plan on spending the rest of fall break just relaxing in Florence, which should be a bit more decongested without the majority of the American student population.

Last night, the Registrar posted course schedules for Spring 2012, so I naturally chose all my classes and made an Excel spreadsheet of my schedule. I am probably the coolest person you know, right?


Oct 11 2011

Still Alive…

Hey all-

Sorry about my absence from the blogosphere lately. I’ve been busy enjoying all Florence has to offer and doing the “studying” portion of my study abroad.

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Climbed the Duomo!

It’s hard to believe that this is the last week of classes before mid-terms and fall break!

Currently, I’m making study guides for my classes and planning study sessions with my classmates. This is very easy given my class sizes. My Michelangelo class has six students and my Archaeology class have five. My others are all under 20 students. It’s impossible not to get personal attention from professors.

On Friday, I had a field trip for my Archaeology class. After hopping on a super early train, my class arrived in Populonia with our professor. The class is team taught by a historian (our professor) and an archaeologist, who guest lectures in our classes sometimes. The archaeologist is in charge of a dig in Populonia, uncovering the remnants of a Roman villa. We had the chance to do some of our own digging and got to enjoy the beautiful seaside landscape. After leaving the dig, we explored some Etruscan tombs and headed up to the village of Populonia, which has under 20 full-time inhabitants.

Digging the situation.

Digging the situation.

After getting lunch, we ventured up to the acropolis, where there was another dig going on. While there, the team made a huge discovery of an inscription which reinforced the head archaeologists thesis regarding the temple he had excavated.

On Saturday, I headed to the Biblioteca delle Oblate to study, one of the hippest places in town. While you may think libraries are boring- this one is anything but. It has a cafe on the rooftop terrace with great views of the Duomo and is bustling with Italian students studying in the funky, modern environment. The library also hosts concerts, readings, and a variety of other events.

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Biblioteca delle Oblate

Next weekend, I’ll be going to Rome for a field trip with my Ancient Rome class, which should be a lot of fun. And then I’ll tackle mid-terms.

Wish me luck!