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Italian Lesson #5 La vita è bella – Life is Beautiful

Posted on March 25th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

In my experience (short, as it may be), I’ve observed a trend in the way things tend to occur. It seems that the best things in life have a way of sneaking up on you on some regular Wednesday afternoon with little to no warning. About a month ago, my parents asked me and my [...]

Italian Lesson #4 Mamma Mia – My Goodness!

Posted on February 7th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Ciao amici! Now that 2010 is well under way, I have been keeping busy with the monotonous routine of school and work. The great thing about writing an extensive analysis of Jack London’s “The Mexican” is that in my moments of writer’s block I get to drift into thoughts about the summer that awaits me. [...]

Italian Lesson #3 Buon Capodanno – Happy New Year!

Posted on January 5th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Ten years ago I anxiously stood next to my parents on New Year’s Eve of Y2K and wondered if the end of the world all came down to a 10 second countdown. Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One… Nothing. Ten years later and I’m glad to say things have changed. I [...]

Italian Lesson #2 Grazie Mille – Thank You Very Much!

Posted on January 4th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

I was incredibly lucky to meet some of the brains behind operation International Student in person on December 7th. Though I must admit that I was a bit nervous about this. I mean, what if they didn’t like me? What if the “brains” behind Hello 2 Ciao wasn’t as funny or charming in person and [...]

Italian Lesson #1 Andiamo – Let’s go!

Posted on December 2nd, 2009 by Sandy Florez

Ciao, I’m Sandy. I am a twenty year old journalism and English literature student at the University of Miami and next summer I will be spending six weeks living in a small town in central Italy learning Italian. I’m a writer, not a filmmaker, so the last thing I saw myself doing was entering a [...]

It is Time

Posted on September 3rd, 2009 by Matt Brattin

I didn’t plan on ending the blog this way, although I should have known better. As the end of the MBA came and went I found myself slow to grasp the fast moving reality that the glorious days of being an MBA student in Barcelona were coming to an end. Not only was my life [...]

What the what?

Posted on May 3rd, 2009 by Matt Brattin

I have accepted the fact that I was never able to get a grip, much less a firm grip on time throughout most of the MBA, and this was especially true during the final term. I knew time was going to fly, but seriously, is this a joke? I began writing this post months ago [...]

My Dear Barcelona

Posted on January 22nd, 2009 by Matt Brattin

Going on exchange, in retrospect, has turned out to not only be the best decision I made during my undergrad, but also while here in Barcelona. It was a much more difficult decision to make this time, however, knowing that I would be leaving such an incredible city behind for about six months. Yet, considering [...]

Bad Blogger

Posted on December 2nd, 2008 by Matt Brattin

For a post after such a long break from posting this may be a disappointment (assuming anyone cares), but my time in Austin is quickly coming to an end and I wouldn’t even know where to begin to talk about everything that has happened over the past few months.  I will say in summary that [...]

Trip to Texas

Posted on August 30th, 2008 by Matt Brattin

I finally made it. I’ve been saying it for years now – that I wanted to move to Texas. Had never actually been, only heard real estate was cheap and jobs seemed aplenty. Well, here I am, I finally got my wish. We made our way here, as I mentioned in my last post, via [...]