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Sabrina Sucato | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

Sabrina Sucato | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

This morning I woke up and felt like I was actually in college. Before today, life in Bologna had been pretty easy. I only had to worry about one class each day, left with most of my waking hours to explore the city and travel. Real classes started this week, though, and I am feeling slightly overwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong—the program classes at the E.C.C.O center are great. I’m taking a theater class and an Italian literature class, and I love them both. What’s freaking…

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Sabrina Sucato | Lecce, Italy | Post 1

Sabrina Sucato | Lecce, Italy | Post 1

The Journey So Far… I can’t believe that I’m actually in Italy! I’ve been so excited about this trip for months, and now I’m finally here. This whole trip has been such an experience. It was my first time on a plane and I loved it. I watched two movies and ate every snack that was offered to me. I was basically living the life. It was incredibly hot when I arrived in Lecce for the E.C.CO summer session, but I adjusted to the climate pretty…

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Skyla Lowery | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

Skyla Lowery | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

Sometime at the beginning of March, I became infected with the travel bug. I was also, unfortunately, infected with a real bug, which kept me in bed for almost two weeks. After spending almost all of February in my beloved city of Bologna, I woke up one morning at 6:00 am with a jolt and a sudden urge to go somewhere, anywhere, despite the fact that I was still pretty ill. That day, I went on a ticket-buying spree and booked three trips to Florence, Brussels, and Barcelona,…

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Skyla Lowery | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

Skyla Lowery | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

La Vita Bolognese One of the advantages of being abroad is that you’re already across the Atlantic Ocean, which means that traveling to different places for a weekend only costs about 100€ instead of $800-$1000. Anyone who’s traveled around Europe knows how wonderful it is to take a train or plane to another not-so-far-away place that speaks a different language, eats different food, and boasts different romantic stereotypes. Despite the convenience, however, I’ve decided to forego the traveller’s life for the…

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Skyla Lowery | Bologna, Italy | Post 1

Skyla Lowery | Bologna, Italy | Post 1

Gli Italiani When you move to a foreign country for six months, you expect to learn about the people and the culture there, as well as to temporarily adopt their way of life. In my case, I’ve adopted Bologna, located in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, as my international home. The perfect place to study abroad, Bologna is filled with college students and people who refuse to speak English to foreigners—as opposed to locals who cater to tourists in major cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice—which forces visitors to familiarize themselves with the language. Small enough to redner walking almost anywhere feasible and large…

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