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Chris McCann | Bolonga, Italy | Post 1

Chris McCann | Bolonga, Italy | Post 1

As much as I have missed starting the new school year with the energy that accompanies Vassar in August, the transition to pumpkin spice lattes or to the autumn colors of the Hudson Valley, I must confess that I do not regret my choice to spend the first semester of my junior year in Italy! I tried to think of a great way to start this series of Far and Away blogs but since one of the most common questions…

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Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 4

Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 4

I have always wondered about the origin of the seemingly illogical term “flying off the handle” indicating absurd anger. Actually, I have never thought about this, but it is at the very least a tenuous transition into the subject of this blog post, in which I detail my experience flying off the boot shaped peninsula of Italy to Sicily, the soccer ball the Italian boot seems to be kicking. In a way, I sort of jumped onto the trip to…

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Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

A Tour Guide in Italy March here in Bologna has been a month of visitors and midterms, which both have presented an opportunity for me to pretend I know more than I do, albeit to two very different audiences. The first audience consisted of my girlfriend visiting during the first half of Vassar’s spring break and my mother and brother, who arrived a few days ago. The other, of course, included my professors, hoping for verbose and accurate explanations of…

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Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

More Freedom in Italy My second month in Italy has been an effective loosening of the leash on the part of the program directors. Perhaps that is a bad metaphor, because the program trips on the first weekend to see mosaics and towers are not a limiting or controlling experience in the slightest. What I mean to say is that our tours around Bologna and nearby cities were similar to taking a dog for a spin around the suburbs, and…

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Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 1

Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 1

Just to preface this, I have not composed anything in English outside of messaging apps or Snapchat captions in almost a month, so if my phrasing seems a little out of whack, it’s not my fault that I’m worldly. It is my fault that I seem to only have the capacity to master prepositions in one language total. I noticed this because along with my now moderate capacity at getting Italian prepositions right, I also have said things to the…

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Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 5

Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 5

I’m writing this as I sit in the Budapest airport on my way back from my last overnight trip this semester (if you go abroad to Europe, go there. It’s cheap and beautiful and there are thermal baths. #dreams), almost a week after finishing all of my finals (the last one was May 11, lol @ VC finals week). My studying time for my last two finals was interrupted by my parents visiting and my spending five days in Lago…

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Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 4

Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 4

I have basically a month left in Bologna, which means that I’m almost at the end of classes, and I’ve even started taking some finals. The only one I’ve taken so far was for my Unibo course, which was an oral exam that counted for my whole grade. This test, as described by the professor, seemed like it was going to be pretty chill, but during the actual test the professor asked me the most random questions that were literally…

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Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

Though I’ve been in Bologna for almost three months, I’m still far from knowing all about this city. For example, after seeing a play, my friend and I got lost on our way home, took a random bus headed in the general direction we needed, and tried to find our way back to the center of town without any maps. I saw the white and black lights of Sephora like a beacon in the distance that led me home (pretty…

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Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

Now that I am almost two months into my time in Bologna, I’m finally following a regular academic schedule. My course at UniBo, Sociolinguistics, is pretty interesting, but the professor basically whispers when he lectures. He also lectures for the entire two-hour period; one time he even went through an article in class and summarized it instead of us having us read and discuss it. This didactic style is typical at UniBo, but it takes some getting used to coming…

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Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 1

Shereen Sodder | Bologna, Italy | Post 1

I’ve been in Bologna for about four weeks now, and I’m still getting used to the lifestyle and cultural differences here. Probably the most pressing cultural difference for me is the great quest to find tea in a country that pretty much drinks exclusively coffee. Tea does exist here, but it’s mostly the shitty store brand ones or weird flavored teas I can’t be bothered with or one centigram of chai for 15 euros. I’ve also had to get used…

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