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A Special Calling

MULTIMEDIA: Attend Mass with Father Claudio

The young man pushing through the double doors looks like a personal trainer or one of Urbino’s most eligible bachelors. He sports a deep tan over a lean, fit physique covered by a blue form-fitting shirt, dark grey cargo shorts that stop just above the knees and a tattoo spread [...]

August 3rd, 2009 | | 3 Comments »

Pleasant Surprises

In the collection of my blogs, I noticed I shared some of my preconceived notions of the attitude Italians may have towards Americans. For example, in my “Visiting an Italian Doctor” blog I wrote,“ I was afraid that the doctor was going to be stuck-up or think I was some American who was wasting his [...]

July 28th, 2009 | Tags: , | No Comments »

Beauty: Confidence is Key

Women of all ages and body shapes are bearing their skin on this hot and humid day at the beach in Pesaro, a beach town forty-five minutes from Urbino. The shapely and curvy senior citizens are as comfortable in their two piece bathing suits as the young, model-like women are.
I haven’t been in Italy [...]

July 27th, 2009 | | 1 Comment »

Visit With an Italian Doctor

Getting sick in a foreign country while having a busy work schedule wasn’t how I had envisioned my first week in Italy . After only a couple of days in Urbino, I became really sick with a bad cough that kept me up at night and began to frustrate me during class. After trying to [...]

July 18th, 2009 | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Power Of A Smile

Traveling abroad and not having a good grasp of the national language can make you feel sort of handicapped. Coming to Italy, I didn’t know much Italian, maybe just the names of food and a couple phrases that I spotted while skimming through my pocket-sized dictionary during the plane ride here.
Something I’ve noticed about myself [...]

July 18th, 2009 | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Worldwide Influence of American Music

The other evening, two other classmates and I were walking into the main square in town to go shopping.  While browsing through the clothes, I noticed the music that was playing in the woman’s clothing shop was American music with songs by artists such as Chris Brown and The Game emanating from the sound system.  I was so [...]

July 11th, 2009 | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Familiar Prayers in Foreign Places

I went to the San Francesco Church (they spell Francisco differently), which is one of the three churches that are walking distance from our dorms. I marveled over the beautiful paintings on the wall, the statues of the saints, and the simplicity of the wooden pews.  I loved experiencing the mass, and saying the prayers [...]

July 11th, 2009 | Tags: , | 1 Comment »
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