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Many Ways to Say Coffee

For many people coffee is all about routine and I am no exception to this rule. I started drinking coffee at the age of fifteen and since then, there hasn’t been morning without a steaming cup on the go. At least 16 ounces to get my morning rolling. Five years later and I can’t live without it.

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News on Prof. Pisani’s Architecture Projects

  Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture An article by Prof. Franco Pisani appears in “Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture”, a Routledge book recently edited by Paul Emmons, Marcia F. Feuerstein, and Carolina Dayer (click here to purchase the book).  “Confabulation” is about drawing things together through storytelling. The way we join fractured experiences into a narrative is key to

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Two Perspectives

When walking between the immense buildings towering over you, one can get lost among the waves of people. The momentum of the city overwhelms and excites you. You’re one of thousands that roam the streets everyday, sharing a common identity as residents of the city of Florence. You feel insignificant, surrounded by the rich history

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My Five Senses

Using all senses to immerse into differing cultures and be able to fully digest and understand them is important; I have become dependent on using my nose, ears, hands, and taste to navigate around Europe. I have used my hearing to assimilate the specific country environment. Often times I have found myself listening to conversations

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Four Things We Love About Florence

# ONE – You can walk everywhere! Florence is an amazing city. Unlike other cities it is very accessible on foot. You do not need to take public transportation or pay for expensive taxis because everything you will want to do and see you can get to by foot. You can walk from the Duomo to

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My Home Away From Home

Moving to a foreign country has required some sort of adjustment: language, currency, weather, and overall lifestyle are so different! During the first couple weeks it felt like we were out of place and did not belong. Questions such as “Will I get homesick?” or “Will I enjoy my time here?” were constantly rushing through our minds.

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Three Rules to Live Like a Florentine

Don’t Rush, Be Relaxed One of the main differences between Florence and the United States is the pace of life. In the U.S. everything is accelerated, you’re consistently in a rush to get wherever you are going or complete whatever you are working on. In Florence it’s different, Italians are in no rush, they take their

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Spring Break Done Right

For our spring break we decided that instead of booking a trip through a company, we would plan our trip ourselves. We ended up waiting until only two weeks before spring break to book it, and we couldn’t be happier that we did! We started our spring break by taking a bus from Florence to

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