On a warming evening in July only a few seats remain unoccupied in Urbino’s San Francesco church. Audience members sit transfixed, straining their necks up toward a balcony high above the altar as seven young men crowd into a tiny space to perform Bella Gerit, a Renaissance song cycle dedicated to Lorenzo de’ Medici, Duca [...]
I was on the bus coming back from a day trip to Pesaro, Italy, when I looked over and saw a young girl reading a gossip magazine like OK or People. I glanced at the page she was on and saw a picture of Scarlett Johansson and her hubby Ryan Reynolds.
I quickly realized that I [...]
Fear is controlling and I it controlled me my first days in Italy. I was afraid to socialize with locals in fear that they wouldn’t want to talk with me, or understand me, or even care what I had to say. There is no way I was going to experience the Italian culture through their eyes by sitting [...]
The tattoo on my left foot summarizes my entire being with one word, “Dreamer.” On top of the word floats a simple butterfly that was added for decoration, but it has become more than that.
I have dreamed a million different things, but today I experienced something that I never imagined was possible. I ran side-by-side with a Franciscan monk [...]
A fellow student and I went to a Franciscan monastery where we met one of the three monks there. Unaware of what to expect because I have never met or seen a monk in my life, I was blown away by my first impression.
I expected a man in a full robe and maybe a cross [...]