Meet Ally Espy, an official CAPA blogger/vlogger in Florence, Italy for Summer 2022:
University: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Marketing and Finance
Study Abroad Location: Florence, Italy
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am most excited to get on the train and travel to other Italian cities on the weekends. I am eager to get to see a side of Italy that most people do not have the opportunity to and visit smaller less popular spots.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
I have always loved cooking and even more so when I have great ingredients. In Italy I am eager to try new recipes and even take a few cooking classes. I am always talking to people and having conversations with different people in grocery stores or at stores. I am hopeful that my time in Italy will bring me a lot of new and exciting conversation because I am passionate about getting to know others. Lastly, I am always taking photos and videos of my travels and different activities I do. I use my phone and a few different cameras and am always capturing new content.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I hope to become a very smart traveler. Adapting to the trains and different public transportation will be a priority for me. I will also do my best to avoid tourist traps, remain safe, and find the best deals on my weekend trips.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve during your CAPA program?
I hope that I can become efficient in fitting in with other cultures and adapting to change. I have been researching the different cultural differences that I hope to be ready for but there is no way to truly learn without being immersed. I hope that I can return after the 6 weeks confident that I understand and appreciate Italian culture even more.
What can we look forward to seeing in your posts?
I will be planning on creating video content with a lot of cooking/eating and being out of the apartment. I like to stay busy and try as many new things as possible. I will be pushing myself out of my comfort zones in a lot of ways and be capturing the honest portrayal of everything!