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Ciao, Ciao!

I haven’t posted in a while, and honestly guys...I have to regretfully admit that it’s because I had a gelato coma.  Yes, a gelato coma.  At the 2016 gelato Festival in Florence last weekend, I ate 14 flavors of gelatos within one hour.  Looking back on my decision, I cannot say I regret it, and I am also not sick of gelato - in fact I had more the very next day.     

But fortunately, many fun things have happened since I last posted that I now get to share with you! 

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Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past

Although I wouldn't necessarily wish to go back to the time I was nervous to meet those I would be hanging with the next four months, or those times I missed home so much I cried, if I could study abroad all over again, I would.

This past month has been a feeling of not knowing how to feel: so its been pretty confusing. I'm excited to go home. Excited to see my dogs, hug my mom, hang with my dad, and be with my friends. I'm excited to get back to work, dive into my school organizations and even start classes. I want to be in my apartment, be able to hop in my car and drive wherever I want, or walk into a bar and know the majority of the people there (it's really a great feeling). 

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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

Monday was Liberation Day in Italy, which meant no classes, which meant four day weekend, which meant more travelling for Hannah and her roommates (YAY).  We were really torn whether to visit Budapest or Prague, but after searching for flights, trains, buses, etc., the winner was. . .  (*drumroll*) Budapest!  We found a direct flight from Florence to Vienna, then took a bus to Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia) where we spent the first evening.  The next morning we took a 4 hour bus to Budapest; then we took another bus back to Vienna, where we spent the last full day.  Rather than recap every detail, I've compiled a list of the highlights from each city:

BRATISLAVA:

  •  We didn't have much of an agenda, so "5 minutes" quickly turned into an hour, as we stopped for a snack break outside the Bratislava Castle.  Little did we know that admission to the castle closed while we were sitting just outside.  Oh well... we still got to take in the lovely view.
  • While we were checking in at the hostel, we witnessed one of the lodgers--a disgruntled middle aged man--place quite a threatening complaint toward the person who had taken his eggs from the community fridge (I guess he REALLY wanted to make a chocolate cake and did NOT appreciate having to buy eggs twice).

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The Start of it All     

The first time I decided to study abroad, I was still a senior in high school. I was dead set on going to Japan, so I went to my future college’s Study Abroad Fair with my friend that was in college at the time.

            Athena was the only provider that was willing to work with me so that I could go to Japan the summer between graduating high school and starting college. They said if my college would allow it, they would be more than happy to have me go. After convincing my father to let me go, and a few million emails to the college later, I was on my way to Japan for three weeks!

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Athena Study Abroad has been selected as a finalist for THREE GoAbroad Innovation Awards:
The People's Choice Award
Innovation in Diversity​
Innovation in Marketing and Digital Media​

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