Tag Archives: italy

Calabria Is Its Own Animal

The cream colored Fiat 500 zips around the neglected and barren traffic circle, sending dust and dirt into a flurry behind it. A brown, hazy cloud almost imperceptibly rises above the sun-baked pavement; it will eventually resettle. As the car comes to a stop in front of us, I wonder...

Hidden Hardships: How Social Media Hides the Truth

Lying on the hard floor of Ciampino Airport in Rome, wearing leggings, a maxi skirt, three shirts, a sweatshirt, and an eye mask, I couldn’t fathom how I ended up in this situation. I rolled over on the rigid ground to see Allie wearing two shirts over two maxi dresses,...

Coffee Etiquette: a Snobby Italian Guide.

Caffeine. In college, it becomes the fulcrum of your existence. You rush to get your morning coffee on your way to that 9AM economics class. Alternatively, you spend hours sipping on the same cup of ‘skinny vanilla latte’ at Starbucks while you try to solve that impossible engineering problem set....

Eat, Sleep, Hike, Repeat

With each step the air became cooler, cleaner, and crisper. Les Chapieux, the little mountain town we left that morning, was now 2,000 feet below us, a distant memory after three straight hours of uphill hiking. We still had another 1,000 feet or so before reached the pass, finally putting...

A Night in Umbria

BY JONATHAN NICHOLAS A blue sedan grinds to a halt beside me. Its brakes make sounds reminiscent of fingernails scraping a chalkboard. The passenger window lowers to reveal a bearded face that commands, “Get in!” We step forward somewhat reluctantly, open the door, and slide into the backseat. The beard...