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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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  • Mallory
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2017 Spring

Tabacchi 2 – The Place For You: Exploring Paderno del Grappa 02/09/17

After finally getting settled into my new life in Paderno del Grappa I have been able to learn the ropes around the town. When I first started my research on CIMBA, I couldn’t find much information on the town and the types of stores Paderno del Grappa has. The one store I have come to […]

After my weekend in Rome, I came back to a snow covered Mount Grappa!
Another photo in front of the Vatican Museum!
In front of the Fountain of Four Rivers!
Trevi Fountain!
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  • Carley
  • University of Missouri
  • 2017 Spring

Factual vs. Actual: How Study Abroad is Way Different Than I Thought It Would Be 02/08/17

It’s officially week three (time really does fly when you’re having fun) and now that I’m basically a local (not even close), I think it’s a good time to share what I thought studying abroad was going to be versus what it actually is. So for those of you who are interested in studying abroad […]

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Gondola Rides in Venice
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  • Sydney
  • The University of Iowa
  • 2017 Spring

Caught Off Guard: Why it’s Impossible to be Fully Prepared for Study Abroad 02/07/17

In the months leading up to my semester abroad, it felt like I’d done nothing but prepare. I renewed my passport, read articles written by students studying abroad in Italy (including the CIMBA blog, of course), downloaded the app Duolingo to learn some Italian, connected with classmates on social media, attended the CIMBA program orientation, […]

A quiet alleyway we found while taking a shortcut to the Verona Arena
All smiles after graduating CIMBA's three day Leadership Institute For Excellence (LIFE) training
Frutti di Bosco from Pasticceria Gambasin
The magnificent view from my dorm room; the one cloud in the sky even looks like a heart!!!
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  • Mallory
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2017 Spring

Why CIMBA? – How To Decide Where To Study Abroad 02/01/17

The first two weeks have come to an end and it already seems like I have been at CIMBA forever. I’m still learning how to order a sandwich at the local tabacchi (sandwich shop) and adjusting to the shops closing in the middle of the day for an extended lunch break. I also noticed the […]

My first Italian pizza at the local pizzeria!
Me standing in front of the city entrance sign!
My new friends and I in Asolo!
The first of many gelato pictures
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  • Carley
  • University of Missouri
  • 2017 Spring

4 Reasons FOMO Is Not A Good Excuse To Miss Out on Study Abroad 01/13/17

You may be sitting here reading this wondering: What is FOMO? Well, let me back up and explain this before I tell you how I overcame it. FOMO – or the Fear Of Missing Out – is exactly what it sounds like. Before I committed to studying abroad, I constantly found myself going back and […]

Ready for Take Off on This Journey
Passport & Sunglasses: Check
I'm starting to think she could blend in on the plane
Those who say the grass isn't always greener on the other side haven't studied abroad
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  • Mallory
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2017 Spring

The 5 Things I’m Doing to Prepare For My Semester Abroad 01/10/17

Ciao! For me, planning to study abroad has been very similar to applying to college for the very first time. Many factors go into choosing a program; location, cost, courses offered, and more. When I started thinking about studying abroad, I had NO clue where I wanted to go. I thought about following in most […]

Some friends and me hiking in Boulder before the snow came!
The flatirons or "flatties" snow dusted on a foggy day. I sure am going to miss this view.
Luckily most of my friends are studying abroad too which will give me plenty of opportunity to visit them!
The pillow case I made so I have some pictures around!
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  • Sydney
  • The University of Iowa
  • 2017 Spring

Never Goodbye, Just See You Later: The Top 5 Things I’ll Miss the Most Abroad 01/09/17

I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had a countdown till my departure to Italy going since July. For months I’ve been looking forward to new places, people, food, and adventure. But now that the time has almost come, it’s only appropriate that I stop and smell the roses; even if that means admitting […]

I can't wait to get my first passport stamp!!!
The ultimate 'food on the go': "Apple Pie on a Stick" courtesy of the Iowa State Fair
When mom is nice enough to buy you Detroit Lions pajamas and a new suitcase for your trip, you model it in the store if she asks you to.
The email that Jif sent me following my meltdown...I really wasn't kidding.
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