Umbra Institute, Perugia, Italy
I’m a Sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder majoring in Anthropology. I was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Denver, Colorado by a Romanian mother and a father from Wyoming, so I wanted to add another city (and language) to the confusion and study abroad in Perugia, Italy! Join me as I fumble through the semester with limited Italian and plenty of espresso.
Well, I did it. Four months, a few plane rides, and somewhere close to 200 shots of espresso (I did the math) later, I’m sitting in my parents' living room again. As I dip the Italian cookies I ‘brought for my family’ in my cappuccino, I can’t help but… More
Preparing to Return from a Semester Abroad I was recently sitting in class, and with the semester rapidly nearing an end, we were having a discussion (or at least trying to given that we were only permitted to speak in Italian) regarding our time in… More
One of the questions I was most frequently asked prior to going abroad was, “Why?” More specifically, “Why so soon?” given that I was just entering my sophomore year and would be one of the youngest in my program of around 90 students. I often replied… More
I’ve officially been abroad for a month, and seeing as I caught my first ‘change of seasons’ cold, I have some time (in-between sneezes) to reflect on my experiences and adventures thus far. One of the most memorable weekends was when I jetted off to… More
Upon arriving in Perugia I was blown away by all of the beauty that surrounded me; the food, fashion, architecture, and above all else the beautiful people. The women of Perugia always seem to have tan, glowing and dewy skin (compared to the sweat that… More