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How A Semester in Florence Changed My Perspective and My Future

Jan 19, 2019 10:35:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

For Payton Meyer, studying abroad was a chance to see what her future could look like. After experiencing a multicultural and global society and interacting with people from different ethnicities, she's drawn to the magnitude of possibilities that the world holds for her. In her last post, Payton reflects on the most influential highlights of her study abroad experience and what's next for her.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

A Student’s Guide to Street Art in Florence

Jan 12, 2019 12:38:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

Florence is known as THE city for art and history. One of the lesser known types of art in this city is its street art. In this week's post, Payton tells us about the street art scene in Florence and gives us some background on the artists and their inspiration for adorning the city with their expressions.

Everyone knows that Florence is chock full of art, just about everywhere you look. Generally when you think of art in Florence, your mind jumps to the renaissance, and artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli, Brunelleschi...I could go on and on. Florence is the home of the renaissance, but there’s so many other art forms that have been practiced here. One of them, that is pretty much impossible to ignore, is street art.

Street art lines the walls and street signs of Florence, in many different forms. In one single block you can find illegible graffiti, paste ups of Italian poetry, sculptures popping out of the wall, gorgeous paintings of people of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and cheeky stickers with links to different movements and initiatives. I’ve taken notice of a few recurring motifs in the street art that I see all around town, and done some research to find out the meaning and the artists behind these urban masterpieces. So, without further ado, here are 3 different local street artists in Florence to follow during your semester abroad!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

How to Take Great Photos of your Semester Abroad

Jan 1, 2019 9:07:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

Whether you're snapping photos to share with your favorite people, keep for memories, or do it for the 'gram, there are simple methods you can follow for a great shot. In this week's post, Payton shares 3 vital tips to help you level up your skills and take a great photos of your semester abroad and travels. So, go out, experience your new city—and don't forget to take photos!

Here’s my take on how to get good photos of your experience while traveling/studying abroad, for your blog or just for the memories! 

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

9 Less-Obvious Must-Do's for a Semester in Florence

Dec 27, 2018 9:23:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton has rounded up the 9 things you must do to get the most out of Florence. Wondering which spots to visit and study in, as well as the best views to enjoy and activities to try just like a local? Read on to see what Payton has suggested—from rollerblading to trying the tastiest gelato!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

4 Benefits of Studying Abroad in Florence During the Holiday Season

Dec 17, 2018 12:04:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

While the spending the holiday season abroad can bring about some homesickness, it also give you the chance to experience another culture during a special time of year.  CAPA blogger Payton is making the most of spending the holiday season in Florence, Italy. Read more as she she takes us around to see the a tree lighting, Christmas markets and more!

Ciao! Last week was the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, an Italian national holiday that rings in the Christmas festivities every year. The holiday is celebrated with, you guessed it, a feast, as well as parades, a Christmas tree lighting, and projection light shows! So now Christmas is in full swing here in Florence! Here are a few highlights so far:

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

An Interview with My Ganzo! Family

Dec 12, 2018 7:00:14 PM / by Payton Meyer

What better way to learn about Florence than by turning to the locals? In this week's post, Payton interviews Giacomo, Sabrina, and Bianca from her Ganzo! family in Florence and gets their perspective on Florentine culture, food, things to do in the city, and cultural insights.

At this point in the semester, I feel like I’ve gotten to know my Ganzo! family pretty well, and, since they speak such good English, I thought I’d ask them a few questions for my blog this week and get some perspective on things from the locals here. To jog your memory: Giacomo and Sabrina, the parents, are both journalists, and Bianca is their 16-year-old daughter. Gregorio, the 13-year old son, decided to sit this one out. Here are some of the things we discussed during my last visit, over a huge pan of tiramisu that Sabrina made (she may have caught on that it’s my favorite!)

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

Feeling Grateful for Daily Life as a Student in Florence

Nov 22, 2018 10:45:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton expresses what she's grateful for—the chance to experience a semester abroad and Thanksgiving in Florence. Her daily life hasn't been the same since the beginning of the fall, so read on to see what her new routine and habits are like and how she'll be spending Thanksgiving abroad.

Ciao! This week, I thought I would describe a typical day in the life of a CAPA student, and why I find it so interesting to live and study in Florence. First, let’s talk about Mondays.

On a typical Monday morning, I wake up around 10 am and start my stroll to class shortly after. I live about a 15-minute walk (20 minutes if I’m feeling hungry and stop for a croissant) from CAPA, and make my way through one of my favorite squares in the city, Piazza Della Repubblica, preceded by alleys lined with high-end designer retail stores. The square has been under construction since I’ve been in Florence, making it a bit less picturesque, but I’ve been able to see some pretty cool Roman ruins that lie beneath the Florentine streets as a result of the excavation process. The square is a hot spot for street performers that station themselves in front of the carousel and play beautiful acoustic versions of well-known songs, surrounded by happy onlookers. I always leave myself a little extra time to stop, listen, and remind myself how cool it is that I live here.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, International Education

Comparing My Semester in Florence to Friends' in Madrid and Paris

Nov 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton talks about visiting her friends over fall break in Madrid and Paris, and shares what their study abroad and daily experiences are like over there compared to hers in Florence, as well what she has learned about herself thus far.

Ciao! I just got back into the swing of things after an amazing fall break spent visiting Paris, Amsterdam, and Madrid. I absolutely loved exploring, but, of course, started to miss Florence, and was ready to come home after a long week away. I stayed with friends that are also studying in Paris and Madrid, and it was really interesting to see how their experience differed from mine. Although there were a bunch of awesome things to appreciate about studying in those cities, it made me realize everything I love about CAPA and Florence, and why it’s such a perfect fit for me.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

The Reality of Moving to a Country Where You Don't Speak the Language

Oct 19, 2018 9:44:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton shares her initial concerns about not knowing any Italian when she moved to Florence and talks about the different ways she's begun to work on her Italian, leveraging her Ganzo! family, friendly locals, and even her past knowledge of Spanish. 

Ciao! I’m currently taking a break from studying for my Italian midterm tomorrow-- my last test before fall break!-- and I figured I’d write a bit about what my experience living in a country where English isn’t the dominant language has been like so far.

Italian is a very beautiful and interesting language, but since it’s only spoken in Italy, it’s rare to find Italian classes in American high schools. I took Spanish as my required language class, which I loved, but figured wouldn’t really do me any good when I decided to come here. When I arrived, I felt a bit rude coming into a foreign country without the ability to even say “please” or “thank you” to the locals in their own language. However, I learned very quickly that, not only is Italian relatively easy to pick up on, but that the locals are very kind and keen on helping you learn.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Language

What to Do on A 3 Day Stay-cation in Florence, Italy

Oct 11, 2018 3:01:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

With the company of her visiting boyfriend, Payton spends a long weekend exploring her host city. From rooftop sunsets and a quick trip the Chianti region, to free museum day and gelato, get inspired by this perfect stay-cation itinerary!

This weekend, I was lucky enough to have a visitor in Florence! My boyfriend, Wylie, who is also studying abroad this semester in Madrid, came by for a few days to check out my new city. Staying in Florence for the weekend to show him around and enjoy the place that I’m calling home for the semester was a nice and much-needed rest from all the weekend traveling that I’ve been doing. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I am able to explore so many parts of Europe so easily while I’m here, but constant traveling can start to take a toll on your energy levels. Florence is also such an amazing place, it deserves it’s fair share of my time, too! And what better way to appreciate where you’re at than with the people that you’re closest to.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

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