Villa Borghese

Parco: Park Ciao! It’s finally springtime in Rome! This means the weather is warmer, the sun is out and there are more outdoor places to venture to in the city. One of my favorite new finds is Villa Borghese! This park is super similar to Central Park in New York City, except a little smaller. … More Villa Borghese

I Love Markets

Mercato: Market Ciao! There are so many exciting things to discover while exploring Europe. One of my favorite things to find in any city is the local market! I love the chaotic atmosphere, bustling environment and fresh ambience! You can always depend on a market to sell delicious, local and CHEAP food (which is very … More I Love Markets

Quarter System Goodbyes

Arrivederci, miei amici: Goodbye, my friends Ciao! This week was filled with the stress of studying for finals and sadness from saying goodbye to friends. My study abroad program is a unique one that combines University of California quarter-system schools and semester-system schools. The winter quarter officially ends this week, so my quarter-system friends are going back … More Quarter System Goodbyes

Venezia!

Venezia: Venice Ciao! During my time in the study abroad program, I have heard time and time again from my peers that Venice is overrated. They all went to Venice toward the beginning of program during the Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice) and came back with bad reviews. They said it was too crowded and unpleasant. However, I decided … More Venezia!

St. Patrick’s Day

Giorno di San Patrizio: Saint Patrick’s Day Ciao! I initially believed that not many people in Rome or in even Italy would celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I figured that only people in Ireland or America really participate in this holiday. However, people in Rome put up little displays to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. There are a lot … More St. Patrick’s Day