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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

How to Come to Terms With Saying Goodbye to Your New Home Away from Home 12/21/16

Ciao, I’m writing this with a mix of emotions ranging from Happiness that finals are over to sadness that this adventure has come to an end. From what I’ve discussed with other people in the program, they’re not far off from where I am. We are obviously all happy to have made it through finals, […]

Last travel weekend- Barcelona
My yearbook picture
Finally got my KT certification
Last time I'll see room 427
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  • Mallory
  • Furman University
  • 2016 Fall

How to Explore New Cultures Through Food 12/19/16

I am a foodie, I’ll be the first to admit it. I love food. My Pinterest board is chalk full of new recipes I want to try or recipes I love. So it only makes sense that one of the things I was most excited for when I decided to study away was the opportunity […]

We found a Chipotle in London!
A really yummy omelet we ate in Barcelona, The Milk Bar. If you're in the area its a must!
The best dessert I had the entire trip!
Basil Risotto and tempura shrimp!
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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

Crunch Time: Studying for Finals during Study Abroad 12/13/16

  Ciao,  I can’t believe it’s the middle of my last week here. My incredible journey here at CIMBA is coming to a close. But, there’s one thing in the way: finals. Every class has a final  at CIMBA. They are not cumulative (thank goodness!) but that’s what your last week consists of. I know, […]

Best way to study
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While packing up, we can leave our still usable, unwanted items here for donation to future CIMBA students
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  • Mallory
  • Furman University
  • 2016 Fall

Study Essentials To Bring With You From Home 12/09/16

As finals week is approaching and the end of the semester is coming to a close, I am looking back on my experience and wishing I packed a few things! The way of life in Italy was a huge shock when I first got here. I didn’t know the language and didn’t really understand the […]

I love my agenda. I need to write everything down in order to keep it all straight. I never start a semester with out having a good day planner.
I never leave home with out my pencil pouch. It has anything I could really ever need including highlighters, tape and sticky notes.
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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

The Crazy and Weird: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone While Traveling 12/05/16

Ciao, I figured since the last travel weekend just ended, a good topic would be going outside your comfort zone more than just studying abroad itself, but what you do while you’re here. Because if hopping on that plane from the states is further outside your comfort zone as you want to get, then the whole study abroad […]

Top of the Iamsterdam sign
Rented a Ferrari in Barcelona
Top of Casa Batilo-Barcelona
Barcelona beachwalk
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  • Mallory
  • Furman University
  • 2016 Fall

Add a Seat (or Maybe 5?): Getting to Know Italian Culture with Italian Students 11/29/16

This week, I had the opportunity to participate in CIMBA’s Add a Seat to the Table program. Add a Seat is organized by the CIMBA in conjunction with the Istituti Fillipin, the boarding school that shares a campus with CIMBA. Students from the Italian high school open their homes for an evening so we can get […]

Had some puppy love while enjoying the evening at Add a Seat.
The group picture we took after dinner!
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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

The Study Part of Study Abroad 11/28/16

Wait, study abroad is more than going to cool places and meeting new people? Well yeah… you’re really there to learn and get good grades. Good grades may not be as cool to talk about as my trip to Paris this past weekend, but they’re still important. I’m going to talk about the type of […]

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Selfie in front of Notre Dame
Professor Detwiler and I
Selfie with Professor Chiariello and Professor Bigolin
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  • Mallory
  • Furman University
  • 2016 Fall

9 days. 7 flights. 2,547 miles. 11/28/16

Over our extended travel week, I was fortunate enough to travel through Spain and Portugal with three friends: Alex, Emma and Grace. We planned our trip around some crucial things we wanted to see and do. These things ranged from reenacting The Cheetah Girls scenes in Park Guell to relaxing on a beach in Mallorca. […]

At the airport in Barcelona waiting to get out tickets.
The view from the gelato shop we ate at in Mallorca.
Waiting for the bus in Barcelona to take us to the airport.
Taking pictures at Park Guell!
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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

How To Plan A Travel Weekend 11/15/16

Ciao, I thought planning my travel weekends here would be easy, but then I quickly realized how close I was becoming with some people and that it obviously wasn’t just about where you are, but who you’re with. It gets chaotic and frustrating when planning these weekends, but when you’re there, all the money and […]

Look up different airlines' flight times here
Trenitalia
Above the Grand Canal
Roman Colosseum
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  • Mallory
  • Furman University
  • 2016 Fall

Finding Your Home Away From Home (or How I Managed to Fall in Love with an Entire Village) 11/04/16

Its crazy to think that its already the halfway point in my time in Italy. Over the past six weeks I have really come to love the town of Paderno del Grappa (or PDG as we like to call it). I’m not going to lie, when we first arrived I was in a little bit […]

One of my favorite things is to get coffee and a sweet treat from the bakery.
I can eat the entire thing!
My favorite pizza from the pizzeria.
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