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Como se dice “yum” in italiano?

emily on the duomo

I’m sorry if I have been a little quiet the past week or two, I’ve been busy getting settled into my apartment in Florence. Yup, Florence as in Florence, Italy. I have officially started the second leg of my amazing semester abroad. I have already had some interesting experiences here, but I’ll save that for another post. This subject is much more pressing: the food.

Obviously Italy is known for its food, and for good reason. I have been here for exactly thirteen days and I have already had the best gelato, sandwich, and duck that I have ever tasted. Let’s start with the Italian classic: the gelato. The first gelato i had was dark chocolate and it was the creamiest, most chocolate-y thing I have ever eaten! However, that feat was quickly defeated by an amazing hot chocolate I tried that was more chocolate than liquid. (And that was from McDonald’s! Try finding such an amazing cup of hot chocolate anywhere in America, let alone any McDonald’s in America. Actually don’t try, you won’t) Then I realized that there is a great gelato place literally next to my building that has one euro gelato. Yup, one euro! I don’t know if you can tell by my use of italics but this is all very exciting for me.

italy restaurant

For my birthday, my roommates and I went to a restaurant owned by a father and son duo that makes traditional Tuscan food. I asked the waiter (who was hilarious as a side note) what the best thing on the menu was and said “yeah that. I want that.” I didn’t know what it was but it smelled amazing when it came to the table (it turned out to be duck with really wide homemade noodles). I highly suggest this technique to anyone who finds themselves at a restaurant where you can’t read the menu. Or any restaurant for that matter – live a little!

best sandwich in the entire world period

Now, onto the best part. (Yeah, it’s getting better) I have had the official best sandwich in the world. I don’t care what you or anyone else has to say about some sandwich you ate who knows where that was “awesome”. No, I’m stopping you right there. This sandwich was the most delicious thing I have ever had the pleasure of eating. The bread was buttery and flaky and the prosciutto was salty but not too fatty and there was vegetables and this amazing buttery cheese spread thing that I don’t even know what it is but oh my goodness I couldn’t even find the words to describe it if I did. Plus it was HUGE and only five euros!! This place is also conveniently located right down the street from me (who knew I’d have such a prime location?) so I’ll definitely be eating more of their heart-stopping amazing bread and meats.

This post is getting a little long, and very self-indulgent. I’ll end with our greatest accomplishment – finding the secret bakery. It opens at 12 am and everything is fresh and…you know what we shouldn’t even be talking about this. It’s a secret! You will just have to come to Florence and ask for the secret bakery and see (I mean taste)  for yourself.

–Emily–

First week fair (Part two)

There were so many great tables at the first week fair I couldn’t possibly fit them all in one post, so here is some more!

cvThe department of student life, they are always at the best things going on at FIT. This time they had a raffle going on!

k studyFIT’s study abroad program! All of the programs are listed there is you want to find out anymore information you can go to FITNYC.edu/studyabroad

tachTech Help! Having a problem with your computer? the internet? angel? Go visit them in the C building- room c307a. There hours are Mon- Friday, 8:30-10pm. You can call them also at 212.217.HELP or email them at techhelp@fitnyc.edu

syThe student association, such amazing people, vibrant and so much fun!

sustainabilty councilThe sustainability council at FIT. The eighth annual sustainable business and design conference people, planet, and prosperity: Measuring Our Impact. This will take place on April 8th from 8:30am to 5:30pm. More information will be posted at fitnyc.edu/sustainabilityconfence.

resResidential Life department, always have the best give aways at FIT events.

athFIT athletics and recreation. Keep in mind any events that you may attend at FIT you must have your FIT ID and proper attire.

fitableThe office of FITABLE- the office of disability services at FIT is available to help everyone and anyone no matter what!divJoin FIT diversity council!

There was so much to see and do at the first week fair, any events on campus that are coming up I highly suggest you take time out of your busy schedule to go! You may even bump into me!:)

Xoxo Kailee

 

Prepare to be Scared

Ok this is going to sound really nerdy…because it is. One of the things I love to do while traveling is go on ghost tours. People have died everywhere around the world and chances are no matter what large city you are in someone wants to tell their story.

There are two types of ghost tours. One is for people who are interested in the actual spirits; “The World’s Most Haunted” type, who research special energy tracking devices. I have never been on one of these before but they seem intense and like a Halloween haunted house attraction except scarier. I prefer the ghost tours that are more about the stories and the history of the city. I think it is the best way to learn the most interesting tidbits about a city that you would never hear by going to the most famous attractions.

New York obviously has had its share of deaths and there are many enthusiasts who will take you down the streets for a small price. The one I have been on in New York is called ”Greenwich Ghosts” and the woman who took us was incredibly fun. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, ghost tours are a really fun, kitsch way to spend an evening and will give you great party stories.

–Emily–

Amazing Memories

This winter break was the best break I have had at FIT thus far. It really helped me get focused and ready to go back again. I had so many adventures with friends and family, that I will always cherish. This was also the first time I didn’t take an online class over break, which was definitely why I relaxed just a little bit more. The beginning of break you saw my adventure blog posts, I went to Atlantic City ( won some money), and hang out with some friends. SO much more has happened since then.

afefaeMy best friend turned 21!( She is in the red dress) so for her birthday we went to PACHA in NYC. It was one of the coolest places I have had the pleasure of going to. There was two floors, a basement, all kinds of entertainment, and guest appearances. PACHA was actually very safe and well monitored. We had a blast, keep in mind if you want to go out for the night it can be a little pricey. Also you have to be over 19 to get in.

wdlHere is another picture of us before we got there. My two best friends Nadia ( next to me) and Ashvini ( birthday girl on the opposite end). They live at an apartment on campus. They all go to Rutgers, which is a few short minutes away from my hometown. Definitely one of the best memories I made over break.

 

 

 

 

naOne of the biggest things that happened over break was my best friend wasn’t aloud to go back to her school for the semester because she failed a class. This is a very devastating time in your life if it happens to you. It has happened to me, and many of my friends. Not as bad as not going back to school, because each school is different. But it definitely messed up my schedule the past two semesters. But hey, it is ok and you will get through it. Your not alone, I promise. It may seem like your world is ending, but failing at something just means your going to be ten times better at it the next time, or maybe not but that’s fine too. You just have to find yourself and what works for you. But on the plus side I now have my best friend home for the semester ( so I will have some great stories :) )

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I also met up with my old friend Elliot, who I used to work with a long time ago. He really motivated me at the gym, and is a jujitsu fighter so he taught me a couple things. You always need to know how to defend yourself in the city, especially girls remember that. Sadly we only started hanging out towards the end of break, and now I’m back at school. But who knows there might even be a little love interest there:) You’ll find out soon, keep reading!

 

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I even made some money over break. I worked like crazy, because we all know back to school can be expensive. ( the picture only has about 9 dollars in it haha). But I made more then that trust me. All and all I had a great winter break, with lots of laughter, adventures, and great memories. I’m going to miss everyone back home but I’ll be home. It’s never the same though ,once I’m back at school… But this semester hold a lot of crazy adventures and actives ,so stay tuned!

Xoxo Kailee

 

 

 

Blush Magazine

Looking back on my first semester, there were definitely good and bad moments.  Some of my best moments happened with Blush Magazine; the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT.  I found out about the club at the Club Fair at the beginning of the year.  I signed up to be on the email list and I marked down that I’d be interested in doing the photography for the magazine.  I have met some incredibly nice, creative, and amazing people within the club that are all very passionate about the same things that I am.  Blush Magazine comes out with a new issue seasonally and we published our Winter 2013 issue in December.  I am the Senior Photo Editor for the magazine and I couldn’t be happier.  I highly recommend joining Blush Magazine and any clubs that you are interested in.  It can really enrich your FIT experience and you have incredible opportunities to meet some pretty fantastic people.

Winter Issue of Blush Magazine

Winter Issue of Blush Magazine

xx,
Ashley

All Work and No Play Makes Emily a Dull Girl

This trip to Panamá is an International Trade and Marketing class where each student is responsible for researching and presenting a report on a topic of his or her own choice. It requires quite a bit of preemptive secondary research to be done before landing in Panamá, as well as a lot of on site research. However, that doesnot mean that this trip is all business.

We have visited many companies and organizations – some that are extremely serious and focused on the business of the Panamá canal in the Free Trade Zone, as well as the United States Embassy in Panamá. (To be honest much of these excursions went over my head as I do not posses the ITM background that would have made them really stand out for me.) However, it is important to also experience the culture of the country. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:

The Panamá Canal turns 100 this year!


The Panamá Canal turns 100 this year!


It’s not my fault it’s snowing in New York and I get to lay on the beach

Traditional Panamanian dancing

French Conversation in Paris

Panamá will be the second interim class I have taken abroad. The summer after my freshman year I took the French Conversation in Paris class. Needless to say, Paris was amazing and I would return there in a heartbeat. The “class” part was really morning reviews of what we would have learned in earlier classes as well as discussions about what we did the day before and what we were going to do that day.  The class mostly consisted of trips around Paris and sometimes the outlying areas. We lived very centrally in Paris on Rue de Sèvres across from Le Bon Marché. It was amazing to go out every day and see a new part of Paris.

Obviously the first thing was bought the cheapest wine we could find and drank it on the Seine

Obviously, a class like this all depends on previous experiences with the French language, as well as your willingness to become part of a new culture. I have to say many of my classmates seemed uncomfortable with their French and would often shy away from using it out of embarrassment. If I had one piece of advice it would be to immerse yourself as much as possible! Trust me, everyone knows you are not French, but if you really try to speak the language as best you can and are polite most people will find you endearing…and then switch to English. Also, the best parts of Paris are the places most people could not find if they were only there for one week. Yes, the famous monuments are amazing and you should visit them (I mean, who wants to say they lived in Paris for three weeks and never went to the top of l’Arc de Triomphe?)  But some of the best memories I have are going to little restaurants late at night with just a few friends and trying to see if we could get the waiter to believe we were really Parisian, or making a midnight picnic on the lawn under the Eiffel Tower. This is where you will meet people who not only are friendly, but will also most likely strike up a conversation with you, and tell you about even better places to go! Being in one city for three weeks allows you to see everything that interests you. For example, a tiny museum on the outskirts of Paris was having a show on Balenciaga and Comme des Garçons that I would definitely not have been able to see on a normal tourist trip. I don’t know if I have ever been more proud of myself than after I realized I could walk the streets of Paris without a map (it was the central part of Paris, but still).

One evening my friends and I went to the famous cafe just to read and drink chocolat chaud

Study abroad programs during the summer and winter are really amazing, especially if there is anything stopping you from studying abroad for an entire semester or year. Also, the classes are much more relaxed and give you a feeling of the city that I think compares to spending a whole semester there but having more classes.

Giverny, where Monet painted the Water Lilies

Jim Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery

–Emily–

Winter in New York

“It was winter in New York as the snow began to fall…” -Ragtime (Pardon my inner theatre geek)

Winter in New York City is just as incredible as everyone says it is.  While yes, it is absolutely freezing, it is incredibly beautiful.  There are certain things that you have to do whether or not you believe in being a “tourist” in the city.
Here are my top 6 essentials/todo list in the city to survive the winter:

  1. Wear good boots!  You don’t want your feet to be cold or wet from the slush and snow on the streets.  Don’t leave the dorms or your apartment thinking “Oh, I’ll be fine” because you will be miserable within the first 10 minutes.
  2. Get a warm coat.  Just like #1, you need to stay warm.  I highly recommend a coat that goes past your waist to keep more of your body warm.
  3. Accessories are a requirement.  Break out all your beanies, gloves, scarves, and fuzzy socks because the time is now.  Comfy and cute is a fashion statement, people!
  4. Go see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree!  It really is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Anyone who follows you on Instagram will immediately envy the legendary and beautiful tree that is right before your eyes.
  5. Go ice skating!  Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center have fantastic rinks.  The holidays and wintertime will really hit you when you’re on the ice and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
  6. Central Park in the wintertime.  Do I need to say more?

Stay warm!
xx,
Ashley

Ho, Ho, Ho.. A bit Later

Hey guys, Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a feast (and got those shoes they were secretly hoping for). Even though Christmas is technically over (here in DR it isn’t over until January 6th ) there is still plenty of Christmas spirit going on in the streets. If this is your favorite holiday and you are still in NYC take a stroll outside down Madison Avenuenutcracker Radio City Music HallTrainReindeersChristmas LightsChristmas  Balls(I understand it’s freezing but quick snap chats to make your friends jealous will make it worth it). Every block is nicely decorated with lights, trees, nutcracker and so much more. Downton Abbey truckThere is also a Downton Abbey Truck giving out free tea and biscuits (in my worst English accent) right by Bryant Park. You could also proclaim your love in the snow for fun as I usually do (although, I’m not sure this car owner would agree haha).Car Snow

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand you could sit at home, and upload pictures of all your gifts and brag about them (like I will do in a few). Well, first I’m really proud that I got my mom two pairs of Manolo Blahniks (yep, you heard right and on a student budget). Manolo BlahnikSeriously no joke, it is one of the perks of being at a fashion school, your friends get to work at sample sales and shoes like these are at a special discount price for them such as (GUESS… nope.. LOWER.. nope…LOWER) ok, I’ll tell you $25 a pair.

 

 

 

Second, I’m delighted with the pearl necklace my boyfriend got me (delighted is an understatement, I have fallen in Love).Majorica Git bagPearl Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to brag about your gifts :) , can’t wait!

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

Winter Break Adventures- #2!

 ITALY TO NYC :

As you all may or may not know back at home in New Jersey I work for an Italian restaurant, they are literally like my family. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work, everyone is so nice and they really appreciate you. So I wanted to do something for them to give back a little. One of the guys I work with named Carlo, had his niece and her boyfriend coming from Italy and they had to see NYC.

We had such a fun filled day, first we went to the mall to buy jeans and clothes for them ( don’t ask me why but people from Europe love our jeans). It was very hard for me at first because I was the only one that spoke English, I can understand Italian to some extent but I cant hold an entire conversation.  So I felt very out of place , but then we went out to lunch and his niece and I automatically bonded, what girl no matter where your from doesn’t love shopping and food!

Soon it was time to go back to work and pick everyone up to head to New York. We ended up taking three cars with everyone, Carlo ( the pizza guy ) his niece and her boyfriend, Joe( one of the other servers), Mino ( Chef) and Mino’s daughters and his girlfriend. There was so many of us, it was hard to keep track of everyone on the parkway.

Finally we were getting close, everyone in the car was freaking out because it was there first time in New York. Taking pictures of the buildings, with each other, of all the traffic, of everything you could possibly think of. We parked on 8th avenue and 30th street, at a place called the park and lock ( it was really cheap). Then we walked up towards school and met up with my friend Nicole ( one of the girls I’ve written about from school before). They were amazed by all the buildings and especially our school. They kept asking me ” You come here everyday” ” Don’t you love it” ” Your so cool”, which living in NYC must be amazing, but commuting isn’t always as fun.  Everyone was all together now and I had to take them onto the subway so we could get to times square. It was about six o’clock and at that point the subways are packed ( Its rush hour ).  We had to try to squeeze about 20 people in one subway car to stick together, I didn’t think it was going to be possible but we did it! We went to times square went to the TOYS R US, took pictures with  the characters, ate some pretzels and dirty water dogs, and had a ton of fun! If you’ve never been to times square I highly suggest it the two best times to go are in the summer, and right before Christmas you see a lot of interesting things.

-  That’s us in the subway ( from left to right ) Carlo, Nicole, Me, Joe.

Make sure you pay the characters, they work for tips and they will bug you after if you don’t tip them ( I learned the hard way ) I never took a picture with a character in times square before!

Then last but not least we made our way to the tree, there faces lite up as they saw it in front of them, I don’t know why but my favorite thing to see in NYC is peoples faces the first time they see anything, they look at it with such beauty and awe. When your in the city everyday that look in your eyes gets taken away from you, you become a New Yorker, its a part of everyday life.

 

Just being away for a few days gave me that twinkle back to appreciate everything in the city. It made me feel amazing to be able to show people around and tell them about everything, and impress them with my navigating skills.

We had such a nice time, if you get a chance go see the tree before Christmas!- XOXO Kailee