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  • Carley
  • University of Missouri
  • 2017 Spring

Italy and the US: Cultural Comparison 03/07/17

Before I came abroad, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of Italy or even Europe in general. With European heritage and hearing about my Grandma’s childhood and parent’s visits, I just came to the assumption that it was an older version of the United States. After spending 7 weeks here and traveling to 6 […]

Right before we were asked if we were American: note my sweatshirt and t-shirt
American-Style Coffee we found in Florence
Views from my runs (walks) in Paderno
Deciphering the Italian look vs. the American: a closer glimpse
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  • Carley
  • University of Missouri
  • 2017 Spring

Mingling With the Locals: Add a Seat 03/07/17

While traveling to different countries is definitely one of the highlights of studying abroad, after 7 weeks here I’ve also come to greatly appreciate getting to know the culture and people of Italy. Through the Add a Seat experience, I’ve humbly come to the conclusion that the people here are just as excited to express […]

Add a Seat Dinner Appetizers
Add a Seat- Campagnolo Family
Not sure what I enjoyed more- their dogs or the food
Paderno
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  • Mallory
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2017 Spring

Top Things To Know Before Traveling 03/07/17

Since I have left America, I have traveled to five different cities in three different countries. In each of my travel experiences I have learned something new, whether from a series of unfortunate events or just a helpful hint I’ve picked up along the way! Here are the top four things I think you should […]

My German bratwurst from the market!
Breakfast tea in Asolo!
The David! Seriously if you get the chance, go see this! It's absolutely incredible!
Laying out on the beach in Barcelona, Spain!
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  • Mallory
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2017 Spring

Add a Seat! 02/24/17

Although CIMBA is located in a pretty small town outside of Venice, the staff does an amazing job of keeping us busy so it doesn’t always feel like we are in a small town! This week, I had the opportunity to interact with some more locals and get a small taste of their day to […]

Our group after our amazing meal with Chiara, Marta and her family!
Chiara and Marta's puppy, Eddie!
The amazing "pre dinner" course set out for us!
A beautiful view of Crespano, Paderno, Asolo, and the other neighboring towns!
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  • Sydney
  • The University of Iowa
  • 2017 Spring

The 5 Types of Friends In Your Study Abroad Travel Group 02/24/17

One of the best parts about studying abroad in Europe is the opportunity to travel to a new place almost every weekend. But traveling wouldn’t be nearly as exciting if it weren’t for the people that you are able to share it with. So while the scenery, the food, and the history of wherever you […]

A good friend will ALWAYS get gelato with you, no matter what.
We met a professional Rugby player from Ireland while having dinner by our hostel!
The crowded and scenic Marienplatz, or Mary's Square, in Munich
These are quickly becoming one of our favorite many snacks of the day.
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  • Sydney
  • The University of Iowa
  • 2017 Spring

B-School Bon Voyage: Why Every Business Student Should Study Abroad 02/22/17

As a diehard Hawkeye, I was truly bothered by the idea of missing out on my second semester of my junior year. Having only three semesters left in the heaven known as Iowa (yes, I just made a Field of Dreams reference), I had no interest in cutting it short. This isn’t to say that […]

One of the coolest moments of my life: climbing 551 steps to the top of St. Peter's Basilica
Posing for a picture by one of Amsterdam's many canals with my smiling, frozen, travel buddies
CIMBA's Tippie College of  Business students looking glamorous for our first gourmet dinner
Flying into a new city at night is my favorite part of the plane ride
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  • Mallory
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2017 Spring

Navigating the Italian Culture 02/21/17

After spending a little over a month in Italy, I have learned a few things about the cultural norms here. At first I found some of them annoying but now I am gaining a better understanding of why Italians do what they do and how I can better submerge myself into the Italian culture.   […]

Eating Gelato with a foggy view of Mount Grappa!
Me in front of one of the many fountains in Rome, Italy!
Watching the chef make pasta during the pasta making EWAP!
After the chef cut the pasta into the strips!
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  • Carley
  • University of Missouri
  • 2017 Spring

The Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts of a Formal Dinner: 02/20/17

So last week we were given a quiz over formal dinner etiquette followed by a seminar to review the subject. Going in, I felt pretty confident on my dinner etiquette… I mean I knew how to drink tea with my pinky up, so I was basically super proper, right? Yeah…unfortunately not. After getting a solid […]

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Cheers to our first formal dinner
Iowa crew takes on formal dinner
Good food and better friends- nothing to wine about here
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  • Carley
  • University of Missouri
  • 2017 Spring

When in Rome: 5 Tips for Visiting Italy’s Liveliest City 02/13/17

Buonasera! (Thanks to our Survival Italian class, I’ve expanded my limited Italian vocabulary). So this past weekend I spent two days in one of the most historic cities in Italy: Rome. Despite this title, I’m not going to tell you a love story about a woman that takes coins out of the Fontana de Amore […]

Outside the Vatican
Views of the city
Trevi Fountain
Rome
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  • Sydney
  • The University of Iowa
  • 2017 Spring

When in Paderno, Do as the Italians Do: The Top 5 Places in Town to Interact with Locals 02/10/17

After four weeks on campus and experiencing more culture shock than I’d like to admit, I’m starting to get the hang of the Paderno del Grappa lifestyle here at CIMBA. While I’m sure I still stick out like a sore thumb when I venture beyond the CIMBA bubble, through insight, observation, and self-awareness, I’ve begun […]

Little Town, Big View
Some concerned Snapchats were sent regarding my Diet Coke intake. Good thing Coca Cola Light IS Diet Coke, and Tabacchi 2 always has plenty on hand!
Spending time with friends at Pizzeria Al Sole
Frutti di Bosco from Pasticceria Gambasin
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