Tag Archives: Florence

A Brave New World

Never in my early imaginings of Italy did I foresee a Zen experience. In a country known for loud, gesticulating talkers, cussing, reckless drivers, and droves of chatty American tourists, I didn’t anticipate a space for quiet or introspection. And … Continue reading

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When the Lord Closes a Door…

There are a few things you can always count on in America: the ubiquity of Starbucks and Chipotle, unqualified adoration of Beyonce, partisan bickering in Congress. And another thing that I consistently took for granted – the availability of help. … Continue reading

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The National Sport

From the moment he stepped into the library, his authority was palpable. He had a swagger to him, a smarmy confidence only heightened by the gun swinging from the waistband of his distressed jeans. His “ciao” was lazy and disinterested, … Continue reading

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Mishaps and Marriotts: My Pre-Departure Misadventure

The first thing you should know about me, dear reader, is that I am largely incompetent. Charming, delightful, and amicable, sure. But incompetent. Undoubtedly, this will be a primary theme in my grand European adventure. But alas, this adorable trait … Continue reading

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Returning Home

View of Florence from the loggia at the Villa le Balze. I remember the day I first arrived to the Villa le Balze. Even though I walked into a room of thirty then strangers and acquaintances, the setting made it hard … Continue reading

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Say Yes

Though the jet lag was intense, the excitement of being in Florence managed to suppress my initial exhaustion. After my first week at the Villa le Balze, I felt like I had been living here for months. The villa rests … Continue reading

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Unpreparedly Prepared

In less than twenty-two hours, I’ll be flying over 4,000 miles to Florence, Italy where I will spend the next four months living in Georgetown’s Villa le Balze. As I sit on my bedroom floor surrounded by two empty suitcases … Continue reading

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An Adventure Begins

It’s been a little over ten days since I’ve arrived in Florence and, quite honestly, it feels like I’ve lived here for months. It’s crazy to think that, even though I haven’t even been here a full two weeks, I’ve … Continue reading

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Under The Tuscan Sun

Hello! My name is Allie Canal and I will be spending the next three and a half months blogging halfway across the world – with gelato in hand, obviously – at Georgetown’s Villa le Balze in Florence! I am a … Continue reading

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The Passionate and the Innocent of Villa le Balze

The Villa had a little joke thanks to Terry Forster (my roommate’s Dad) that Villa le Balze had the makings of a fabulous novel. One of our directors is named Kelly D’Innocenti (Kelly the Innocent) and our Italian teacher’s name … Continue reading

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