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Christmas!  It was officially Christmas.

Starting a couple of weeks ago, I began seeing the signs of Christmas. Thankfully, Italians don’t shove the Christmas spirit in your face the way that Americans do. Christmas decorations appear very slowly and slowly get you into the holiday spirit. Window displays started showing Christmas sweaters, hats, scarves, and gloves. Then, the CioccoShow arrived.

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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

As a theatre major, I have a huge obsession with the most amazing playwright of all time:  William Shakespeare.  Back in the states I have every play he wrote and I have read them all at least once.  However, there is one copy that sits on my shelf battered, highlighted, torn, but loved:  Romeo and Juliet.  It is hands down my favorite of all time.  Therefore, I knew that sometime during my stay in Bologna this year that I needed to go to Verona.

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A Fun and Fashionable Weekend

Ciao belli ragazzi!

I just wanted to wish you a belated HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!  Sorry, it’s one of my favorite holidays, so I wanted to give it a shout out in this blog since I failed to do anything fun on Halloween itself.

In my mind, Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season, and thankfully the Italians agree!  In Italy, All Saints Day (November 1) is considered a national holiday.  Classes are cancelled, most shops close, and everyone went away for the weekend.  So two friends and I decided to head west to Milan for a couple of days.

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Girls’ Weekend and Modena

Happy two month anniversary to Bologna and me!!! To celebrate, I decided to share this lovely event with three other people.  My mom and two family friends decided to have a girls’ weekend in Bologna.  They arrived on a Friday at noon and left before noon on Tuesday.  Needless to say, I am still worn out.  Trying to pack everything I have learned about this amazing city into four days was exhausting to say the least.

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First Day of School!

October 8, 2012, marked my first day of classes here in Bologna.  Well, my first university class, that is.  That morning I woke up at 7am, determined to get a couple things done before going off to class. The class I have chosen to take at the Università di Bologna this semester is called Storia Medievale (Medieval History).  I arrived at the history departments building, which is roughly a 15-20 minute walk from my apartment, around 8:45-8:50am.  Then, I sat outside watching students come and go.

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A Vineyard, A Villa, and Ravenna

Ciao ragazzi!

It has been another amazing week here in Bologna. I don’t think I have even processed what has happened this past week. We’re about halfway through our pre-session program to get us back into an academic mindset.

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La Grassa, Mio Dio!

So because I’ve had people asking me about the food here in Italy, I figured I’d give you a blog about it.  So just as a base reference:  Bologna is called La Dotta, La Grassa, La Rossa.  In English, The Learned, The Fat, The Red.  Bologna is a gastronomic capital for the world.  It has some of the best food ever.

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