EDUCATE: My SEA Journey in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Friday, January 6, 2017 Upon landing in Siem Reap and logging onto WiFi, I learned that I actually placed 10th out of 80 women in the Singapore 10K. I know it’s a smaller race than any I’ve done in Chicago, but I’m still very happy with myself! My spirits started high as I quickly fell… Continue reading EDUCATE: My SEA Journey in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Wanderlust: Overcoming nostalgia with inertia

A recent, subtle trend has been being present in the moment. With the ever-growing presence of technology, it has become easier to not fully be there. Our minds are constantly preoccupied, and we lack the ability to fully appreciate the moment we are in. We are either preparing for the future or longing for the… Continue reading Wanderlust: Overcoming nostalgia with inertia


Weekend in Munich: Beer and castles

Arriving in Munich was weird. I've been having a lot of strong vibes lately, good and bad, and this was definitely a good one. Within just a few minutes in Munich, I already knew I loved it. Background info: I've loved the German language and culture since I began studying it in 7th grade. I… Continue reading Weekend in Munich: Beer and castles


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


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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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