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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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Pictures of Assisi and Florence

Filed in Blog, Italy by on February 20, 2013
Pictures of Assisi and Florence

A few photos from my trips to Assisi and Florence.

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Assisi, Italy

Filed in Blog, Italy by on February 20, 2013
Assisi, Italy

Something that I think is really cool about the Umbra Institute is that most of our classes have field trips as part of our curriculum, to places you probably wanted to go to anyway. I’ve been back to Rome on a field trip, and last Friday I went to Assisi with my class about Medieval […]

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Coffee in Italy

Filed in Blog, Italy by on February 11, 2013
Coffee in Italy

I know I already mentioned coffee in one of my posts, but a paragraph doesn’t do Italian coffee justice. Italians love coffee. It completely permeates the culture and they drink it all the time. That being said, there are an awful lot of rules about coffee drinking in Italy. In the U.S., especially on college […]

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Roma: La Cittá Eterna

Filed in Blog, Italy by on January 30, 2013
Roma: La Cittá Eterna

The second weekend in Italy, I went to Rome with three other girls from my program. Rome is a 2-3 hour train ride from Perugia, and we left at 7 a.m. This was my first experience on the Italian train system, and I was really glad one of the girls I was with had done […]

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Positives and negatives

Filed in Blog, Italy by on January 23, 2013

Despite Italy being a Western European country, there are some differences that seem pretty strange when you first arrive. A few examples: Energy (electricity) in Italy is much more expensive, so they don’t use as much here. That means only keeping the heat in your apartment on for about seven hours a day. This makes […]

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Perugia in pictures

Filed in Blog, Italy by on January 16, 2013
Perugia in pictures

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Getting there

Filed in Blog, Italy by on January 7, 2013

I made it to Perugia without any trouble, for which I was grateful. This post focuses on some advice I have for traveling as a study abroad student. Read the papers that your university or program gives you. They gave it to you because it’s relevant, and it has important information in it, even if […]

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Before I go

Filed in Blog, Italy by on January 2, 2013

To start, I’d like to introduce myself — I’m Laura, a junior from the University of Missouri, and I’m studying international studies and anthropology. I love to read, write, take pictures and learn new things. I don’t really remember what first sparked my love of traveling. I think it probably goes back to visiting my aunt […]

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