CHEM in Italy

A Little Reflection

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The older I get, the more I realize having a sheltered childhood might’ve been a blessing in disguise. Growing up not being able to go to sleepovers, not being allowed to play any sports, and missing out on a lot of other things the kids around me were participating in was definitely disappointing. I still […]

CHEM in Italy

Home

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Throughout a month studying abroad with a twenty other students, the most common question that we exchange is, inevitably, what we miss the most. As expected, the predominating answer is simple: home. But…is it that simple? What defines a home? “Iced drinks.” “My room.” “Air conditioning.” While I don’t endorse materialism, to be completely free […]

CHEM in Italy

Caffé River

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“Here they come!!!” I can barely hear a word of the guide’s exclamation as thousands upon thousands of beans of the richest brown color spill out of the roaster exuding the distinct, heavenly smell of the Devil’s Drink—coffee. Welcome to Caffé River, one of the three large-scale coffee roasters in Arezzo. While its façade is…

CHEM in Italy

Fattoria La Vialla

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Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the peacock, whom she was very much in love with. This is the rendition of Romeo and Juliet at the Fattoria La Vialla, an organic farm, winery, and family-style restaurant atop the lush Chianti hills. The free-range chickens and vibrant-colored peacock are the first sights we come across as we reach the petite,…

CHEM in Italy

Florence

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This is the image that hits me as soon I walk through into the Tribune of the Galleria dell’Accademia—Michelangelo’s David, 17 feet of pure marble standing bare and glorious…so much so that the abrupt shock and amazement literally forces me to take a step back. This biblical hero was sculpted thousands of years ago, yet he looks pristine…

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Eat-aly

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Rome is teeming with life and culture; everywhere I turn is bound to be a work of art—and the Italians here are definitely prideful about this aspect. This is especially apparent in the dining experience I’ve had in the city, which seems to be almost a ceremony in Italy. Based on my observations, the Italian…