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The Vegetarians of Paris, France #StudyAbroad

A Parisian desert

A Parisian desert

It’s definitely more difficult being a vegetarian in France than it is in Italy and Spain and, by default, it’s even harder to be a vegan. According to the European Vegetarian Union, there is a law in France outlawing the serving of vegan meals at any public or private school in France. Similar laws have been proposed for kindergartens, hospitals, prisons and retirement homes.

One million French, or 1.5 perfect of the total population, in the 1990s called themselves vegetarians, and it has reportedly increased to 2 percent. With such dishes as basil salmon terrine, bisque is a smooth and creamy French potage, foie gras with mustard seeds and green onions in duck jus, french onion soup, and croque monsieur all made with heavy crème and meats, it’s no wonder there aren’t a lot f vegetarians living in France. Read the rest of this page »

But We’re In Paris #StudyAbroad

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

The glaring spots from street lights flew past me at a momentous speed. I was barreling into the darkness with a concerned look on my face. “Had I gotten on the wrong midnight train to the Pisa airport for my flight to Paris?” I had seen no one that I was supposed to be traveling with and, I was traveling to a foreign country alone, again.

I sat there in my dimly lit coach holding my backpack tight and my purse even tighter. I felt my eyelids droop a bit and was about to fall asleep when I heard a man shuffling down the aisle and into the seat facing mine. All I could thing of was, “not again.” Read the rest of this page »

Changes by FAUL & Wad AD vs Pnau #StudyAbroad


There was a lot of deep house and tech music playing amongst the youths in Paris. However, the Frenchmen, FAUL, is my favorite. Faul translates to “lazy“ in German apparently, but his music is anything but.

His music sounds almost soulful and jazzy, even something that I would love listening to on the beach. The song, Changes, by FAUL & Wad AD vs Pnau, is definitely something that I would add to the summer playlist.

Cooking Vegetarian Food in Italy #StudyAbroad

If you ever plan in staying more than a couple of weeks in Italy, and happen to have access to a kitchen, it would behoove you to save money and try cooking at home from time to time. Authentic Italian food is easy to make if you take the time to become familiar with how Italians live.

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Veggie sandwiches I made myself

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When In Rome #StudyAbroad

I had jumped on a train with scores of other students throughout the entirety of the Study Abroad program and squeezed my way onto an Italian subway next to a man who was playing saxophone with his daughter asking for change. I had to run to keep up with our tour guide, who had to be an Olympic sprinter bent on losing us in the city of Rome, because when I made it to the top of the steps past the smelly metro, I had only a brief second to snap a picture of the Roman Coliseum.

Inside the coliseum.

Inside the coliseum.

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Un Amore Cosi Grande 2014 by Negramaro #StudyAbroad


Almost every other band in Europe had a song associated with the World Cup and Negramaro  is no exception. Negramaro is an Italian pop band that formed in 1999 and became successful in 2005 thanks to the Festival di Sanremo. Their name stems from Negroamaro, a wine produced in their native region, Salento. The song, Un Amore Cosi Grande, translates to “A Love So Great.”

The band is made up of Giuliano Sangiorgi, on vocals, guitar and piano; Emanuele Spedicato, on guitar; Ermanno Carlà, on bass; Danilo Tasco, on drums;
Andrea “Andro.i.d.” Mariano, on piano and synthesizer; and Andrea “Pupillo” De Rocco. Check out their song below.

The Vegetarians of Barcelona, Spain #StudyAbroad

There is a quite a difference between Barcelona, Spain and Florence Italy. Remaining vegetarian, or even vegan, is ridiculously easy in Italy, but the land of paella, seafood dishes make it a little more difficult than the country sitting across from two seas.

According a 2002 article El Mundo claimed that Spain had 1.5 million vegetarians at the time. In more recent times, Asociación Vegana cited that the numbers may be in two millions, while the European Vegetarian Union cites 1.800.000 vegetarians, a 4% of the population.

According to  Piccavey, when in Spain, try dishes such as: Read the rest of this page »

Adventuras en Espana #StudyAbroad

I walked a ways to the train station in Florence, took the train to Bologna, took a cab to the airport, to a plane with fellow study abroad students to Spain and then a bus to a hostel we all stayed at in Barcelona. We all, understandably, passed out on top of the thin sheets they gave us on our bunk beds.

My bunk at the hostel

We spent the next two days visiting famous sites such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Catedral de Barcelona, one of Barcelona’s amazing beaches. We tried Sangria from Spain and had tons of tapas. The weather was cool, the city was great and, to be honest, I kind of liked it more than Italy. Read the rest of this page »

Humanos A Marte by Chayanne #StudyAbroad


Don’t tell anyone, but I’m a sucker for those really sappy Spanish Pop songs, and Humanos A Marte is definitely one of my favorites right now. The song, Humanos A Marte by Chayanne, translates to “Humans to Mars,” and it’s mostly about a lonely guy who loves this girl that he can’t be with. It’s a catchy beat and the music video is hot.

Chayanne’s actually Puerto Rican, and has recorded  5 albums as member of the popular boy band Los Chicos, and 15 albums to date as a soloist with his label Sony BMG. Check out the video below.

The Vegetarians of Florence, Italy #StudyAbroad

pizza marinara

Pizza marinara

According to the reports submitted by Italian research institute, Eurispes, and the research conducted by  the European Vegetarian Union, Italy has over six million vegetarians and the highest rate of vegetarianism in the European Union, which is about 10 percent of the population. So, no wonder is has been so easy to go out and grab meals all over The city of Florence. Read the rest of this page »

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