Katie OOConnor studies English and Italian at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is spending her junior year abroad taking language classes at Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri (CLIDA) while completing course work at the Universitt degli Studi di Firenze. She loves living in Florence.
In Florence, only one sport reigns supreme: calcio, or football, as our English cousins call it. Calcio is not to be confused in any way with ‘football Americano', but take note of the similarity in the reverence with which both are treated by their fans.
One Sunday, some
When the eight of us gathered in Florence in early September, 2008, we were full of dreams about a month of travel around Europe from our base in Italy. However, we found our days were much busier than anticipated. Preparing for a year at the Università degli Studi di
It's the start of my second semester abroad in the enchanting city of Firenze, but for many other students, it is just the beginning of the culture unraveling that is to be expected with any new place.
Italy is far more than just any other study abroad experience,