Heather Baysa, is a sophomore at NYU studying abroad in Florence for the semester plans to major in creative writing and comparative literature and hopes to pursue a career in journalism or publishing.
I've concluded that it's the walk. Speeding down my street each morning
as if I'm 15 minutes late for something, even when I have nowhere in particular
to be, I stand out among the Florentines, whose measured steps and leisurely
strolls belie any stress or pressing engagements.
When I was approached by the third American tourist in two days (this one asking me which way to ‘Cavour Street’), I decided it was time to venture over to the other, supposedly more residential, side of the Arno. While I am not complaining about living within blocks of some of the world’s most […]
Students search for cultural enlightenment There is nothing that can create a sense of community quite like sports, and this made me think that if I wanted to really get to know Florence, sport might be an ideal place to start. It didn’t take long to realize that calcio is king throughout […]
Let me tell
you about my first day in Florence-not because I want to share the details of my
trip, but to explain the overwhelming sense of cultural ambiguity that I, and a
surprising number of my fellow study abroad students at NYU, have been
wrestling with since we