As Maria so eloquently put, just a mere four months ago, I began this once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an Academic Year abroad here in Firenze. It was one of the the most amazing, challenging, and life-changing decisions … Continue reading
11 Novembre 2017 @ 10:30 AM
CIAO A TUTTI!
After a 2 ½ hour train ride, 3 professors and 28 FD students, including myself, have arrived in Venice, for a short overnight trip! A couple weeks ago, I’d seen a few of celebrities riding around in gondolas in Venice through some of the blogs and as I stepped out the train station, I had one of those ‘Am I Really Here’ moments! It was surreal that I’m now in Venice!
Venice is the capital of the Veneto region, in Northern Italy. It is built on a series of small islands in the Adriatic Sea. Being in a city that in certain places appears to be built on land, but actually built on water, was very interesting and scary at the same time. No cars, no roads, no buses, no mopeds, no bikes. This was another way of living and for two short days I am glad I was able to experience this. It forced me to put my mental GPS thinking cap on and use a map and figure out my way to maneuver in the city.
Despite the cold weather and fog during the trip, I was able to capture some good shots during my days in Venice!
Generator Hostel – I think this is the best hostel I’ve ever been to. The food, music, furniture, people and staff were amazing. After a long day of touring around, upon returning to the hostel, there were a lot of people downstairs in the lobby on their laptops working, reading, talking, enjoying dinner. It was a lot of positive energy at this hostel! And, the décor is beautiful.
Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa (Frari) – One of the greatest churches in Venice! Very beautiful full of amazing works of art, monuments, sculptural and wooden works, and pictorial images.
San Marco – A very populated area with great views of the gondolas and canals as you walk over the bridges!
12 Novembre 2017 @ 8:30 AM
Taking a walk – I wake up very early, between 5:30 – 6:00 am, and nothing changed in Venice! I prepared myself for the day and headed down for breakfast and had some spare time to walk around near the hotel to take some pictures
Biennale – A beautifully curated, emotion-evoking, inspiring and very unique exhibition. Our great tour guide, showed us the French, American, Russian, Belgium and Japan exhibition. Each building has an artist’s work from that specific location.
Venice, was AMAZING! If we had the opportunity to stay longer, I would’ve definitely walked around more to learn about the city, culture and take some more pictures!
As we head into the last few weeks of the semester, good luck to all prospective students with applications, final exams, term garments, projects etc.!
Miyah from FD1