Studying abroad is a unique, exciting and different experience for everyone. Read what one student from our Fall 2014 semester will remember most from her time in Italy at SRISA and abroad.
What was the high point of your semester?
It is quite difficult to pinpoint one high point in my semester. One of the
moments that I will always remember was going to Giogalto. It was the first field
trip of the semester. All the students went up to the Italian countryside to devote
the day cooking. We spent the day making a multitude of traditional Italian
dishes. Cooking tagliatelle, roasted potatoes, bruschetta, tiramisu and a few
other delicious dishes, we filled the house with laughter and excitement. I looked
around at the other students and realized these people would become my closest
friends. They were all had a passion for life and art and above all, a desire to
experience the world. Although we went to Giogalto the second week of our
semester, I believe it will always be one of the best moments during my time
What was your favorite place in Italy you visited?
My favorite place will always be Piazza Santo Spirito. I love the eclectic
restaurants where one could experience the true Italian lifestyle. Every month
there was the Santo Spirito flea market. I would go and spend hours walking
around, fascinated by the variety of antiques.
What was the most unexpected thing that happened to you this semester?
Besides making an amazing group of friends with people who shared my
passion for art and adventure, I learned how to navigate the world. Traveling is
messy and tiring and no one tells you about the gritty details. What is conveyed
through pictures never really captures the experience. The most unexpected
thing that happened this semester occurred over fall break. I traveled with three
other friends to Budapest, Prague, and Berlin. I would have to say the most
unexpected thing that occurred this semester was not one single moment. The
most surprising thing that began to happen was that I became comfortable in
being unprepared, and getting lost. We learned how to navigate the world and in
many ways gained a sense of self assurance, that we could succeed in seeing
amazing places without the help of our parents or teachers to guide us.
Whats your favorite Italian phrase?
My favorite Italian phrase is “allora.” I heard this phrase uttered whenever I
stepped outside. This mysterious word can mean a multitude of things, and
Italians use this word constantly.
Whats the best thing you ate?
The best thing I ate was either the walnut crème tortellini or the cheesy
gnocchi at Osteria Santo Spirito. My favorite dessert was Marta’s Tirmisu.
Whats something you learned this semester?
I learned that I enjoy exploring alone. This may sound a bit antisocial or
nomadic, but there is something magical about getting lost in Florence and
discovering new and interesting places. On Sundays I would go off and wander
the streets of Florence to discover artisanal shops and flea markets. I will never
forget the time I went to Santo Spirito flea market or the autumn festival at
Giardino della Orcultura. I would come across these hidden gems, places away
from the crowds in the city center.
Would you do it all again?
I would definitely do it all again. The friendships I made and teachers I met
were amazing. I learned so much about myself as well as my art practice in