28 Apr | Jackie Batanglo | No Comments

Monday, April 28, 2008 | Florence, Italy

Hey Everyone,

This past week has finaly been very relaxing and the weather has been amazing! It’s starting to get really warm and sunny outside all the time and it makes you not want to do any work and just walk around.

I spent all day friday hiking at Cinque Terra which was awesome and a really good work out. Take my advice and hike the five towns starting with the last one because often times most people only hike the first three and they weren’t much to see. The last two are the harder ones but they are also the most beautiful and well worth it.

It took me and my roomie about 5 hours total including about a half-hour stopping to get lunch. We just got up really early and took a train (it took 3 hours to get there) and then came back by about 9:30 or so. Saturday was stay-inside-and-write-a-paper-day and then Sunday we went to a soccer game!! It was soooo much fun! The crowd goes nuts the entire time and chant really cool songs that I tried singing along to but couldn’t understand what they were saying so I just mumbled it. hahaha.

They played the Sicily team and tied but it was fun. If you decide to go, you have to buy your tickets ahead of time at a kiosk stand near the duomo (the school can tell you exactly where) and make sure that you bring your passport with you because they ask for your official ID.

Word of advice, don’t sit on the ends because that’s where all the crazy intense Italian fans sit. We sat along the longer sides and it was really nice.

Now I’m just playing catch up in my homework and dreading all the work I have to get done before I ship out of here.

Talk to ya later,



21 Apr | Jackie Batanglo | No Comments

Monday, April 21, 2008 | Florence, Italy

Hey Everyone,

There isn’t much news to tell since last week. The only thing that I did this weekend was go on a school trip to Milan for a design show.

It was a really long bus ride there and we spent way too long at the fair place, but the exhibitions were neat. The first one we went to had designs of a lot of interior furniture by younger artists and college students.

From there we walked around. I saw enough tubs to last me a lifetime and my friend and I got lost when we had to meet our class at the end. The place was so big that you had to take a shuttle from one end to the other.

Other than that my roomies and I laid out in the sun at the park only to have the police kick everyone off the grass which was a bummer. Things have been good overall … starting to really miss home and my family and friends, but the experience is all worth it.

See you next week,


15 Apr | Jackie Batanglo | No Comments

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | Florence, Italy

Hey guys,

Hope all is well in the U.S. This past weekend me and three other girls went to Barcelona, Spain from Wednesday night to Saturday night. We had to fly out from Pisa airport and to the Girona airport and from there took a bus into Barcelona.

vWe had a great time, saw the Picasso Museum, a ton of Gaudi’s buildings which are really cool especially knowing that he designed them in 1910 because they are out of this world.

We also went to the beach for a little bit and saw Frank Gerhy’s metal fish sculpture which I thought was awesome but the other girls really didn’t care either way, haha. We walked down La Rambla street and saw all the cool street vendors and all the people dressed up in all their crazy costumes.

The market there was really awesome and we got some really cheap smoothies. On our last day we went to Park Guel which is designed by Gaudi as well. As a side note as well – if you saw the last season of America’s Next Top Model, the last runway show took place here. Not that I really care about that because I love the architecture of it, but most people would only recognize it by that. Anyways, the park was awesome!!

There are really cool mosaics all over the place and the cool curvy benches all mosaic. A lot of the buildings there kind of reminded me of gingerbread houses with their white curvy roof tops. I definitely suggest taking a trip there whenever you get the chance.

As far as classes are going, they are good. It is a little scary about how easy it is to forget about them, but I have a big paper coming up for my culture class that is about the Italian men in the San Lorenzo market that always say “Ciao Bella” to all the girls walking by. I had to conduct a few interviews on them and on some of the American girls to analyze the reactions that happen.

Other than that, things are pretty smooth and normal, nothing too crazy.

See ya later,


8 Apr | Jackie Batanglo | No Comments

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | Florence, Italy

Hey guys,

Well I’m glad to know that some people are enjoying my blog. Sometimes it feels like I’m talking to space but it was great to hear from some people. haha

Anyways, I thought that maybe I should advise some people about how to get ready for the big trip.

First and foremost, get some of the plastic bags that you can roll out the air so that your clothes flatten. Be careful of the weight of your suitcases also. Bring comfortable shoes!! Italian roads aren’t flat so high heels don’t work no matter how pretty you think they are.

Bring clothes that work for various weather types, like a windbreaker that will also keep you dry and pack an umbrella! Traveling on a tight budget is possible if you take the slower trains instead of the Eurostar and plan ahead for hostels.

If you have a kitchen in your apartment, then cook for most of your meals. Food is really expensive if you eat out often. I usually spend between 30-40 euro a week on groceries plus extra if I get things out here and there. Drinking is really expensive!! Just don’t do it really, plus it can get sketchy at night if you’re not careful.

The school trips are a lot of fun and you don’t have to worry about a lot of the extra expenses of traveling. I just got back from a trip to Pompeii and Capri and it was really amazing!! I had a great time and Pompeii was really interesting and we had a really good tour guide. Capri was beautiful and we got our own little boat ride around the island which was really fun. I was only discouraged that the Blue Cave wasn’t open because the water was too high.

Other than that, I will try to think of some other things that people may want to know before they leave and check out some of my pictures that I posted on

Ciao tutti!



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