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It’s a Wrap

Courtney Smith
December 16, 2013

As classes have come to an end, I can honestly say I am excited they are over.  It has been a challenge having classes and trying to balance that with traveling all around Europe.  My classes have been very different than I had expected them to be, but over all I am happy I took the classes.

Due to taking the photography class, Leonardo da Vinci, Italian, and my internship I feel as though I have been well emerged into the Italian culture.  Also with taking these classes I have gotten to enjoy many opportunities to explore outside of the classroom on field studies.  In my photography class I have gotten to go to a couple of different art exhibits, including being able to see works by Lewis Hine. This has also given me the opportunity to explore around Milan and take photos of all the fun and interesting places I have found.  In my Leonardo class we have gotten to see a couple of works he has done here in Milan such as The Last Supper and work he has done in the Sforzesco Castle.  I have also had the opportunity to go and see pages from Leonardo’s note books.  They are from the 1400-1500’s and I found it so interesting how his brain worked and how far ahead of his time he was with all his inventions and ideas.

Although my internship had it’s ups and downs I am glad I got to experience the work place in Italy.  I am glad I decided to do an internship while abroad because it gave me insight on how companies around the world work and not only is it another great experience for my to grow, but it was a great experience to meet some amazing people along the way.

Enough with classes though, on the adventures!  Julia and I decided to go out and endure the sunny, yet cold day on Saturday.  Many Christmas markets are set up around the Duomo area as well as around the city and so we wanted to enjoy the experience.  We went and walked around seeing the Christmas tree all lit as well as many of the streets filled with holiday decorations and the hustle and bustle of people all around.  Christmas time is a wonderful time of year and Milan is so festive and decorated.  I am so glad I got to experience it, now if it would only snow!

With only a couple of days left in Milan I am out to explore the city and make sure I have seen everything I want to…Oh and possibly study a little as I have finals this coming week!

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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Courtney is a senior at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Washington majoring in Graphic Design. In her free time she loves to go out and explore new places, never leaving home without her camera and notebook to document those moments. She also loves to play volleyball and do craft projects. She is catching the travel bug after traveling to Dubai earlier this year and is excited to study in Milan and travel around Europe. Photography and writing are a true passion of hers and she hopes to share her adventures and thoughts while in Europe through this blog.</span></p>

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