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Hello, Summer! We are so glad you’re here!

Also, to all the dads out there, happy Father’s Day!

Higher temps tend to lead to fewer clothes, which can snowball (or sandball?) into a whole host of body confidence issues for both males and females. Check out this podcast by Call Your Girlfriend about exploring body positivity!

Fun fact: August is the time of year when the most murders in the US occur! So don’t be surprised if people are a little…touchy…during the hottest months of the year. But that still doesn’t give anyone any excuses. Read here about the Australian comedian that was murdered close to her home after a late night gig. “Performer Alex Lee tweeted, ‘My first stand up set when I was the same age as Eurydice Dixon, was about being afraid walking home at night. Making jokes about it was a way to feel slightly empowered instead of small and frightened. Mourning for this young comedian who was entitled to feel safe.'”

What I’m reading right now: Columbine by Dave Cullen and The Castle by Franz Kafka

Wanna catch up on what I’ve read so far this summer? Check out my Goodreads profile!

Bath and Body works is having their semi-annual sale. I bought this candle!

 

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Sunset at the Fort in Cortona

Cortona is a fortified city, meaning that the city is surrounded by ancient walls and there is a former military base at the top of the mountain. The Fort, as the locals call it, is part museum part gallery. My friend Sherry and I decided to scope it out on one of our last nights in Cortona so that we could sit at the top of the hill and watch the sunset.

I have to say that this is by far one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. Meeting some other Americans there and chatting about life while we studied for our finals made Cortona feel even more like home. My family would call this sunset a “fire on the mountain” sunset because of the entire skyline being ablaze in reds and oranges. Sunsets like this are something I miss when I’m not in North Carolina with them.

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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!