JFRC Week 4: Gelato is always a good idea, except when you’re drunk

It's crunch time. School-wise (wasn't I just dealing with this back home?) and Rome-wise, realizing that there's still so much we want to do. As for managing time, it's a constant battle between needing to sleep, wanting to have fun in Rome, and trying to keep up with summer school.  On Monday evening, we went … Continue reading JFRC Week 4: Gelato is always a good idea, except when you’re drunk

Ciampini’s Cultural Dimensions

Most of Hofstede's five cultural dimensions were evident in Ciampini's environment. These affirm the typical Italian culture in one of the most vital parts of an Italian's diet: gelato! Power Distance Power distance often varies between gelaterias. Many place their servers several feet higher than the customers. This creates a strong power distance between the … Continue reading Ciampini’s Cultural Dimensions

Assisi, Florence, and Pisa: Cathedrals, walking, and photo ops

JFRC leads two study day trips during the summer session that are included in our tuition. The second trip was to Assisi, a small, medieval town north of Rome. It was a day full of touring churches. Since I'm not Catholic, maybe I don't appreciate the religious significance as much as my classmates. I was … Continue reading Assisi, Florence, and Pisa: Cathedrals, walking, and photo ops