Month: November 2018

Realizing the End is Near

As my semester abroad is coming to a close, I am finding it hard to believe that it’s actually over. Living in Italy for the past four months has been both what I expected it to be and completely not. I have been pleasantly surprised by some things and slightly disappointed by others, but it ...

Italian Public Transportation

One thing that has been particularly great about studying abroad in Florence is easy access to public transportation. Back home in the United States, we often lack reliable options for public transportation. However, in Italy, between busses, trains, and metros, there are so many options to help you travel around on a budget. Taxis, Ubers ...

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Bull Meets World #1 (Living in Akita Pt. 11)

Fairly soon after I arrived in Akita I had the chance to visit a local shrine near Akita International University. I went with some of my friends from the school, and the opportunity helped me get closer to many of them. One of the people who I went with, and whose since become my best ...

Caught Up in Florence

This semester has shaped up to be by far the most unique of any semesters I’ve experienced so far. Though I suppose that was to be expected considering it’s being spent abroad in Florence, it still is surprising at times. As weird as it sounds to read—it feels even more strange to write, I can ...

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Akita Sushi (Living in Akita, Pt. 10)

I recently had another opportunity to explore around Akita, and was again pleasantly surprised. We started by going shopping around second hand stores; in Japan, there's a company called Hardoff which operates stores similar to goodwill, with donated secondhand goods (many of which were still unopened) for lower prices. Although I didn’t buy much there, ...