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Understanding

Understanding

If I had to choose one characteristic that my trip to Italy has enhanced or I appreciate more, it would be understanding. Coming into Europe, I had taken three years of high school Spanish, so I could sometimes understand what two Spanish speakers would be conversing about. So technically, I only speak English fluently. In…

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Arezzo: Day 14

Arezzo: Day 14

The final day of the PCS program began with many people getting to the airport extremely early, and others not so early. For me, however, the Extended Stay group left our Rome hotel to go back to Arezzo to lead an English Immersion day camp for local Italian kids. Our train left at 9 am…

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Arezzo: Day 13

Arezzo: Day 13

My second full day in Rome started a little bit later than our group had started in the past due to a very important event that I could have gone to, but decided to sleep in instead. The night before, some people had realized that the Pope has a mass service on each Wednesday, but…

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Arezzo: Day 12

Arezzo: Day 12

We began our first full day in Rome with a walk from our hotel to a museum attached to an old Franciscan church. This museum contained information about the history of Franciscan friars, the Cappucini, and such. After making our way through the museum, we entered the famous ossuary crypt of the Cappucini. This ossuary…

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Arezzo: Day 11

Arezzo: Day 11

We left Arezzo for Siena the next morning bright and early, where we visited the church of St. Catherine. This Franciscan church upheld the common theme between all Franciscan-style churches we had seen thus far, as in the style was quite plain, with little stained glass and not a lot of light coming into the…

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Arezzo: Day 10

Arezzo: Day 10

On the middle Sunday of our 14-day adventure, we were allowed a free day to go wherever we wanted to in Italy, as long as we were back at our hotel in Arezzo by midnight. For this free day, I teamed back up with everyone I went on a pre-PCS trip around Europe with, except…

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Arezzo: Day 9

Arezzo: Day 9

My ninth day in the PCS Arezzo trip marked the second day trip to Florence, which entailed the Accademia, the gallery where Michelangelo’s David is housed. Walking into the Accademia, I was kind of surprised by not only how small the building seemed but also the extensive security to get into the gallery. I felt like…

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Arezzo: Day 8

Arezzo: Day 8

Day 8 in Arezzo began with an hour-long train ride to Florence for the first day in one of Italy’s largest cities. Walking out of the train station in Florence, upon first impression, reminded me a lot of Milan. Many large, busy streets, but very few, if any, skyscrapers. There were many uniformly tall buildings…

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Arezzo: Day 7

Arezzo: Day 7

Since we had finished our service project in Arezzo, we began a series of day trips around Tuscany and, eventually, Lazio. The first of these day trips was to the city of Assisi. We left early that morning, a week after we had arrived in Arezzo, and began our bus ride to this historic city.…

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Arezzo: Day 6

Arezzo: Day 6

Day 6 began differently than the routine that had developed for me for the past four days. We finished our service projects at Istituto Thevenin a day early, so our advisors gave us a free morning. Needless to say, my roommate, Andres, and I slept in until we dragged ourselves out of bed. We then went to…

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