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As the date of my departure approaches, I become more anxious about this amazing experience I am about to embark on.

I have done my fair share of traveling in my life so far. From being born in Sofia, Bulgaria and then moving to the States at a young age, I used to travel back and forth from Europe and the US almost every year. Although until now, I have never had the pleasure of visiting Italy. 

These past few weeks (and months), Pintrest has been my best friend. With searching for tips on what to see in every city I plan on visiting, the do's and don'ts of Italy, and most importantly what to pack.. I feel like i have basically done more research and for this trip than I usually do for my college classes, and yet I still feel I am forgetting something. Thankfully, I have my friend Alexie Bierwirth who is also going on this trip with me, who will be my travel buddy every weekend and who won't judge me when I bother her with dumb questions like "What time is our flight?".

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Six Tips for Finding Study Abroad Scholarships

The first excuse people reach for when saying they can’t study abroad is, “I can’t afford to pay for it,” or “I’m already in too much debt.” Here’s the thing though… You can get scholarships to go towards your trips. There are scholarships out there that are specifically FOR studying abroad, and only for studying abroad.

On top of that, some of the scholarships you are already receiving could go towards study abroad trips as well, not to mention financial aid. So studying abroad can be much more affordable that you might think. Trust me, I’ve managed to go on three study abroad programs myself (to Japan, Germany and Greece), and no, I don’t have super rich parents that decided to dote on their darling daughter.

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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

It has been a busy week, but here's a quick update:

I've seen this inscription on a few buildings around Florence, and I've learned just enough Italian to know that it translates to "for no sleep."  I've adopted this as my new motto for the next month.  Sadly, the clock is ticking on my time abroad, and I've been racing around like a mad-woman trying to accomplish everything.  But apparently the whole "no sleep" strategy has worked for people in the past.  I did some research, and it turns out that "per non dormire" was actually the motto of a wealthy fifteenth-century business family, who triumphed over rival merchants by allegedly inviting them to a banquet and serving dishes laced with opium.  The Bartolini-Salimbeni family emblem--three poppies in a ring--represents their cunning tactics to get ahead while the competition sleeps.  I've been trying to remind myself of this every morning when my alarm goes off earlier than I would like.  I can sleep when I get back to America.  For now, I have to make the most of what little time I have left in this wonderful city.

I'm going to Lake Como and Switzerland with the school this weekend, so I'll post more about that next week!

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Posted by on in Germany: Heidelberg
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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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