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Final week at JFRC

The final four days in Rome came way too quickly. Monday night we went out for dinner. We had hoped to eat at a rooftop bar, but it turns out the rooftop bar is really just a bar. We got a picture and left for a restaurant below. It was another great laidback dinner with… Continue reading Final week at JFRC

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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

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The Italian Metaphor in Gelato

Although Ciampini is the atypical gelateria, it still represents the Italian metaphor. No, it does not show off big heaping mounds of flavorful gelato to attract customers with its goodies, but it does portray common Italian culture in an understated way. Overture   Ciampini offers not one, but two dramatic entrances into the cafe. The… Continue reading The Italian Metaphor in Gelato

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JFRC Week 3: Orvieto, football, midterms, and not mono 

Since we had to make up class on Friday, most JFRC students stayed in the area for most of the weekend. I ventured to Orvieto for the day. It's a small town on a hill that's an hour by train north of Rome. Even though I missed my train by 5 minutes and had to… Continue reading JFRC Week 3: Orvieto, football, midterms, and not mono 

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Sophisticated Sala da tè

The lack of gelato pageantry does not mean the restaurant is simply designed at all. Ciampini is a professional pit stop in every way. The sign is in an elegant script, clearly listed above both entrances. The simple stone walls look elegant in Piazza, and the black awnings denote a sense of class. Under the… Continue reading Sophisticated Sala da tè