Cortona, Italy

Hello from studying abroad! If you missed my last post, I’ve been in Italy since the beginning of May studying Biology of Medicine and Introduction to Italian Art.

UGA has a location called the Kehoe Center in Cortona, Italy. Cortona is in Tuscany, in the north of the country. I lived in a dormitory on a mountain. It was absolutely gorgeous!

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My favorite part about Cortona? The cats! Italy is filled with them, but nothing beats wandering into town and being greeted by Blackie, who looks just like my cat Chocolate at home.

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Another favorite part? The gelato! The best gelato place in Cortona is Snoopy’s. Get the coffee and Nutella flavors – you won’t regret it!

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While Cortona isn’t necessarily the place to be for studying science, the architecture is authentically medieval which is perfect for studying art history. As an art history minor I already knew a lot about culture and building in Italy, but being there and seeing it all in person made things click. I’m a visual and hands on learner so being able to both look at buildings and walk through them helped me to understand the way they’re set up and why that’s important given the historical context.

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Keep reading in the coming weeks for more posts about all my travels!

When in Rome…

Hello from Italy! I’m studying biochemistry and Italian art abroad in Cortona, Florence, Siena, and Rome this May. So far so good – but I think I’ve managed to become pasta-ed out. If you know me, you’ll know I’m usually up for eating pasta for every meal so you can only imagine just how much delicious carbs I’ve been enjoying on my travels!

Here are a few sneak peaks of my time so far:

Eclipse

Today there is going to be a total solar eclipse crossing the United States, something that hasn’t happened in Georgia in about a hundred years! The eclipse begins and ends in different times at different places in the United States. For a good chart of beginning and ending times for the eclipse, check out this website.

I’ll be in Moccasin State Park today, watching the eclipse with family and friends. The University of Georgia has opened up it’s football field for students to view the eclipse, but most other universities have closed for the day.

Here is a good map of the eclipse’s path. 

Here’s an article about the best livestream’s for watching the total solar eclipse if you’re nowhere near its path. 

Total Solar Eclipse