Italian Phrases to Know Before Going Abroad

One of the biggest challenges for study abroad students can be learning a new language altogether.  Fear not as most Europeans will speak some English to a degree to help you out, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn the native language.  It will help you meet more locals, get a more authentic experience, and help your experience out as a whole.  There are a number of apps to help you learn these languages (Duolingo, Babbel, and more), but here are some basic phrases to know before you head across the Atlantic.

Hello: Buongiorno (bwon-jor-no)

We’ll start of very basic with a simple phrase, “Hello” in Italian.  At least knowing how to begin a conversation will show Italians that you are trying to learn their language and become more culturally aligned; you don’t want to look like Brad Pitt in Inglorious Bastards.

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Thank you: Grazie (gra-tyse)

Please: Per favore (per fa-vo-re)

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These two are pretty basic phrases as well, but just as in America, being polite can go a long way.  A simple please and thank you can make all the difference from having a pleasant waiter or an unpleasant one.

Where are the toilets? Dove sono I gabinetti? (do-ve so-no ee ga-bee-ne-tee)

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We’ve all been there.  When you’re out drinking with friends and you realize that you broke the seal too early and need to go to the bathroom NOW, the last thing you want to do is have to look up how to ask where the bathrooms are or have an awkward hand gesture dance with someone.

I am sorry, I don’t speak Italian: Mi dispiace, non parlo italiano  (mee dees-pya-che, non par-lo ay-tal-lee-on-o)

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This line can be a lifesaver for those of you who are realizing that you are heading to Italy in a little over a month and know little to no Italian.  This phrase will allow Italians to know that you don’t speak Italian and they can start speaking in English or find someone else that can communicate with you.  Don’t just use this line the whole time, take the time to learn the language or most conversations you will be like:

Excuse me: Mi scusi (Me -Scoo-see) or Permesso (pair-meh-so)

Making your way down the impossibly narrow streets of Florence is no easy task.  When you are in a rush to get to class or grab lunch with friends and you are stuck behind a hunched Italian woman who is in no rush, uttering one of these simple phrases will help you avoid the rude American stereotype.  Saying Mi scusi doesn’t excuse you to be like the creepy guy from Eurotrip though.

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I’d like the wine list: Vorrei la lista del vini (vo-ray la lee-sta day vee-nee

The best part about studying abroad is being able to surround yourself in a culture completely different from back home.  The Italian culture includes traditions, beliefs, tendencies, food, and of course wine.  In ancient times Italy was referred as enortia, or “land of the wine.”  Italian tradition is so closely grafted to the vine that the good cheer and easy attitudes associated with wine culture are mirrored in the nation’s temperament.  So take advantage of embracing the culture and enjoy some of the best damn wine you’ll have in your life.

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Do you have a menu in English? Avete un menu in inglese?

Is there a greater joy in life than eating?  If there is, I’ve yet to find it and I don’t want anything to get in the way of me and my heaven.  So when you head to a restaurant in the country of some of the greatest food in the world, you want to know what you are ordering.  This simple phrase will make sure that you order the correct item and that you are mere minutes into entering some of the best food comas of your life.

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These are just a few simple phrases to help you out before you start your adventure abroad.  Taking the time to learn the language will improve your study abroad experience tenfold.  It will allow you to meet new people abroad with a new perspective than yours and ultimately meet new friends!

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10 Things You’ll Learn While Studying Abroad

(the obvious and the not so much)

10. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it

Whether you’re studying in Italy or Australia, you’re in for a big lifestyle change and culture shock like you’ve never experienced. The best way to experience life abroad is to try and assimilate into the different customs and practices of your surroundings. “You mean this tiny cup of espresso is supposed to be a substitute for my regular 16 ounces of iced caffeine?” Cue:

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Before you totally write their customs off, stand at the bar and drink your espresso and stop scouring the city for any place that will serve you American coffee.

9. The Buddy System is a very real, essential thing

“DOES EVERYONE HAVE A BUDDY?” We’ve been pestered with this question since kindergarten and now that you’re 18+ it probably falls on deaf ears. Let me just tell you, this is so vital. I love to believe that people are inherently good and I do believe that most are. However, you’ve seen Taken right? Let that be your motivation to listen. You want to leave the bar early but your friends want to stay? Bribe someone into leaving with you by paying for their kebab on the way home. Boom, done.

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8. Guard your iPhone with your life and maybe an electric force field

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Coming from a girl who had two iPhones stolen in the span of a month in two different European countries, giving up a night of blurry, probably embarrassing pictures at the bar is  lot easier to come to terms with then explaining to Mom & Dad why you need a new iPhone 5 express shipped over seas. People are ruthless and will reach into your purse and snatch your precious lifeline to society before you’re able to order your first drink. It can happen anywhere however, so make sure you always know where it is and possibly cut out a hole in your purse lining and sew in a zipper to secure safety. I realize this is dramatic but so are the phone calls I had with my parents begging them to send me my second replacement iPhone less than a month after they sent the first. Think about it.

7. The Importance of Planning Ahead

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#TBT to the night I landed at the Girona airport at 9 PM with my roommate not understanding that it was actually an hour train ride outside of Barcelona and wondering how we were to actually get to our hostel. Traveling on your own can be an awesome experience but when you forget how many steps are required to get from point A to point B you can find yourself in one of those situations you say “well one day we’ll look back and laugh” –  a great experience to have but avoid it by looking into how you’re going to get to the airport and then from the airport to your destination. Failing to plan the little details can turn out to be a really big “woooops”..

6. Slowing down can make all the difference

As an American, we’re hard wired to be constantly going and working leaving little time to enjoy ourselves. There’s a stark contrast to the “can’t stop won’t stop” distinctly American attitude and the way Europeans live their day-to-day lives. It’s a much more go with the flow lifestyle; so shops close when they please, people run late or don’t show at all, and not everything gets done when it’s supposed to. At first this may make you want to throw a tantrum but take a page from the European playbook and don’t take it all so seriously, you’ll find you may just enjoy yourself.

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5. Breaking free of the study abroad bubble can be worth it

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Don’t get me wrong the bubble rocks and also gives you the opportunity to meet some awesome people but you didn’t fly halfway across the world to spend all of your time with just Americans. Chances are your study abroad city will have a few bars known for being a meeting spot for students and they’re usually a blast. Once in a while though, check out a new spot around town. Ask a professor or program director a great spot to meet locals because half of your abroad experience will be made up of the people you meet and not just the places you travel. Make friends all around the world so you’ll always have a reason to come back :)

4. Spend your money on experiences, not things

I can’t say I didn’t shop because I would be lying through my teeth plus I still have mini souvenir bottles of Chianti Classico patiently waiting to be drunk in my closet (don’t they say red wine gets better with age?). However, if I could return all the cheap leather bracelets, mini bottles of limoncello and other things I bought, I probably could have afforded that trip to Amsterdam or sky diving in the Alps. The worst part is I also spent money on things that weren’t even exclusively European… I was all “I need this very rare scarf that I found at the H&M in London and life won’t be complete if I don’t buy this incredibly overpriced sweater from Top Shop”. Well guess what? Your profile pic of you skydiving in the Swiss Alps will get a lot more likes than the one of you in that Top Shop sweater. All jokes aside, make the money you spend worth it and don’t be hasty in your material purchases. For most people, studying abroad only happens once! Make it count.

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3. Hostels are nothing like the horror movie

Although your Facebook album “Semester Abroad” depicts a very glamorous lifestyle that your friends back home will undoubtedly comment with jealousy “OMG can I be you?” – you’ll soon realize that while you’re visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world, your digs may not measure up. Before you’re first hostel experience, chances are you’ll look like this:

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But fear not. Hostel life will teach you a lot about yourself like, are you completely high maintenance? and how outgoing are you really? You may have booked a 12 person dorm with a shared bathroom and half of the guests may be a rowdy bunch of Australians. You also may be eating stale bread with an unidentifiable flavor or jam and instant coffee for breakfast but at the end of the day you have a safe place to rest your head

 

2. You’re much more independent than you think

I’ll be honest I used to make a huge deal about traveling by myself when I was in the states. And when I say traveling I mean like, doing errands and driving back to my college campus after break. I think there were a few times I had to GPS my doctor’s appointment – it’s not something I’m proud of but I’ve come a long way. Now when you’re abroad, these experiences where you suddenly realize this newfound independence usually won’t be voluntary. Chances are actually, you could be near tears in a German train station wondering where your train leaves from in 5 minutes and why god WHY are you here by yourself and if you could just call your mom you might be able to ask her to google translate “where is my platform?” into German for you. Safe to say I had a few of these exhilarating learning moments abroad. When you only have you to depend on, it becomes pretty clear what you’re capable of. You learn to read maps, ask questions, fumble foreign phrases and figure it out as you go. All of a sudden you’re a new person and you wonder why you ever doubted yourself in the first place. chrish bale

 

  1. Nothing compares to home

It’s not a secret that the home of the free and the brave is full of ample opportunity, convenience, and most obviously, familiarity. Before I came abroad, I had it in my head that Europe was 100% better than the states in every category. It didn’t take me long to realize how much I missed everything about my life back in the states. It takes an experience like leaving home for three and a half months to make you truly appreciate where you come from. As much as Florence will always be my second home, it took leaving the familiarity and comfort of the good old US of A to realize just how much I was truly thankful for everything that I had at home. That said, there are a few European policies I would love to see the US government adopt but that is a different topic entirely…

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43 Photos That Will Kickstart Your Wanderlust

A very wise person once said, “I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it.”

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Marbella, Spain
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Florence, Italy
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hike from Monterosso to Vernazza- Cinque Terre, Italy
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Rovinj, Croatia
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Hvar, Croatia
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Krka National Park, Croatia
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Capri, Italy
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Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
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San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The 9 People You’ll Meet While Studying Abroad

  1. The dirty vagabond
    When some people go abroad, they take gypsy to a whole other level. The true dirty gypsy stops showering. You have to remind them to put on deodorant. Or buy deodorant to begin with. Clean laundry? What’s that? I understand letting go and becoming one with the culture but, if you’re going to take it that literally, stand at least 10 feet away from me. You smell.
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  2. The too-old-be-here promoter
    When you go abroad, you are most likely given a list of promoters that can get you into clubs for free/VIP. These promoters will be your nightlife spirit guides, and you will develop a strong and very special bond with them. This bond sometimes goes too far, and you really have to put into perspective that these guys are like 40 and still texting you to hang out. Eek.
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  3. The complainer
    “UGGGGGGGGGGGHH I absolutely HATE flying. I also hate driving. And walking. Ugh traveling is HARD. And I would rest on this bed, but I saw an ant on it…I think. Disgusting. So there’s no air conditioning in here either? What is this place?!?!?!?!?!” Gurrrrrrrrrl WHY are you traveling? Go back to America, please. Ciao.
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  4. The sketchy one
    This is the friend that never ends up with the group at the end of the night. He/she never really seems to sleep at home…or sleep at all. One second you’ll be dancing with them at the club, and the next second they’re gone. They never tell you the exact rundown of their night. Always a lot of grey areas that don’t make sense. Note: the sketchy one may also be the drunk (see below).
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  5. The drunk
    These are the ones who find that the best “cultural activities” are the kinds that involve mass amounts of alcohol. They usually start drinking as soon as they wake up (to the Spain study abroaders – carajillos – espresso with rum; these will sometimes save your life). They are the ones slurring their words in class wearing their clothes from the night before. They are also the most fun….until they vomit on you in a museum.
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  6. The one awkward roommate
    You and your friends end up with a sick apartment. You love each other and many amazing nights are shared in your new home. All is good even though there’s one rando thrown in there. At first, they seem pretty cool! 5 days later, said rando is actually studying for your “wine tasting 101” exams, and shooting you dirty looks when you have pregames at the apartment. 5 days after that, you overhear said rando telling his/her friends how much they hate you/how they’re probably plotting your death.
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  7. The camp friend
    This is usually the camp friend of your friend from home or college. Camp friend and you will most likely be set up so you can become roomies and then besties. The camp friend is always the one you’ve heard crazy stories about throughout college, and that will definitely live up those expectations while abroad. Camp Tanawanda was #cray, why shouldn’t your semester abroad be?
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  8. The hot local
    The hot local is a unicorn that one must search for far and wide to slay during your time abroad. Hard to find, but usually hidden in the local bars/gyms of your abroad city, this unicorn will sweep you off your feet with their sexy accents, perfect smiles, and their cute misuse of the English language. Keep in mind, some cities have more hot locals than others. Don’t let it get you down. Stay persistent. You will find your Italian prince soon. And if all else fails, you will always have pizza.
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  9. The creepy local
    At first, he seems like a cute, harmless guy at the bar that you should probably consider making out with. One makeout and one Facebook friend request later, and you’ll be getting “Hey QT ;P” messages about four times a day. What even is a “;P”? Who winks and smiles at the same time? I guess the creepy local does. There will be lapses of judgment where you confuse creepy local for hot local, and you’ll accidentally go for dinner or drinks with him. Once again, don’t let it get you down. Italian prince will come with patience.
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Safety Mid-term!

By Trevor Bellwood

You are many weeks into your dream semester overseas in Europe. Countless memories have been made. Your journey has been nothing but incredible. A lot of that can be credited to the priceless tips you received from your friends, family, and first-class travelers. Your Dad’s and Mom’s “be smart, be safe” lecture could have done it, or maybe your Greek brother’s and sister’s study abroad guide helped. Nonetheless let us make sure those memories keep on coming. No bad ones, just good ones. Here are 6 tips that I feel are very important for you and every student for these next few months. I want to make sure you all keep living the dream

1. Walking’s overrated, take a taxi.

Nearly all of the cities and towns you visit are unfamiliar areas. And there’s a good chance you don’t have a working iPhone 5/5c/6 to get you around. After a late night at a club, going to or leaving a train station, or just getting back from a walk gone wrong, call a taxi. Bartenders, bouncers, shop owners, and local law enforcement all are capable of either getting you to a taxi or helping you call for one. Here’s a simple question to ask yourself: “How would Mom want me to walk back?” Sounds silly, but it works!

2. Bar crawl, but don’t crawl.

As you probably know, crawls are one of the best ways to get immersed in any city’s nightlife and visit the top bars and clubs. They are offered in nearly all of the great cities in Europe–from the epic Clock Tower Bar Crawl in Prague, Czech Republic to the new crawl in quaint ol’ Interlaken, Switzerland that ends at the dynamic Metro Bar Nightclub. But joining in on them responsibly is key for them to be great experiences. It is pretty easy. Just take whatever you do back home to stay in control, and add a few more precautions. Be careful with the welcome shots and stay with one brand of beer for the night. These ‘welcome shots’(a.k.a. sugary shooters) tend to throw many students off their pace.

European beers, on average, are a bit stronger than the typical American brands. Try to find a good one with a reasonable ABV percentage, and stick to it for the night. If you try to taste every beer on tap and in the fridge it gets tough to keep track of the intake of alcohol–some beers can be the typical 4% U.S. brand or the lethal 10% Dragoon (Florence students, you better know about this sensation!).

3. You don’t have to GoPro everything

The love for GoPros is at an all-time high. Studying abroad and owning a GoPro will soon become an application prerequisite. But owning one does not mean that you need to put blood, sweat, and tears into getting every single GoPro action shot.

Is a GoPro cliff-jumping video worth a trip to the hospital? Injuries from cliff-jumping are far too common: massive bruises and banged up backs happen all the time. Do not let a half-second jump ruin your semester. Take the cooler pictures from land.

4. Stick to the trails when skiing the European Alps.

There is east coast skiing, then there is west coast skiing, and then there is the mighty skiing that can be done in the alps throughout Europe. The thrills that these mountains offer are second to none. These thrills attract countless students to get on the slopes, like in the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps or the Dolomites in Italy. And at times there seem to be no limits for what can be done. But oh, there are. Skiing “on piste,” as the French say, is skiing and enjoying the fresh powder within the marked boundaries. Going “off piste”  presents a large risk, and can result in severe or fatal injuries. In addition to these injuries, the high cost of rescue will be added to your bill, as rescue off piste is not guaranteed or covered by most health or accident insurance. If you are looking for some good local backcountry, play it safe and hire a local guide.

5. Buddy system is the best system

Being with a buddy ensures two important things: you will always have a partner in crime to help get out of the bad times and a buddy to celebrate the glory with–such a win-win situation. BFFs, ya know.

6. Love the locals

Studying abroad is not a right, it is most certainly a privilege. You were granted permission to leave the United States and explore the world. Wherever in Europe you ended up, you were greeted, welcomed, and allowed to come into and enjoy. Please remember to respect this environment since that place is someone’s home and you are just the guest. You can show this respect in many ways, from being quiet and respecting strict noise ordinances at night and in the early morning, or refraining from making harsh irrational judgments based on someone’s perceived actions. I know your Dad and Mom taught you to always think before you speak; well, that is as important as the famous golden rule (treat others as you wish to be treated) when crossing the pond to Europe.

 

Have fun, get out there, explore Europe, and be safe.

The European Versions of American Products

We’re about halfway through our study abroad semester, and while we’ve tried our best to adapt to the European way of doing things (two packets of sugar in our espresso still counts, right?), we’re really starting to miss some good ole’ American products. Nothing will ever be able to compare to the sour-then-sweet goodness of Sour Patch Kids or the heaven that is Chipotle BUT here are some close runner ups.

 

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Corny Bars

All you Nature Valley lovers never fear, Corny is here! These German made granola bars come in eleven flavors and variations, such as sugar-free or with added dietary fibers. Corny bars contain a mixture of Muesli ingredients (cereals, nuts, fruit) as well as honey. Keep a look out for Corny, Corny Big, Corny Free and Corny Milch at your local grocery store. They’re available all over Europe!

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Panna

If you’re living in Italy, you’ve probably come across a product called Panna. If you haven’t figured out what it is yet, look no further. Panna is the Italian version of cream. Use it in your pasta sauces to create the creamiest, most delicious sauce ever.

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Avocados

Coming from Southern California where avocados grow in abundance, I definitely miss those little suckers. However, I’ve been able to track them down at open air markets! They’re hard to miss because they are about twice the size as the ones in the states but just as delicious. Here are some open air markets where I’ve found avocados:

Florence: Mercato Centrale located in the San Lorenzo quarter in Florence, which is just a five minutes walk from the S. Maria Novella train station, the Cathedral, piazza San Marco, and Fortezza da Basso.

Rome: Il Trattore on Via del Casaletto 400. Open Monday-Friday, 8:00-17:30, Saturday 8-12 and San Teodoro-Circo Massimo on Via San Teodoro 74. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00-18:00.

Prague: Prazska trznice on Bubenské nábřeží, Holešovice, Prague 7. Open Monday-Saturday 7:00-18:00.

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Sriracha

There will never be a replacement for sriracha or anything that will come close. Luckily, you can track it down. Korean markets are around and waiting for you.

Florence: Sapori di Korea, Via dei Magazzini 27/R

Rome: Korean Market Srl, Via Cavour 84

Prague: Korejské a japonské potraviny, Korunní 47/1186, Praha 2 – Vinohrady

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Chocolate

While Hersey’s and Dove chocolate might be few and far between, we do have Kinder. Not only is Kinder Chocolate delicious and available in a variety of flavors but it’s also comes with a promise. Kinder stands for Joy, Goodness, and Trust. Their mission is, “contributing to the growth of happy children and teenagers, offering small kindness meant to their needs and build a trusting relationship with parents”. Who knew? We might not be teenagers anymore but I am definitely participating in their kindness. You can find Kinder products in almost every grocery store or convenience store. Oh! And Kinder is owned by Ferrero which is also responsible for Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, and Tic Tac. You’re welcome.

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Haribo Ciucciotti Frizzanti

Nothing can ever replace Sour Patch Kids but luckily Haribo has several different sour candies. I’ve tried almost all of them but my favorite is the Ciucciotti Frizzanti, sour pacifiers! Yum! They are my go-to for any bus trip or even if I walk by a Tutto 99 and just happen to drop in.

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Gluten Free Products

Living in Italy and maintaining my Gluten Free lifestyle is no joke. I’ve seen some restaurants pop up around Florence advertising “Gluten Free pizza and pasta” but I have yet to try them. I spend hours in the grocery store scanning ingredients and jump for joy when I see “Senza Glutine” printed on a package. If you’re studying abroad in London, you can just head down to Whole Foods where they have GF products galore. Split, Croatia? Bio and Bio (Robna kuća Prima 3 (Ruđera Boškovića) ) has what you need. Conad in Italy carries GF crackers called Zero Graino and have brand new GF section. I’ve tried the bread and it wasn’t too shabby. Where else can you find GF products in Italy? You’re closest pharmacy. I stumbled into one randomly the other week and found a supply of Gluten Free bread, crackers, bars, and more. Oh, and Tampax pearls.

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Restaurants/Cafes/Bars:

Iced Coffee- Where to go when there isn’t a Starbucks nearby.

Astor-Florence: Iced coffee to-go and other specialty coffee. Need I say more? Piazza del Duomo, 20R

Mug Cafe-Florence: Mug is, “A place to go when you need to feel at home when you have family far away or when you simply want to just stand between friends”. Sip on iced coffee among their showcase of various artists. Via Borgo Santa Croce, 21

Arnold Cafe-Florence: The specialist in American coffee.  Via Avelli, 8, Florence, Italy

Cafe Friends-Rome: Everyday, at any time, Friends is ready to offer all the hospitality and all the friendliness required to accompany your iced coffee. Piazza Trilussa, 34

Barnum Cafe-Rome: An evolving project where something is always happening. A perfect place to enjoy some iced coffee. Via del Pellegrino, 87

Starbucks: If you’re not in Italy, you’ll be able to find a Starbucks, you lucky dogs, you.

 

Mexican- Missing Taco Tuesday? You are not alone.

Tijuana-Florence: The first Mexican restaurant in Florence dedicated to traditional Mexican cuisine. Via Ghibellina, 156/R

L’Margaritaio-Florence: 4€ Margaritas during happy hour. Need I say more? Via Dell’Anguillara 70r

Eby’s-Florence: Eby might just be my best friend in Florence. South American cuisine and the closest thing in Florence to a burrito during the day and specialty shots at night. Sign me up.  Via dell’Oriuolo, 5

Cantina-Prague: The first Mexican restaurant in Prague with excellent food and a cozy atmosphere. Újezd 38

Las Adelitas-Prague: Managed and owned by Mexicans, devoted to serve some of the most emblematic dishes of traditional Mexican cuisine. Stop by for an authentic Mexican gastro-cultural experience.  Americká 684/8

La Casa Blu-Prague: A small oasis where you can encounter different cultures, languages and ideas, accompanied by warm, caring service and the special charm of Latin America. Kozí 857/15

Chipotle-London: Do I even need to explain? 101-103 Baker St, 114-16 Charing Cross Road, or Wardour St (Jealous)

Tortilla-London: I actually like Tortilla better than UK Chipotle *GASP* It’s also a little bit cheaper. 13 Islington High St, Unit 11A, 106 Southwark St or 28 Leadenhall Market

 

Chinese/Wok/Pho- Is this even trustworthy in Europe? You bet it is!

Wok to Walk-Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, UK: You are the chef at Wok to Walk and it is as easy as 1-2-3. Pick your base, favorite ingredients, and sauce, and it will be wok-ed up right before your eyes. I could eat here everyday and did the last time I was in London. No regrets. Check for your nearest location here: https://www.woktowalk.com/find

Dim Sum-Florence: A small variety of amazing dishes and an excellent value for the money. Which we all love to hear on our student budgets. Via dei Neri 37/r

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan- Prague: They brought Pho to Prague and now they’re huge! $5 for some of the best Pho you’ll ever have and it is generous portions. Anglická 529/15 and Slavíkova 1657/1

 

Sushi- Considering that I eat sushi at home at least twice a week, I am definitely deprived. Here are some places to help quench the sushi-thirst.

Sushinami-Florence: 10€ all you can eat sushi for lunch, 12:00-15:00. What are you waiting for? Via Matteo Palmieri, 9

Hamasei-Roma: A restaurant with the traditional Japanese feel and quick service.  Via della Mercede, 35 / 36

Planet Sushi-France, Ibiza, Monaco: I don’t even want to disclose how many times I ate here while living in Cannes, France. But just trust me when I say it’s pretty darn good (and cheap!). Find your location here: http://www.planetsushi.fr/nos-restaurants/

 

Burgers- I can’t drive to the nearest In-N-Out so these will just have to do.

Il Principe delle Delizie Srl-Florence: Translated as The Prince of Delight, this place has become the reference point for a burger in Florence. You won’t be disappointed.  Via dell’Agnolo, 93

Open Baladin Roma Srl-Rome: Not only will you find a delicious burger but also a wall of craft beers and ciders to pair it with. Via degli Specchi, 6

The Tavern-Prague: Big, fat, juicy burgers with fresh ingredients. You can’t go wrong. Chopinova 1521/26

Dish-Prague: For Prague’s gourmet burger! Římská 1196/29

Patty & Bun-London: They are passionate about burgers and aim to deliver a unique and truly memorable experience. And boy, do they deliver! 54 James Street

 

American Breakfast- Tired of the Italian’s idea of breakfast being a croissant and shot of espresso? These places are for you.

The Diner-Florence: Eggs, bacon, pancakes, hashbrowns…my mouth is watering already. Via dell’Acqua, 2

Le Vespe-Florence: Expatriate’s coffee shop with breakfast burritos, fruit smoothies, and the best bacon, egg and cheese combo you can find in Florence. Oh and they have gluten free wraps, cookies, and more. You know where you can find me at least once a week.

Snack Bar Anna-Florence: For all you East Coasters missing your bagels. Anna’s is for you. Via de’ Ginori, 26

Astor-Florence: Not only do they have delicious iced coffee but American breakfast too. Kill two cravings with one stop. Piazza del Duomo, 20R

Mama’s-Florence: A relaxed and friendly environment where you can enjoy the products of American tradition. Via della Chiesa, 34/R

Homebaked-Rome: A warm tiny place, that feels just like Grandma’s kitchen. Not only will you find American breakfast but an array of baked goods from pies to pastries. Via Fratelli Bonnet, 21

Bohemia Bagels-Prague: A quaint, little American bagel spot right next to the Charles Bridge. Bagels and a view, done deal. Dukelských Hrdinů 906/48

The Globe Bookstore and Cafe-Prague: An incredible place with brunch. It is also the first English bookstore in Prague so you can get your read and eat on. Pštrossova 6

Pret A Manger-London: A London chain of breakfast items and sandwiches without obscure chemicals, additives, and preservatives. Found all throughout London.

 

Salads-Get your greens in

Love Life-Florence: Fruit smoothies, yogurt bowls, salads, and more. Perfect for the health nut, like me.  Via dell’Oriuolo 26/r

L’insalata Ricca-Rome: Twelve restaurants in all parts of the city, which are a must for those who enjoy a salads with healthy and fresh ingredients. Find your closest location: http://insalataricca.it/restaurants?locale=itBufala

Bakeshop-Prague: Don’t let the name fool you. On top of the array of baked goods and sandwiches, you can also find some incredible salads. Kozí 918/1

 

Cooking

Are you more of a chef? Here are 30 copycat recipes of your favorite chain restaurant foods so you can bring In-N-Out into your own kitchen.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/copycat-recipes-for-your-favorite-chain-restaurant-foods#2ico3ji

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Myths and Tips

By Devin Billbrough

I’m just going to address the elephant (or bug) in the room: bed bugs are a thing. From a young age we’ve been tucked in at night and told “don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

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It seems cute at the time, but have you ever stopped to think about what it really means? When travelling, or even in the comforts of your own home, you may be faced with actually being bit by bed bugs without much warning. Once you’ve been bit, you can’t help but think back to that catchy phrase you’ve known since childhood and curse the heavens.

Now that we’re living and traveling Europe — visiting countless hostels, apartments, and hotels — we start to become more aware of the so called “creature of the night”. I’m here to debunk some of the common misconceptions and reactions everyone has, including myself.

Myth: You can only get bed bugs from hostels in Europe.
Reality: Due to the lack of hostels in America, we all have this negative perception of them – anyone else thinking about the movies? We think they’re cheap, dirty, and outright disgusting. False. I’ve been traveling Europe non-stop for the past year straight and the hostels I’ve stayed in are nicer than some of the hotels I’ve been to in the United States. You can get bed bugs literally anywhere. NYC, the big apple itself, had a massive epidemic about 2 years ago where bed bugs were found in homes, apartments, and even 5-star hotels.

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Myth: Bed bugs are a product of filth.
Reality: I wish this was true, but even the finest establishments can suffer from bed bugs. Sad to say, but the homes you see on Buried Alive can be bed bug free while Caesar’s Palace could be infested. Think about it.

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Myth: “I GOT BIT. MY LIFE IS OVER. I’M GOING TO DIE!”
Reality: I myself am guilty of overreacting to bed bug bites in the past, convincing myself I’m going to die from the plague. But after the initial shock and insane amounts of research, I realized there are no real health hazards from being bit. You’re not going to die, you will not get Ebola, you will not die of malaria, but you are going to be itch queen for a few days. The most damage these critters can cause is emotional distress. Just breathe – everything will be okay.

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Myth: Bed bugs are restricted to the bed.
Reality: If this was the case, getting rid of bed bugs would be a piece of cake. Those little suckers (pun intended) will literally find any crevice to travel or hide in. Bed bugs travel on clothing and suitcases and hide in everything from bed frames to electric sockets. While this can make it more difficult to get rid of them, keeping your homes clean of clutter reduces the places they can hide.

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Myth: “I can just use anti-bed bug spray on the beds and sheets and I won’t get bit.”
Reality: While these sprays can give you peace of mind at night, they typically aren’t effective at ridding yourself of bed bugs. Bed bugs need to be eliminated, not treated. These sprays only work if the chemicals come in direct contact with the bugs, not just where the bugs are crawling, and have little success on killing the eggs. You could be poisoning yourself by breathing in these chemicals and not the bugs at that point. The only way to effectively free yourself from the wrath of these creepy-crawlers is to hire a professional pest control company.

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Myth: It takes months to get rid of bed bugs.
Reality: Depending on the level of severity, bed bugs can be eliminated in as little as 15 minutes.  If coming home from a weekend trip and you think you might have had bed bugs, putting clothes and any items in a dryer on high heat for 15 minutes will kill the bugs and any eggs that may be present. For more intense scenarios, they can be eliminated in about one week with professional freezing treatments.

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Myth: If there are bugs in my bed, they most definitely are bed bugs.
Reality: Just because there is a bug in your bed that does not mean it is a bed bug. Anything can crawl in with you, including spiders, beetles, and even mosquitoes. Knowing how to identify the difference will help you stay sane. Bed bugs are flat and brown with no wings, unlike other pests you might find.

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Myth: You can’t see bed bugs.
Reality: From egg to adult stage, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. They may be harder to spot due to all the hiding places they can choose from (mattresses, headboards, electric sockets, etc), but if you know where to look you’ll be able to see them or evidence that they’re there.

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Myth: “These are a $200 pair of jeans and now I have to throw them away because of stupid bed bugs. This is the worst day of my life.”
Reality: While your first reaction may be torch everything that is infected, don’t do it. You don’t have to throw away your clothing or furniture if you find out you have bed bugs. Treating your items will be cheaper than replacing everything. Clothes, shoes, and suitcases can be laundered or vacuumed to kill bugs and eggs. Bed bugs are not fans of extreme temperatures so freezing/heating potentially infected items will do the trick. For those larger items that cannot be thrown into the dryer, find a professional to come and treat your apartment, don’t try to just take care of it yourself.

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I know this is a topic we’d much prefer to avoid, especially because we’d all like to ignore the fact that bed bugs actually exist. While we are studying abroad, or just traveling, it’s inevitable that we’re going to get the travel bug, but it’s important not to get bed bugs as well. Being aware of how to prevent and treat these pests will lead to a more fun time exploring everything the world has to offer.

 

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