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Pre Departure

Going into this trip knowing it was my first time visiting Europe, and really my first time abroad, culture shock made me a little nervous.  It was something I wanted to try my best to avoid in order to have the best possible time in Italy.  I have also traveled…
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Visiting Vineyards

One of my most favorite things we did in my class was visiting beautiful vineyards around Cortona. During the Maymester, I had visited other busy cites such as Pisa, Rome, and Florence, but I liked the vineyards the most due to their quiet and relaxing atmospheres. The Il Falconiere vineyard…
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Ciao, America!

I had actually applied for the Viticulture and Enology study abroad program the day before it was due, so I was very surprised and excited when I found out a few days later I had been accepted into the program. I knew it was meant to be for me to…
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Cortona Livin’

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” When living in a new country or city, this quote should be applied quite literally. For the month of May, our group lived as if we were Cortona natives, and we absolutely loved it. This amazing small town has so much to…
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Cortona Reflection

Home from Cortona and finally rested from the non-stop month full of excitement, new experiences, and fun times, I am finally able to reflect on my past few weeks in Italy. A few things that definitely come to mind are 1) the dreaded Cortona hill, which is probably a blessing…
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Before the Journey

When I was first accepted into the Viticulture and Enology Maymester, I was so excited and started planning right away even though it felt like FOREVER (or maybe just four months) until I would be hopping on the plane and saying goodbye to America. In the few days before departure,…
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