Two summers ago my older sister went on Cultural Routes. She came home and went on and on about how it was the best experience she ever had. I thought “Okay, what’s the big deal?” and that she was probably just going through a phase of the ‘post trip hype’ and that it would wear … More From dream board to reality
Well, CR8 is officially over. At least, the European part of the experience is over. It’s been hard waking up alone (even if it is in Croatia). It’s been hard eating dinners without fifteen of the loudest Americans I know (even if I am eating with my family). Bottom line, I miss the fifteen. I … More Cr8er’s Change the World
Thank you, thank you, thank you CR for giving me the best few weeks of my life. Each and every moment was filled with something so special, and I know I came out the other side a better person. Dr. Pitcock you are wonderful for all that you do for the 14 of us. There … More Grazie Cultural Routes
Just like that, CR is over. It ended with a bang: an amazing dinner at Zagara, pictures at the Trevi Fountain, and very little sleep. The last moments of CR were unforgettable. When I woke up this morning, it all hit me. I didn’t see my gals rolling out of bed getting ready for another … More Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!
Well, CR8, as far as the event, is over now. However, CR8 will live on forever. Now comes all of the questions: “How was your trip?” “What did you learn?” “What was your favorite part?”. I have been asked all of those questions and for some reason I really struggle with an answer. How am … More Life in the States
Every year CR begins their final evening with dinner and various ceremonies at my friend’s restaurant Zagara. Pietro goes all out for students and closes down the restaurant during later hours for a dance party. Enjoy the photos …
As a continuation of my catch-up, I feel the need to write a short blog on Florence. This city was magical and I could tell from the first time walking around it. Good times were had all around but I just want to hit a few highlights. Il Latini– I know that there have been … More Florence in a nutshell
I will be the first to admit I am a nerd, but my mama always told me “nerds run the world.” I’ve always been that kid who loves learning and tries to absorb everything within reach. I ask lots of questions, so many, in fact, that when I was a kid, my mother’s instinctive response … More Nerd Alert
I seem to have slacked off a little bit on blog posts so my next few posts will be me playing catch-up. The first thing I need to talk about is Cinque Terre. After an unfortunate mishap with some mixed up trains, we ended up in Cinque Terre a little bit late. In retrospect, it … More Reflections on Cinque Terre
In planning the Cultural Routes experience, I always hope to secure the rare chance of visiting the Flavian Amphitheatre (The Colosseum) from the VIP perspective. It’s a unique opportunity to see the Colosseum from the very top, the very bottom (where animals were lifted up into the arena), and the middle (on a stage that … More PHOTOS: THE COLOSSEUM … in Rare Form
Florence is the mecca of art. I came into the city a little worried about this considering my only true experience with art was the hashtag “artsy” on the ‘gram. Well, I took a class in high school, but I don’t think my popsicle basket is really on the level of the David yet (maybe … More No Filter
Well fam, we have made it to our final stop on cultural routes: Rome. First of all, I am thrilled; Rome holds so much history, culture, and shopping. What’s not to love? But secondly, I am struck dumb by all that has led up to where we are now. It’s crazy to think back to … More Changes
Every year I try to add surprise elements to Cultural Routes. One element I added this year took place hours after arriving in Rome: a friend’s husband gave my students a cooking class in his lab kitchen. The students were amazing as they painstakingly worked through multiple processes to produce 2 pastas, 2 sauces, fried … More PHOTOS: Welcome to Rome … Now Start Cooking (Class)
Scene Open *Cue dramatic music Scene: the market in Florence. Rain (not really, but it should’ve been for effect) Act 1: Jack May wants some jerseys for himself and his family, and Eli Reynolds, Luke Beasley, and Blake Bengtson would all like a jersey as well. The group of men plus Dr. P head to … More “Is this joke to you?”
The past week in Italy has been full of laughs, smiles, endless amounts of pasta, and the best gelato. Cinque Terra captured my heart. There is something real special about this place. I don’t know if it was spontaneously swimming in sea, eating orange chocolate gelato, chatting with past CRers, or going on a long … More Life is Good
Photos from free day spent by some in San G.
On our final “official” night in Florence, we ate at Fabio’s restaurant Francescovinni. The restaurant sits on top of the walls of the original Roman Amphitheatre in Florence. The sight is where the Romans first used concrete and contains the oldest room in Florence. After dinner, we moved to Piazza Michaelangelo for a final glorious … More PHOTOS: Final Night in Florence, Francescovinni, and Fabio
We woke up early Saturday morning (6:00) to grab the first train to Pisa and have time in the Field of Miracles to ourselves. We beat the tourist traffic and were able to enjoy the tower without many people around. We were the first to climb the tower that day.