Meaghan Creamer’s Experiences with Beautiful Sunsets and Delicious Food in Florence

Meaghan Creamer’s Experiences with Beautiful Sunsets and Delicious Food in Florence

Posted by: on October 27, 2015   |Comments (0)|Travel

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Hi fellow EDU majors! Let’s just start off by saying I love food. When coming abroad all I could think about was the amount of pizza, gelato, and cheese ravioli I would eat. However, it wasn’t until I got here that I realized how much those costs could add up.  In order to save money I started to cook my own meals…if only I knew how to cook. Early on in the semester I figured out that I had to teach myself. At first, I was nervous about it, and just wanted my moms home cooked meal.  But as the semester has gone on I have grown a liking for cooking. This week we have midterms and I have found that cooking is my break in the day, and I look forward to it. One meal that my roommate and I cooked is chicken parmesan. In order to do so we made a quick call to my mom so she could send us the recipe. Teaming up with my roommate we went to Conad (the grocery store here) with the goal of making chicken parmesan set in our minds.  We cooked it in our apartment reading over the steps on the recipe, and the work paid off. Abroad you will learn to be more independent and one of those ways you gain independence is through learning how to cook!  Now when it comes to dinnertime I am excited to make food. It will be so helpful when I am back in Providence to have the ability to make something and not have to go to Ray or Alumni.

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Being abroad is all about adventures, and exploring. Just this past weekend my roommate and I were studying for our midterms, when we needed a break. As we left a store we were in, we noticed that it was just about time for the sunset.  In that moment we decided we should go watch the sunset over the city at Piazza Michelangelo.  The view once we got to the top was beautiful, however the walk over was just as pretty. In Florence I will often be walking to class finding myself looking around, always in awe of what is around me. When walking to watch the sunset I walked past this view, and couldn’t help but take a picture. Every day here in Florence is another day of finding something beautiful. I find I don’t just walk to class with my head down, but rather up so that I can look around at everything in Florence.

Hi fellow EDU majors! Let’s just start off by saying I love food. When coming abroad all I could think... MORE

Making Firenze Feel Like Home

Posted by: on October 17, 2014   |Comments (0)|Florence

I am studying abroad for the semester in Florence, Italy or as the locals would say “Firenze.” I have been here for 7 weeks now- almost half way through this experience- and the time is really flying by! Now that I have been here for a good amount of time I have settled into my new (or not so new) Italian home and I really love it! Firenze is a GORGEOUS city full of things to do. So far my roommates and I have gone to the Duomo (the beautiful cathedral here), the Boboli Gardens (beautiful gardens and greenery), the Ponte Vecchio (main bridge over the river where a lot of good jewelry is sold) and every Gelateria (ice cream place) Florence has!

Students at the Boboli Gardens!

Students at the Boboli Gardens!

 

The city is relatively small and very easy to navigate. My first two weeks were quite overwhelming, especially because I felt like I didn’t know where anything was, but by the third week I was able to understand many directions and now I know the city without ever taking out my map! The apartments here are SO nice. I live in a 6 -person apartment with 5 other PC girls. We have plenty of space with a living room, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and lots of common space. The rest of the EDU girls are in apartments throughout the city as well and we live within a 15-minute walking distance of everyone. School is also about a 10- minute walk away, which I love because it lets me explore the city even when I am just walking to class.  My roommates and I love to cook in our apartment and use the kitchen nearly every night for dinner. It’s very helpful to have a full kitchen with a stove, oven, and refrigerator so we can cook for ourselves and save our money for traveling around Europe! So far I have been to Pisa, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Switzerland, and Paris. It is very easy to travel from Florence to the rest of Europe, which has become one of my favorite aspects of this experience! I also love staying in Florence and exploring the city that we are living in! I can already tell that this experience will be over in the blink of an eye and that I will miss my Florentine home for years to come!

-Bridget Murray

I am studying abroad for the semester in Florence, Italy or as the locals would say “Firenze.” I have been... MORE

A Peek Inside The Apartment

Posted by: on October 10, 2014   |Comments (0)|Florence
Apartment Apartment table Apartment kitchen Apartment couch
As you can see from the pictures, my apartment is a pretty good size. There are two bedrooms, a living room, one bathroom, and a kitchen. In my bedroom, there is plenty of storage space which is great because that was definitely something I was worried about over the summer. The kitchen came with an oven and stove top, a good sized refrigerator with a freezer, plenty of dishes, utensils, pots, pans, and other necessary items for cooking. Unfortunately, it did not include a microwave or toaster but that hasn’t been a problem.
      Overall, I’ve been very happy with my apartment. The only negative aspect would have to be the heat. Unfortunately, we did not have fans or any form of air conditioning for the first two weeks here. At that time, the temperature was in the high 80’s so it was kind of tough to sleep at night. But it’s starting to cool down at night now and we have a fan in each bedroom that we received from Fairfield so sleeping is much better.
      Some quirks:
1. We have to separate our trash in three different categories: food, recycle, and trash that isn’t food or recyclable.
2. There is a switch on the wall that we have to turn in order to turn on the gas for the stove
3. We have to hang dry all of our clothes
4. Everyone apartment is different. Some are very big and old fashioned while others are smaller and more modern and there are many in between.
5. Some girls have had problems with bug bites –(tip) my roommate and I bought a canopy net at IKEA in Florence and have used it as a mosquito net on our window.
View of St. Croce from Apartment Window

View of St. Croce from Apartment Window

Caroline O’Connor

As you can see from the pictures, my apartment is a pretty good size. There are two bedrooms, a living... MORE