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Laura

Laura

Laura is studying international studies and anthropology at MU. She spent the spring 2013 semester at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy.

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Il luogo del cuore

Filed in Blog, Italy by on May 2, 2013

Well I’m back in Missouri. And of course, everyone asks me how my trip was. And I smile and I say that it was fabulous, amazing, marvelous. And people seem content with that. I feel, however, that this is completely inadequate. There’s no way I can explain everything I feel about the experience that I […]

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Capturing the little moments

Filed in Blog, Italy by on April 24, 2013
Capturing the little moments

As an ad-on to my “Goodbye for now” post, I’m adding a few pictures that I think have captured what I do every day in Perugia — I made sure to take pictures all day long yesterday so I could post! Hope you all enjoy my last post from Italy!

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Language barriers

Filed in Blog, Italy by on April 24, 2013

One of the most difficult things during studying abroad is language and communication. In America, we take for granted the fact that basically everyone we meet (particularly in the Midwest) speaks fluent English, and making oneself understood in any part of our great country is not an issue. And I’m definitely guilty of being annoyed […]

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Goodbye for now

Filed in Blog, Italy by on April 23, 2013
Goodbye for now

This is my last week in Perugia! Time has gone by faster than I thought was possible. My study abroad experience has been everything that I could have hoped for — new experiences, new friendships and new perspectives. And though this semester has had some mind-blowing, life changing sort of experiences, I think it’s the little […]

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Fare le fotografie

Filed in Blog, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy by on April 17, 2013
Fare le fotografie

You have probably noticed I like to take a lot of pictures. Here’s a few from my travels to Prague, Budapest and southern Italy!

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Italia vs. USA

Filed in Blog, Italy by on April 9, 2013

For this blog post, I decided to do a little comparison between Italy and America on a few things, and share my humble opinion on who does it better. Coffee: You might have guessed by now I really like Italian coffee (check out my entire blog post about it if you have doubts!). Italy certainly […]

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Czech me out

Filed in Blog, Czech Republic, Italy by on April 1, 2013
Czech me out

I had a trip to Prague planned this weekend for a really long time. I had everything planned perfectly — the train, the flight, getting to my hostel to meet my friends.  Unfortunately, fate had other plans for me that morning. My train was delayed for over an hour and, consequently, I missed my flight.  […]

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Famous sights

Filed in Blog, France, Italy, United Kingdom by on March 11, 2013
Famous sights

Photos of a few of Europe’s most Iconic landscapes.

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Home again

Filed in Blog, France, Italy by on March 11, 2013

I’m back in Perugia after 10 days of spring break. It was awesome and exciting, but it’s nice to be home. I went to four amazing cities over break: London, which I posted about already, and then Paris, Venice and Verona. Paris was a beautiful city. I spent three days there with one of the […]

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London Town

Filed in Blog, Italy, United Kingdom by on February 25, 2013

I’m on spring break this week! Currently in London with three girls from Umbra. Something I’ve noticed about traveling, in Italy and now in the U.K., is how nice people are. I feel like when you say you’re going on a trip, everyone automatically tells you to be careful, to not talk to anyone. And […]

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