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Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri. Destination: Florence, Italy. Daily anxieties before departure included: constantly being alone, paranoid, and lost. So far, the only truth to my previous fears is that I don’t know where I’m going most of the time. I began blog after blog trying to sum up these past three weeks, but I realized [...]Read More
Dear Dee, I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy. And now that my bags are by the door, I realize that I am leaving my home for a whole new country! I am nervous and excited. What would be the one piece of advice that you would give to me and others who are considering [...]Read More
This past weekend, API took us on an excursion to the city of Lucca and the region of Cinque Terre. I’d been told not to miss out on the excursions, and after two weeks of city living in Florence, I wasn’t about to pass up a visit to the sea. While I’d heard of and [...]Read More
It’s my first morning in Caen, and my brain is absolutely muddled and fried. I’m hopelessly fatigued from translating my host family’s rapid-fire French into my native English at 8:00 in the morning, I’m still incredibly jet lagged (it’s midnight at home… I should still be asleep!), and hungry enough to eat an entire baguette [...]Read More
Students who travel abroad generally have an orientation before departure, usually through an online package provided by the study abroad program, and one right after arrival, usually in a classroom setting in the host country. In these orientations the first thing that the student is bound to hear concerns culture shock. Culture shock is the [...]Read More