Every group so far has been working hard on their perspective stories. The stories range from the city’s graffiti problems to beekeepers, cresce sfogliate, and instrument makers, among many others. Throughout this month, not only have I been able to participate in my own group’s stories but also in the stories of others.
As a journalist, [...]
In reading through my blogs, I have noticed that the difference between myself and Italians that I notice most often is language. I’ve talked about “what happens when that communication is outright rejected” in speaking about my encounter with the rude woman on the bus. I’ve also talked about “Fritalish,” in which I commented that [...]
The hourglass that has been running since I arrived in Italy has almost run out. My time here will soon come to an end as I board a jet plane, heading for the States.
I am happy. Happy to be returning to the place and people I love, happy to have made the journey to Italy and [...]
Remember way back in kindergarten when we had those learning exercises and had to circle the shape, object or animal that didn’t belong? For example, there would be a row of four animals, three bunnies and one duck and you were meant to circle the duck. Well, my time here has made me realize that I am [...]
Looking back over the blogs I’ve written, it’s obvious this whole trip has taught me a lot about myself. I’ve grown here, and I’ve begun to see myself and others in a different way.
I’ve even realized more about how people both in my own culture and in others see me based simply on my appearance. [...]
As I reread my blogs that I have posted over the past month I realize that I have grown drastically. I did not realize this from actually reading the blogs, but from remembering how I felt while I was writing the blogs.
The first blog I felt excited to be in Italy, but I was missing my [...]
The time that I have spent here in Urbino has been unforgettable. Coming here as a journalism student with stories to report and produce has been hard and, at times, seemingly, almost impossible. Despite all the hard work it’s been completely worth the drama and anguish.
The first week here I felt slightly like a tourist on [...]
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 stare out the train window. I’m feeling a bit smug sitting on the Eurostar with a white fedora and copy of “The International Herald Tribune” on the table before me. Next to this is my copy of “The Portable Beat Reader.” I’m trying to remember as much as I can, I don’t normally feel [...]
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 [...]