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A Viking’s Tale of the American College Experience in Florence

Ciao tutti! My name is Andrea. I am a 21 year old college student from Iceland currently studying and living in Florence, Italy. Iceland is a very small country and I can even bet that most people can’t point it out on a map. So, in effect, the culture is really small. You could say that Iceland is like a small town in America. To give you an example: if something is stolen from you or you lose it, post it ...

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Uncle Jimmy’s: A Home Away from Home

To begin, it should be understood that although Uncle Jimmy’s is not an upscale Italian bar where one can go to immerse themselves into the Italian culture, does not mean it isn’t a place to check out. Many students come 3,000 miles away from home to study abroad. That is a brave step all in its own. Familiarity with a bar or restaurant they’ve never been to, can surely make the experience easier and in man ...

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Ganzo: Life’s Learning Lab

When I moved to Florence in 2013, it was a bittersweet transition for me. While I was excited and eager to start a new life and gain more independence, at the same time, I was somewhat apprehensive that I might not fit in or would miss out on the typical American college experience. I used to envision myself moving into a dorm, becoming best friends with my roommate, and making a second home out of my belov ...

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