globetrotter reflections from study abroad marist international programs 2011 globetrotter 1 Why Study Abroad? 3 MIP Information 4 Letters from the Editors 5 Scholarships for Study Abroad 7 Student Essays 15 Interview with Prof. Luca Zoccadelli 17 Fall 2010 Semester Study Abroad Participants 19 2010 Short- Term Program Participants 20 2011 Short-Term Programs/Directors 21 Program Spotlight 23 Student Essays 35 MIP Student Photos i globetrotter 2011 2011 issue Editors: Photo Contributors: Emily Fiore Nora Barry Jaimie Little Colleen Bunce Ray McGale Andrew Clinkman Jacel Egan Essay Contributors: Emily Fiore Andrew Clinkman Erin Fitzgerald Emily Fiore John Florio Megan Francis Danielle Francese Katie Gallagher Megan Francis Kelly Gallucchi Katie Gallagher Lauren Hall Cassandra Jesmonth Jaimie Little Jaimie Little Ray McGale Carly Marshiano Sarah Parsloe Rayna Mengel Samantha Tobia Christina O’Sullivan Nick Webster Sarah Parsloe Kayna Pfeiffer Jonathan Porras Brittany Thomas Samantha Tobia Nick Webster Want to be a Contributor? If you went abroad or are planning to go abroad, you can be a Globetrotter contributor! Take some great photos, write a fantastic essay, and submit your work for the next issue of the Globetrotter. Contact the MIP office for more details. MIP Office: 845.575.3330 firstname.lastname@example.org www.marist.edu/international Front Cover Photo: Samantha Tobia globetrotter 2011 ii Why Study Abroad? John Peters Dean of International Programs While study abroad was once core, major, minor, elective, or a combination considered a luxury, it is increasingly seen of these types of courses abroad and have in U.S. higher education, the private sector, those courses reflect directly on the Marist and government as a lifetime opportunity transcript and fulfill degree requirements. that college and university students cannot afford to miss. At Marist College, Several types of study abroad study abroad is a priority, evidenced by the opportunities are available to Marist students. fact that approximately 45 percent of the Approximately a third of Marist study abroad graduating class of 2010 studied abroad students engage in some type of internship through Marist International Programs or other “hands-on” experience as part of (MIP) sometime during their Marist years. their program. MIP encourages this, as the One of the reasons Marist is able to send combination of classroom and experiential such a high percentage of students learning, in the context of a high-quality study abroad lies in the institution’s commitment abroad program, is particularly powerful. to making study abroad affordable. Our For example, through our Hansard Scholars goal is that with the exception of airfare Program, students interested in politics may and incidentals, a semester abroad choose to study British and international should cost no more than a semester on politics at the London School of Economics, the home campus. As such, in most cases, coupled with an internship in British Parliament. financial aid in terms of a student’s grants, Likewise, an art student may choose to study scholarships, and loans are available to conservation and restoration at the Marist support the student’s abroad experience. College branch campus at Lorenzo de’ Medici Florence, and combine classroom Marist students participate in a variety lecture/discussion with hands-on experience of types of study abroad programs, in restoration of important works of art, under according to their individual academic, the tutelage of leaders in the field. Finally, a personal, and professional objectives. student of business may engage with leading Depending on their field and overall institutions of business as well as programs academic plan, students are able to take tailored to the specific needs of Marist business students at the Aston School of Business in the UK, at Lorenzo de’ Medici Rome, or with the Asia Summer Abroad Program (ASAP), all of 1 globetrotter 2011 which offer experiential opportunities to Personal development is considered to be complement first-rate classroom work. a hallmark of study abroad. Study abroad, Such examples are available in virtually where successful, challenges students to any major or field. explore outside of their comfort zones, in terms of intercultural interaction, observation, For students not specifically looking problem solving, and independence. Study to take coursework in their major field abroad students return from abroad with new abroad but rather hoping to focus more skills and maturity, as well as a balanced and on core curriculum requirements, Marist proactive attitude. This “capable” attitude has affiliations with many programs of study abroad returnees can thus help to offering coursework across a broad range foster confidence, leadership, balance, and of fields and core areas of study. Particular flexibility – all qualities and skills necessary for programs where this broad curriculum a vibrant, engaged life. is served quite well would include the Marist College branch campus at Lorenzo In terms of career development, study de’ Medici Florence, the Foundation abroad also holds particular advantages. Of for International Education programs in course, study abroad on the résumé helps London and Ireland, as well as a number one to stand out from the crowd and can of Marist-affiliated programs in Australia, be a door-opener in many cases. However, England, Ireland, Scotland, and South the importance of study abroad is much Africa. more profound. Careers are increasingly both global and linked to the international As to the value of studying abroad, there sphere. International experience thus offers are particular academic, personal, and opportunities for students to become familiar, career benefits to engaging in a formal on a firsthand basis, with the international program of overseas study as part of one’s environment and the multinational and degree. Academically, study abroad multicultural contexts of today’s workplace. helps students to analyze the material from And it is precisely the types of qualities and multiple points of view, to become more skills that employers routinely cite as important familiar with international perspectives, – flexibility, problem-solving, creativity, and and to experience the international or the ability to work well in teams – that is so regional realities of a particular issue. Upon well developed through study abroad. returning to the Marist home campus, students are newly equipped to better Jacel Egan understand, explore, and engage with the concepts and material covered in their home campus courses. Moreover, language acquisition in the study abroad context can be particularly rapid; it is highly recommended that students of any foreign language study abroad for at least one semester, and preferably for a full academic year. globetrotter 2011 2 MIP Information Marist International Programs offers a variety of study abroad experiences that support a broad range of educational objectives, with program offerings at dozens of sites on six continents. We offer semester, academic-year, and short-term (1- to 3-week) programs, enabling Marist students of any major to study abroad and graduate according to their planned schedules. MIP staff information sessions, alumni-led information tables, semesterly Study Abroad Fairs, and individual appointments are available to learn more about our programs and to discuss particular educational objectives and options. Feel free to call the office at campus extension 3330 or e-mail email@example.com with any questions, and review scheduling for information sessions at marist.edu/international/ upcoming events. Prior to attending one of our information sessions, it can be useful to review Web-based information on our programs. The best starting place is our Web site at marist.edu/international. Student and staff photographs of our programs can be viewed at flickr.com/ photos/maristinternationalprograms, and our blog can be found at maristinternationalprograms.worldpress.com. Interested parties are also encouraged to follow us on Twitter (MIPstudyabroad) for special announcements and opportunities. Be more than a tourist – discover what it means to live Student Workers and study abroad! Emily Fiore Salamanca, Spain Globetrotter Editor Marist International Programs & MIP Office Staff John Peters Dean Carol Toufali Coordinator Jaimie Little Jerre Thornton Coordinator Florence, Italy Elizabeth Mulligan Office Assistant Globetrotter Editor & MIP Office Staff Marist College - Raymond McGale Lorenzo de’Medici Florence, Italy Florence Program Globetrotter Editor Meg Franklin Director Christina O’Sullivan & MIP Office Staff Christie Alfaro Assistant Director Kelly Gallucci Katharine Giglio Assistant Director Florence, Italy Molly Humphrey Resident Director LdM Office Staff Travis Mason Resident Director Linda Martorano Office Assistant Julianne Homula Joseph Giacalone Director, International Florence, Italy Recruitment LdM Office Staff 3 globetrotter 2011 Letter from the Editors Emily Fiore, Spain Jaime Little, Italy Ray McGale, Italy The Globetrotter is the official student-generated magazine of Marist International Programs. It is a great way for interested students to get an idea of all of the exciting places you can go as a Marist student. For those of us who have studied abroad, integrating our international experiences into our daily lives is an important part of keeping memories alive. The Globetrotter is also a part of the international community here on campus, where we can begin to piece together the lessons we learn and how we grow as people and citizens. One of the most important purposes of the Globetrotter is to ensure that the memories and stories created by students who have gone abroad are never forgotten. In these pages are a collection of essays and stories that fulfill the purposes of enlightening prospective students about the adventures of past students while also reminding those who have already gone abroad of the fun and grandeur of the rest of the world. It is important that we who have already gone abroad never forget the experiences that we had. Keeping these memories alive is essential to remind students of the lessons learned and the personal growth that occurred while studying in another country. It is almost a certainty that all those who go abroad mature and grow in relation to our awareness of the rest of the world. Retaining these memories and retelling these stories are the best ways of fostering this growth while back in the U.S. All three of us agree that it was an amazing experience working on the Globetrotter because we had the opportunity to read about the many great abroad memories and experiences of fellow students while also being able to relive our own experiences. Reading all the different articles brought us right back to the countries we so luckily got to live in for our semesters abroad. By working on the Globetrotter, we learned that studying abroad not only had such an impact on our own lives, but also on the many. We had the great privilege to read each individual lesson that was so generously provided to us by the article contributors, and smiles were brought to our faces as we looked at all the amazing photos that were submitted. The Colleen Bunce combination of the articles and photos really makes the Globetrotter a special way to commemorate study abroad experiences as well as encourage Marist students to make the decision to study abroad, which will change their lives in the most positive way. Studying abroad is important because it matures you and allows you to get a better perspective of the world and your nationality while instilling in you an independence you never would have felt otherwise. We hope you enjoy reading the articles as much as we did, whether they allow you to relive your own experiences or inspire you to study abroad. globetrotter 2011 4 Dollars to Go! $ $ Pat Taylor, Graduate School and Fellowship Advisor ...And Dollars to Go Back! F or all students contemplating a semester or a year abroad, one consideration will always be the cost of these studies. While most study abroad opportunities offered through Marist International Programs have costs comparable to study on the Marist campus in the United States, students should be aware of several unique scholarship opportunities for study abroad, both as a Marist student now, as well as later, when the urge to return abroad recurs. Listed below are the details of each of these remarkable funding opportunities. If you are interested in pursuing any of these, you should take special note of application deadlines and requirements, and be sure to visit the Office of Career Services located in Suite 332 of the James A. Cannivino Library, at your earliest opportunity. Advance preparation for these opportunities is absolutely essential! Contact us: In person in the James A. Cannavino Library 332, by phone at ext. 3547, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resources to Get Abroad…Now! Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship The Gilman Scholarship focuses on students with demonstrable financial need (indicated by receipt of Pell Grant funding) and has a particular interest in students targeting less traditional destinations (outside of Western Europe and Australia/New Zealand). Length of stay must be at least four weeks, but the program expresses a clear preference for longer-term programs. The scholarship awards up to $5,000 with an additional $3,000 available for those studying a language considered by the State Department to be of “critical need.” Deadlines are twice a year, in October and in March. http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program Boren Scholarship The Boren Scholarship emphasizes longer-term study abroad, less commonly taught language acquisition, and less traditional destinations – countries which are of central concern to the U.S. State Department in terms of national security considerations. Students with little to no mastery of the host country’s language are encouraged to apply. The Boren awards up to $20,000, and recipients take on a service obligation to work following graduation for a year in any office under U.S. State Department authority. Applications are due in early February. http://borenawards.org 5 globetrotter 2011 Resources to Get Abroad…Later! Fulbright U.S. Student Program The Fulbright funds nine to eleven months of research abroad – or the same amount of time for Fulbright recipients of grants for teaching English in another country. Countries under U.S. State Department travel warnings are not included in this competition. Students devise their own research proposal; the proposal must be one that can be completed in the allotted time, that promises to enhance binational, bicultural understanding, and that the student is equipped (both linguistically and intellectually) to pursue. Virtually any field of study is viable for a Fulbright proposal, although individual countries often have research priorities and restrictions. Research proposals require that the applicant receive the endorsement of an in-country host affiliation related to the student’s topic. English Teaching Assistantships are offered in a somewhat more restricted number of countries; ETAs are placed in schools or universities according to the host country’s needs. Language mastery requirements for the ETA-ships vary from country to country. All prospective applicants for the Fulbright face a deadline falling in October of the senior year – or October of any year following graduation. http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html The “Big Four” U.K. Advanced Study Scholarships • The Gates Cambridge Scholarship http://www.gatesscholar.org/ • The George J. Mitchell Scholarship http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/wmspage. cfm?parm1=34 • The Marshall Scholarship http://www.marshallscholarship.org/ • The Rhodes Scholarship http://www.rhodesscholar.org/ While these four opportunities are slightly different from each other in some respects, what they have in common is their purpose and their high standards for the applicant. All four fund graduate study in the United Kingdom, and all four expect applicants to be academically strong students with demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to the betterment of humanity. The applicant needs to have a clear rationale for studying at a specific university in the United Kingdom, as well as a compelling reason for studying in the country itself. All four of these foundations expect that recipients will one day assume leadership roles in their respective fields of endeavor. The Gates Cambridge Samantha Tobia supports two or more years of study at Cambridge University. The Mitchell Scholarship is tenable for a year of advanced studies at any Irish university. The Marshall Scholarship funds either one or two years of graduate study at any university in the UK and Ireland, while the Rhodes Scholarship is for master’s- level study at Oxford University. All of these competitions have deadlines in October of the senior year. globetrotter 2011 6 (A)broadening My Horizon M ost people travel across the world to see new things. I was no different. I wanted to see the Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge, the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains, and the Australian way of life. But my time in Australia represented more to me than an extended sightseeing holiday. I was not traveling simply to see new things, but to be new things: to be confident, to be social, to be adventurous, to be bold. Sarah Parsloe And while I learned about the quirks of the Australian culture, the landscape of the New Zealand islands, and the multicultural nature of Singapore, I also learned that sometimes you have to travel 22 hours to find yourself. Initially, I chose to study abroad in Australia because it offered both an internship program and a homestay option. I wanted to be in a place where I could completely immerse myself in both the family and professional lives of the people. I knew that I would most likely be lonely at first. And I was; it was difficult to make consistent contact with students I met while commuting to school. My first internship was not a good fit, and it felt strange to be eating food from someone else’s refrigerator. While I initially enjoyed exploring all the nooks and crannies of Sydney on my own, after some wandering I had a strange sensation that I was not quite “real.” They say that you see yourself in the way that others react to you. Because I had no one to engage with, I had no one to generate a reaction from. My discomfort forced me to expand. I began talking to anyone who looked friendly enough. I talked at the dinner table, on the university shuttle, in the classroom. Australians, being the friendly “blokes” that they are, responded well to conversation. I made friends on buses, on trains, in museums, and in my classes. My host family began referring to me as their second daughter, taking me to family occasions and proudly recording me as I sang bits of opera and Broadway to entertain their friends. Spring 2010 Sydney, Australia My newfound attitude of outgoing curiosity worked well. It seemed that overnight I had developed an entire support system that had not existed the month before. I had friends who wanted to show me their city and their food, to feed me meat pies, lamingtons and Tim Tams, and to take me to rugby games, city festivals, local concerts, and national parks. When my internship decided they had a glut of staff and could not keep me any longer, my host family was ready to call the internship agency, my youth group friends were ready to pray over me, and my university friends were ready to empathize with me and trash-talk my initial internship. Supported by this new net of “mateship,” I flourished. When the next internship opportunity came along, I was no longer a timid little intern who dutifully took out the trash. I became a full-fledged member of the office team, making suggestions to improve the Web site, generating key internal e-mails, writing articles, and proofing corporate literature. My new self-confidence made my coworkers comfortable around me. I fit in, as my company’s chair of the International Steering Committee would say, “like an old sock.” As I grew more comfortable with my life in Sydney, I pursued more experiences outside of it. I planned trips to learn to surf, to go white-water rafting, to go cliff diving, and to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef. I traveled to New Zealand to hike the Fox Glacier 7 globetrotter 2011 and to go horseback riding through the Lord of the Rings scenery. The pinnacle of the trip was the 43-meter bungee jump from the Kawarau Bridge. The bungee instructor told us that the most difficult part of the sport was simply persuading oneself to step off of the platform, to trust that something would catch you as you hurtled full tilt toward the impossibly blue river. I am proud to say that I leapt without hesitation. But all of this confidence-building in Australia would prove to be the dress rehearsal for my biggest challenge: presenting my academic research paper at a major international academic conference to be held in Singapore. In my sophomore year, I had written an original piece of communication research that was accepted into the International Communication Association’s (ICA) conference and had been working toward this conference for some time. The conference, to be held just eight hours from Sydney in Singapore, is generally comprised of graduate and doctoral work. I would be the only undergraduate with a paper in the conference, and would have to present it to a room full of professors who were acquainted with the leading research in the field. The very idea of it gave me sweaty palms. However, I was determined to represent my research. My research at Marist had been supported and mentored by Professor Cochece Davis from the Communications Department. However, I was overseas and Dr. Davis was traveling with a Marist spring attachment study abroad program in Australia and Samoa. As a result, I booked my flight and accommodation, registered for the conference, and prepared a PowerPoint largely on my own. I arrived in Singapore and checked into my hotel, confident that I would meet up with Dr. Davis at the opening reception. He would introduce me to his friends from various universities, offer last-minute tips on the presentation, and help to field any particularly complicated questions from the audience. “It hit me that my life in Sydney had prepared me for this.” Unfortunately (or so I thought at the time), things did not play out quite this way. Proud to have successfully checked into my hotel room, I purchased a few minutes of Internet time to check messages. An urgent e-mail from my professor informed me that he had been grounded in San Francisco and would not make the conference in time for my presentation. Suddenly, I found myself alone in a foreign country, with no cell phone and no mentor, and in the most intimidating situation I had ever faced. Although there was a moment of stark panic, it only lasted a moment. It hit me that my life in Sydney had prepared me for this. After months of navigating Australia, I had little trouble figuring out Singapore and getting to the conference on time. At the opening reception, I simply talked to any friendly-looking person, just as I had done in Australia. I soon had a notebook full of business cards, an invitation to a party hosted by Michigan State University, and a young doctoral student friend who enthusiastically agreed to tour the city with me. I realized that I could do this, and do it well. When it came time to present my paper, I stood and faced an audience filled mostly with people I had already befriended. It was not particularly intimidating simply explaining my research to friends who nodded enthusiastically from their seats. Halfway through the presentation, I realized that though I would have liked to have had my professor there during my presentation, I was capable of presenting and discussing my work, confidently, on my own. I was a researcher in my own right, and I had earned my place at the podium. Sarah Parsloe During my time in Australia, I petted a kangaroo, learned what “fair dinkum” means, and ate emu pizza. I tried to play the didgeridoo, saw a show in the Opera House, and went on a river safari in search of crocodiles. Although I will always remember these travel adventures vividly, what will remain with me more fundamentally is what I learned about my own limits. More specifically, I learned that by simply stretching out of my comfort zone, I can meet the most amazing people and achieve things I had thought were beyond me. In the end, I became a person who is willing to take the calculated risk, knowing that only by leaping out into the unknown can we discover that part of ourselves that catches us before we hit the river. globetrotter 2011 8 Bridging the Lauren Hall South Africa Great Divide Short-Term 2010 Spring Attachment I just met kids who treat Kit-Kat chocolate bars like edible gold, and I return home to a new Jeep Liberty. The thoughtful gift from my parents (the Jeep) jolted me though they have had some success, “equality” is still a distant dream. from Sub-Saharan Africa back to the suburban comforts of Most citizens gained legal freedom only recently, with my hometown. I see perfectly placed pansies and clean- Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected leader cut lawns, tricycles, and basketball hoops, brick houses in 1994. But history proves that legal freedom does not filled with families and (one hopes) love. Returning to the ensure the sort of ideological and social equality idealized USA from my short-term study in government documents. An abroad program in South Africa up-and-coming hip hop artist I challenged my conceptions of met in Zula Nightclub phrased it poverty and freedom. The impact best: “The black youth are free of my abroad experience still physically, but they are not free resonates in my life today. in their minds.” Never have I ever enjoyed a more genuine and Similar to most countries intellectual conversation at a dance compared to the U.S., South club than I did that night. Nino, Africa’s poor are often poorer. the hip hop artist, exuded passion While touring townships and when explaining his reason for cities, my eyes suffered from becoming a musical artist. He trying to adjust to the radioactive wants to free minds. glare of wealth one moment and the bleakness of poverty the Similarly, as Professor Lee of next. Bolts of ultraviolet rays the University of Western Cape would blare off platinum-silver explained to our group of Marist Escalades and leave unsettled students, hundreds of years of shadows on the shanty-towns a ruling culture insisting upon (groups of makeshift houses the inferiority of one race can constructed of off-cut wood and “fundamentally undermine” some corrugated iron), sometimes South African blacks’ ability located less than 200 feet away. to fully value their culture and themselves. In so offering this strong statement, Dr. Lee But economic status is not the only division between alluded to the reality that the major players in apartheid those with fancy cars and those with shanties in South worked so hard to create. During apartheid, whites in power Africa. Race and ethnicity also divide. Although black worked to hold blacks down; their tactic of oppression South Africans outnumber white South Africans eight to was to convince blacks that they belonged on the bottom. one, in terms of wealth distribution, this ratio turns on its H.F. Verwoerd, commonly referred to as the “Architect head and seemingly buries its denominator. Three hundred of Apartheid” and the man charged with the development years of colonialism and 60 years of a tyrannical apartheid of the black South African educational system, vowed “I regime segregate people ethnically, economically, and will reform it [black education] so that they will be taught ideologically. Social movements, led by change agents from childhood that equality with Europeans is not for such as the awe-inspiring Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, them.” What he proposed, and what he indoctrinated, was and Desmond Tutu, combat the injustice of apartheid. And ideological genocide. 9 globetrotter 2011 Nora Barry Compared to a world in which Mommies and Daddies and give them gifts. I am not critiquing my parents, as (trust shower their children with everything from candy to (often me) I am appreciative of the gift. “Jenny the Jeep” takes overstated) compliments, Verwoerd sounds like a villain me to a job, an internship, to friends and family, and to in a child’s story. His hate makes him seem like an evil adventures which all enrich my life. My parents, in trying to man from an evil place that enslaves the naughty children quell my confusion and frustration after receiving the Jeep, who will not eat their vegetables. His mantra of black explained their reasoning: I deserved it. Their gift was not education is incomprehensible. His words are an outrage meant to dote, but rather to empower. Empower me to see, and a tragedy, but to South Africans, his words and policies do, and achieve more. were reality. “My abroad trip engendered Moving forward, I am Experiencing South a sense of responsibility, and able to utilize this new Africa brought the history lesson of apartheid to life reminded me that opportunities for understanding by using words and education for me. My reality has making a difference can be found to support and discuss been changed. To be sure, not only abroad, but also right these complex issues villains like Verwoerd scar with others. While I almost every country; the here at home.” have worked with at- U.S. has had a longer time for similar wounds to heal. risk youth from the Poughkeepsie School District for some Even now, in post-civil rights America, after we have had time, I will now approach that work with a renewed vigor. hundreds of years to untangle and diffuse the racial tension Education does not inherently produce a better society instigated by 400 years of slavery, electing a black president and better individuals, but it acts as a foundation for both. was celebrated (or scorned) as a milestone. My abroad trip engendered a sense of responsibility, and reminded me that opportunities for making a difference can Americans generally experience less poverty and enjoy be found not only abroad, but also right here at home. I will more freedom; my welcome-home gift was a Jeep Liberty, now be able to engage in a greater amount of community not a Kit-Kat bar. My intention is certainly not to bash work, and with the help of the convenient transport afforded parents of better economic means who love their children me by my parents’ most generous gift. globetrotter 2011 10 Nick Webster Florence, Italy Spring 2010 Looking Through a I n the weeks before returning home, I had talked to friends at Marist who had recently returned from Different Lens The first thing I noticed on my some getting used to. Another initial their abroad experiences. Each of them Alitalia flight home was the national jolt I received was the realization that told me how they had experienced pride I felt for my country while people no longer paid in euros, but U.S. some degree of “reverse culture observing Italian passengers admiring dollars instead. Obviously prices were shock” as a result of returning home. the first sights of New York from the now displayed with the dollar sign too, I had no idea how this was possible, plane window. I was proud to call rather than the euro. but of course I had not yet returned the U.S. my home and be a part of to the United States, having spent the everything for which this country On the drive home from the airport, past four months of my life studying in stands. Upon landing I immediately it was a welcome comfort to see Florence. When first arriving in Italy, noticed airport employees speaking so much green along the Thruway. culture shock did not hit me very hard English, which had not been the norm Although Florence was very beautiful, at all, so I was confident I would be for me over the past few months. While it is composed primarily of stone and able to handle whatever America had walking the streets of Florence, I had brick. With the exception of the famous to throw at me when I came back home. become accustomed to people speaking Boboli Gardens, there is very little Readjustment to the United States had a variety of languages. It was a nice green space to be found. I had never presented not only challenges but also relief to hear a language I completely been so struck by the vibrant green opportunities and new insights. understood again, although this took Thruway landscape. 11 globetrotter 2011 After a few more days, I began to It made me very grateful to know I had Now that I have studied abroad and look at the American flag differently. seen this part of the French Riviera have had the opportunity to see other Obviously it has always been a symbol with my own eyes. Another such countries and experience different of national pride to me, as an American. moment occurred when I noticed a cultures, I feel I am able to see things However, the U.S. flag is no longer the van with an advertisement portraying in a more “balanced” way. Before, the “default” flag in my mind, since I have a building I knew I had seen before. United States was the only country observed many different I knew. After studying in flags while spending time in those respective countries. “I really did learn to Florence for a semester, I now have a strong appreciation for I now understand it to be expect the unexpected.” different ways of life, as well my nation’s flag, but have as an enhanced appreciation of a stronger awareness that it is not the Almost immediately, I recognized my own. I really did learn to “expect the only one in the world, and that pride the picture and wanted to yell “LA unexpected” during my study abroad in a citizen’s flag is not limited to the SAGRADA FAMILIA!” - the Catalan and will carry this positive attitude United States. church famously designed by Gaudi. forward. I do miss the small things I have enjoyed both the reflective as from my study abroad, like being able After studying abroad, I definitely well as the lighter moments since my to look down on the streets of Florence see the world through a more nuanced return in thinking through the meaning from my apartment’s balcony each lens. Visiting different countries of my time spent abroad. morning. However, I am confident that has aided me in developing a strong one day I will have the opportunity to admiration for cultures other than my relive these experiences again, and am own. I have also enjoyed a couple thankful for the new perspective I have Nick Webster of lighter, “aha” moments that have gained. reminded me of my time abroad. For example, shortly after my return to the United States, I went to the movie theater to see Ironman 2. I enjoyed the movie, but what I found particularly exciting was seeing the scenes filmed in Monaco, where I had been less than three months prior. globetrotter spring 2011 globetrotter 2011 15 12 Morocco and Roll Andrew Clinkman Rabat, Morocco Spring 2010 Adjusting to a New Lifestyle I t was like a scene out of a film when one’s life is drastically and immediately changed. As I gazed out developed country than the USA. While there are similarities such as taxis, nightclubs, McDonald’s, large not have been a problem if we had possessed a kitchen with all of the appliances with which I was familiar the window at Casablanca, Morocco, financial buildings, and groups of teens (or at least a microwave and oven). it seemed surreal that I would spend at beaches, the material differences can However, instead of putting dinner the next four months of my life in be striking. The Muslim nation is run into the microwave for five minutes, North Africa. I thought I was mentally by a moderate monarchy that is making my roommate and I would spend hours prepared for the different, slower- many positive, modernizing decisions preparing food for a meal. All told, paced, less technological lifestyle. for the African nation. However, our sparse kitchen came complete From the plane, I saw highway exits unemployment, living conditions, and with dishes, a refrigerator, a cold- consisting of dirt roads; exiting the health issues remind the sojourner of water sink, and a hot plate. In most plane, I walked forward into this new Morocco’s economic realities. During American kitchens, this would be seen culture. This essay will reflect on my my time there, I struggled with seeing as inadequate. However, in Morocco, growth as an individual in a country families sleeping on the streets and this was the norm. where most citizens’ material wealth relying on handouts to survive. does not approach that which I once Learning to cook without a well- took for granted. I initially struggled An example of adjusting to life stocked kitchen was initially difficult. in this context, but over time I realized without the comforts of home was In the beginning, our meals never that reflection on these differences the absence of something that college ceased to involve pasta or hot dogs. was imperative to my personal freshmen are rarely without in their However, as time went on and as development. dorm: a microwave. I realized this we longed for something tastier, we problem the moment I walked into my journeyed outside of our comfort zone To understand my study abroad apartment in Rabat. My roommate, to the local souks (markets), butchers, experience, it is important to remember Cody, and I were to subsist on food bakeries, and fresh fruit and vegetable that Morocco is a far less economically of our own cooking, which would stands. Going to one of these shops 13 globetrotter 2011 was always an adventure. Sometimes my friends and family at all times was as important when I returned home. I we would end up with mystery meat initially a shock, but it was something am constantly reminded that I should and other times an overabundance of I learned to enjoy. There was a feeling be gracious for the opportunities spices. Over time, however, shopping of liberation when I was no longer that I enjoy and lose my attachment in the markets became routine as the controlled by the Internet and cell to unnecessary things such as cell shop owners became accustomed to phone. I had some contact with friends phones, microwaves, and other non- seeing us, two American students and family while abroad, but I did not essential items. Witnessing firsthand making fools of themselves using a stress over a lack of constant contact. the struggles of people to feed their combination of hand gestures, French, In many ways, the world in Morocco children is a vivid memory that will stay Arabic, and English to formulate seemed more pleasant than the hectic with me forever. In the wider context, requests. By the end of our semester, lifestyle of the northeastern United my experience allowed me to better “Not having the ability to keep in touch with my friends and family at all times was initially a shock.” however, cooking matured to the States. Sure, it was a hassle at times appreciate the fruitful, wonderful life point that our hotplate acted as our not being able to receive e-mail, that I live in the USA. I look forward stove, oven, and microwave. We check out sports scores, or log onto to the day when I will again walk the made delicious meals such as chicken Facebook but, as with the microwave, souks of Morocco and live the less parmesan, beef stews, and authentic I was surprisingly able to survive technological life, but even if that day Moroccan dishes. By the end of our and flourish. Over time, I was able to never comes, I will always remember stay, it was the thought of eating achieve a balance in communication as the lessons of my sojourn. chicken nuggets or hot dogs on a my Study Abroad Center provided free regular basis that seemed foreign. Internet during the week that easily took care of my needs. Beyond the culinary context, In Morocco, I learned something another area of my life in Morocco that unexpected about my life. I found the required perseverance was in adjusting things which were essential in my life to life without the Internet, television, before going abroad were no longer or steady cell-phone service. Not having the ability to keep in touch with Andrew Clinkman globetrotter 2011 14 Interview with Luca Zoccadelli (Visiting professor from Florence, Italy) 1. Have you enjoyed your experience thus far at Marist? Yes, it’s the first time that I’m in the States not as a tourist but working and living here for a longer period. I’m experiencing daily what the USA is like. 2. Did you experience any culture shock when you first came to the U.S.? Yes, I experienced some difficulties adjusting to the local way of living and organizing public and private services. The biggest thing that initially disappointed me and made me feel frustrated, which I still can’t get used to, is when people greet me, they say “how are you,” and as I start to answer the question, I see they run away careless of my answer. I understand that this is not a question but just a way to say “Hi,” but still I wonder why people just don’t say “Hi.” In my country this behavior would be strange, disrespectful, and unacceptable, and it struck me as such. I had another funny experience when paying at stores. Generally, one is supposed to swipe his own credit card, whereas in Italy the clerk always does it for the customer. I often found myself in an odd situation where I was handing my credit card to the clerk who was staring at me, in silence, with an inquisitive face as if I were an alien. I felt very provincial. Apart from these and other banal episodes, I could easily grow accustomed to the new American culture and uses. Positive shocks were, one, finding very efficient customer service everywhere and, two, that waiters are polite, or I would say, overwhelmingly enthusiastic and attentive, asking every other five minutes if it’s okay. 3. What are the biggest differences between teaching at LdM and teaching at Marist? It’s difficult to generalize, but I think that American students I’m used to teaching belong to a special group of people who decided to make a great and challenging experience of studying abroad. This makes them different in the motivation they have for studying Italian language and the possibility they have to experience it out of the classroom. Their attitude in class towards classmates and professor is more open, active, and cooperative. I didn’t expect that it could be so difficult to communicate some aspects of Italian culture outside of Italy. 4. What are the biggest differences between living in an American city such as Poughkeepsie and an Italian city such as Florence? Most Italian cities have antique origin and they have a historical center where you can admire beautiful palaces, picturesque streets, and wonderful monuments, or lounge in one of the coffee and pastry bars, tasting delicious treats. In Poughkeepsie, or even in New York, they have different ways to enjoy and spend their spare time. In Italy people tend to have a more relaxed schedule, whereas in the States, especially in big cities like New York, people’s life is more frenetic, and I discovered myself planning too many things in one day: trips, museum visits, cocktail parties, dinners, bars, clubs, and concerts. Another relevant difference I found, compared with Italy, are the big distances one needs to drive to reach places for basic needs. If I didn’t have a car I couldn’t go shopping to the supermarket or to the farms. Concerning landscape and countryside around both Poughkeepsie and Florence, I was very happy to find beautiful woods and a reservoir where I could hike or practice horse riding. 15 globetrotter 2011 5. What’s your favorite thing you’ve done so far in the U.S.? Visiting gospel churches in Harlem was an amazing experience. I was also struck by how all museums are wonderfully organized in space, showing and lights! In Italy we have a lot of pieces of art in small museums so that sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate them properly. 6. Will you have a different view of American students studying in Italy after teaching in America? Sure. My working experience at Marist College for Prof. Fall 2010 has been a very interesting opportunity Zoccad which allowed me to observe firsthand and better understand students’ expectations, our elli at respective cultures, and learning environments. Marist My cooperation with Marist College contributed to my personal and professional development. Working in Marist College College in a totally different professional environment and with new colleagues led to a proficient exchange of ideas and thoughts, from different points of view. 7. What will you miss most about America? The pragmatic spirit of people and their way of communicating directly, less ceremonious and formal than Italians. Italians sometimes are slaves to their social or professional role and this affects their attitude, making them more formal, or at least worried, of their image and self-representation. 8. What will you miss least about America? Watching some TV news such as CNN broadcasts caused me great anxiety, always warning on threats and possible attacks by Muslim terrorists. Commercials on TV made me feel the need to remodel my house and buy a new super-safe bathtub, even if I don’t own a house. It was funny to read constant reminders on obvious everyday life facts: coffee is very hot and could burn, watch the step, watch before crossing the street, objects in mirror are closer than they appear. But when I attempt to know the ingredients of what I eat, I find vague information on what I’m putting in my stomach. Many foods’ Cassandra Jesmonth packaging shows that the product is “good source of ...something...” such as vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants. Finally, when I needed to go to the hospital the first thing they asked me for at the reception was my insurance and my credit card, and I had to ask permission to my insurance company before I could benefit from it. 9. Would you want to come back to America to visit? Any final words? Yes, the States are so big that I have experienced a little part of this universe. I basically got to know Poughkeepsie and several areas and towns upstate, NYC, and Salt Lake City with its state parks, lakes, and mountains. There are so many more places left to be discovered. globetrotter 2011 16 Fall 2010 Participants Argentina Greece Toniann Carlone Christina Carmona Buenos Aires Athens Daniel Collery Cultural University of Nicholas Corso Cherilyn Crema Experiences Indianapolis Danielle Dacchille Abroad Lindsey Flanders Marissa DeAngelis Krista Boni Nina LaMonica Milena DelVecchio Australia Ireland Rebecca Demetriades Amanda DeTurris Melbourne Cork Thomas DeVaney Deakin University Emily Dinova University College Tena Elman Vincent Ginardi Cork Thomas Graziano Kristen Epifania Katherine Wetzler Melody Felix Lynde Kayser Leigh Fleming Gregory Sulik Dublin Lauren Foster Queensland Foundation for International Margaret Frenzel Griffith University Erika Giannelli Kimberly Conlon Education Lisa Glover Janeen Featherston Jaclyn Goldbaum Nicole Romano Colin Fitzgerald Megan Grogan Sydney Limerick Elizabeth Hemmer Brenna Igoe Australian Catholic University University of Limerick Jack Kensil Sarah Black Jessica Kent Rebecca Dimler Lina Kirby Julie Doboszczak Shannon Tota Jessica Kliwinski Larissa Gojdycz Macquarie Italy Lisa Koehler Alexis Kroll University Florence John Lacey Lauren Chicolo Lorenzo de’ Medici Katherine Leonard Kacie Reilly Stephanie Accetta Gina Luciano Samuel Rodriguez Grace Andruszkiewicz Hannah Magargel Caitlyn Rowan Nicole Aquila Lauren Mazzola Stephanie Bacilo Richard Minieri Czech Jacqueline Barrett Robert Nixon Kaitlyn Northrop Republic Lindsay Blevins Hillary Boz Gina Orlandi Michael Ozolnieks Prague Patricia Brennan Christopher Bryan Christine Palermo CIEE Deirdre Burns Ashley Lynn Paveglio Meghan Barbour Mariam Calleja Daniela Pereira Laura Formanek Kerry Caputo Kaitlin Pfister 17 globetrotter 2011 Krystin Prastil Granada Carly DeCoursey Ariel Puccio Academic Programs Madeline Deneen Taylor Raab International Brandon DeWitt Vincent Ricciardi James Morrow-Polio Megan Fuchsius Steven Rizzo Melissa Gallagher Samantha Rooney Ayla Rosen Madrid Katelyn Gillet Patrick Gonzales Ryan Royce Universidad Carlos III Rebecca Gretschel Lindsey Sacco Stephanie Caraballo Emily Knapp Kristyn Sarro Kristy Cosgrove Katherine Kondraske Angela Scherba Kristine Horwitz Erin Lynch John Sowulski Jennifer Levine Jessica Mennis John Vernazza Lindsay Piasecki Kaitlin Mullan Stephanie Waring Peter Rottenbucher Oludara Oni Kristen Wieber Marissa Sala Morgan Powers Nicole Zuar Molly Sloan Nicole Radassao Nicholas Smith BreeAnne Rodriguez Lauren Strumpf Stephanie Rosen Rome Mary Roth Lorenzo de’ Medici Seville Sarah Schmidt Storm Heitman Academic Programs Paula Somlo International Laura Sumich Angela Borge Rachel Sweeney Japan Katie Meena Kaitlin Vanderhoff Stacey Vespe Allyson Swedler Tokyo Alexandra Vucetic Elizabeth Wesley Temple University Amanda Weston Caroline Kim Nicole Wilson United Hansard Scholars New Zealand Kingdom Programme Canterbury Kelsea Burch University of London Matthew Freed Canterbury- Foundation for Christchurch International University of Sophie Ordway Education Westminster Vanessa Adamo Peter Vinnicombe Spain Allyse Bamonte Crystal Barnett Barcelona Kaitlin Barrett Madeline Bergeron IES Jacqueline Brophy Margaret Kolb Teresa Cardillo Renee Remi Michelle Carpenter Academic Programs Carolyn Chisholm International Christina Choi Danielle Provost Emma Curtis globetrotter 2011 18 2010 Short-Term Participants Australia, Alyson Laverty Kimberly Lyons London and New Zealand, Shaun Morrison Mary Roth Barcelona and Samoa Katelyn Rotondaro Samantha Sitler Global Fashion Prof. Sonia Roy Advanced Kaley Skoglund Lindsey Anderson Communication Jessica Stevenson Emily Banas and Culture Prof. Cochece Davis India Jacquelyn Dubicki Samantha Gioffre Toni Ann Arrigo Global Aspects Julia Janicelli Jenna Colin of Technology Brooke Kristensen Amber Lopez Thomas Durante Cassandra Fernandez Management Victoria Minkel Melissa Hansen Prof. Beate Klingenberg Ashley Newell Patrick McDerby Nicole Percacciolo Prof. Eitel Lauria Sara Roberts Amanda Nasner Laurie Andreola Andrew Peters Renee Rumpf Ryan Bingham John Bubenheim Paris, France Christopher Sharkey Ryan Sharkey Luis Castillo The Paris of Impressionist Necla Uluc Theresa Dowden Philip Horgan Painters Barbados Sampathku Swaminathan Jeffrey Weiss Prof. Anne Bertrand-Dewsnap Arianna Cesa Psychology of Cynthia Dagenais Interpersonal Israel Milena DelVecchio Caroline Martin Communication Jesus and the Prophets Alanna Miller Prof. Tim Massie Nicholas Seinfeld Prof. John Scileppi Melissa Sonier James Barrett III Myriah Anderson Julianna White Nicholas Basile Matthew Lubrano Kristen Zirkel Kimberly Birch Nicholas Mayr Sean Cox Scott Mayr Paris Fashion Matthew DeMayo Timothy Owen Prof. Radley Cramer Samuel Green Shannon Tota Patricia Fairclough Courtney Jackson Lauren Foster Colleen Kopchik Brendan Regan Japan Laura Knight Andrew Ludington James Reid Visions of Japan Kaitlyn McGann Patrick Sheehan Prof. Richard Lewis Gina Orlandi Jennifer Williams Berlin and Prague Maxwell Carow Jessica Chiarella Kate Zagami Principals of Judaism Prof. Steve Sansola Rachael Chiarella Tonimarie Chiarella Peru Elyse Brendlen Sam Curcio Peter Esposito Business and Culture Thomas Dekeyser Anthony Figalora Prof. Joanne Gavin Darcie Derrico Caroline Greer Adam Barlow Storm Heitman Nicole Khoueiri John Cram Gregory Kaplan Amanda Letchko James Daly Taylor Raab Brian McMillan Ashley Huffman Jesenia Sanchez Keith Moran Emily Kaplan Kim Stagg Jonathan Porras Melissa Kark Michael Steier Rebecca Smith Kelly Motley Edward Ybarra Daniel Parcells Greece and London, England South Africa Shakespeare Turkey Prof. Richard Grinnell South African Culture Prof. Eddie Summers Intercultural Sophia Bulahan Caitlin Colquhoun Nora Barry Communications Emily Dinova Nelson Benitez Janeeka Benoit Prof. Subir Sengupta Michelle Gebele Brittany Bonesteel Julia Capodicasa Katrina Kass Katherine Leonard Emily Callahan Stephanie D’Adamo Cara Cannone Alexandra D’Ercole Victoria Mather Tiana Pappas Lauren Hall Katharine Fox Jeannie Lukin Daniel Pearles 19 John Sowulski Bryan McCarthy Myles Williams globetrotter 2011 2011 Short-Term Programs/Directors Winter Intersession Ghana Barbados Politics, Community Psychology of Interpersonal Development, and Entrepreneurship Communication Prof. Eddie Summers Prof. John Scileppi Hawaii Culturally Responsive Education Spring Break Prof. Martha Girardi Ireland England, Scotland, and Ireland Dubliners and the Literature of Ireland Business in England, Scotland, Prof. Tommy Zurhellen and Prof. Lea and Ireland Graham Prof. Joanne Gavin Israel and Jordan Paris, Geneva, and Amsterdam Religious Studies Intercultural Communications Prof. Tim Massie Prof. Subir Sengupta Turkey and Greece Religious Studies Spring Attachment Prof. Tim Massie Brazil Brazilian Fashion: Workroom to Runway More information on our short-term programs can be found at: Prof. Sonia Roy and Prof. Radley http://www.marist.edu/international/ Cramer shortprograms England Shakespeare in London Prof. Richard Grinnell globetrotter 2011 20 The Asia Summer Abroad Program Kelly Gallucci, Office Staff A fter working in the abroad office for nearly two years, I know the drill. At the start of each semester students The program, a joint effort between Marist and program founder Dr. Wesley King from the University of Dayton, offers With such a large focus on travel and visiting various countries, many students applying worry about how classes will begin rushing into the office with questions students a way to expand their résumés, be conducted. Each student is expected about application dates, deadlines and – making them attractive to employers to enroll in a minimum of four courses, the million dollar question – where they looking for students with diverse but these courses will be unlike anything should go?! Most majors adapt fairly international experience. David Newman, they have ever experienced. Classes can easily to the constraints of going abroad. a Marist student and alum of the program, meet on the road, on the weekends, in Literature majors find England’s past believes that it did just that. “Globalization the early morning, or late at night. As for authors inspiring, fashion merchandising is upon us,” Newman shared. “We must the traditional classroom setting, students majors find fashion courses in Italy. But compete for jobs globally; this program should leave all ideas of that behind. From what about those majors who struggle shows participants how competitive Asia is business conference rooms to the roofs of to find the place where their future goals in the global market.” Buddhist temples, these “classrooms” are join with a cultural experience? For sure to keep students interested in what business majors, they they are learning. may find this melding in “But what about those majors who the Asia Summer Abroad Program, or ASAP. struggle to find the place where Newman concluded by saying that he could their future goals join with a cultural not think of a single As the name suggests, experience? For business majors, they downside to the program. ASAP occurs over the He came away with summer and is a full- may find this in ASAP.” excellent skills such time semester abroad as adapting to diverse experience that has been taking business Newman discovered the program when and dynamic international situations majors and minors to Asia since 1998. searching for an abroad opportunity that and “learning to communicate with Under the helpful guidance of five to six catered specifically to business majors. people without understanding a common U.S. university professors, students do He had always wanted to go to Asia, and language or culture. The world is vast and not simply settle down in one country, but the program seemed to be a perfect fit. I walked away from the program with a rather travel to a variety of places, learning “Nothing was as I expected,” Newman new understanding of what it means to be about business administration, economics, said. “Each country was different because, American.” communications, religion, and cultural despite being in Asia, every culture is differences along the way. The tentative unique. Everything was challenging, Interested in applying? Shoot an e-mail itinerary for the upcoming 2011 summer whether it was ordering food or trying to to email@example.com if you have includes the countries of Cambodia, China, be polite in situations that do not exist in any questions. More information on the Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Tibet, the U.S.” program is also available on the Marist and Vietnam. Students generally International Programs Web site (http:// leave for the program halfway www.marist.edu/international/asap. through May and return in html). Happy travels! August. 21 globetrotter 2011 The Florence Freshman Experience Kelly Gallucci, Office Staff A s the stress of finals begins tearing at us all, we tend to forsake our homework for moments of wistful also appreciated the variety of opportunities the school offered for involvement. She was an active member of the Cinema Club, Florence and still not see everything there is, with secret hideaways and fun stores tucked away.” dreaming. Perhaps you think of your warm Writing Club, and Dance Club during While the cultural exploration of Italy bed, or of eating in a place other than the her year abroad. Once back at Marist she is a key part of studying abroad, so is the basement of James Cannavino Library, followed the same pattern and today is the school. Students are expected to take 12 or (if you are like me) perhaps you think vice president of the student body. to 16 credits each semester. With over 400 of someone handing you a plane ticket classes to choose from, it’s easy to find and saying go to Europe and leave school Florence has proven to be an excellent something that fulfills a requirement. Most behind. In my senior year of high school, location for freshman travelers because they take a language class to help them get by, this is exactly what happened. find themselves accompanied by a variety and many students, like me, do use some of other Marist students. This is because electives for things like cooking class! This I received a phone call that seemed Florence is one of the top study abroad is mostly because there are no meal plans like a hoax. A woman was telling me that locations for students and has been for over in Florence – and why should there be? instead of spending my freshman year at 15 years! So if you missed out on the FFE Once in Italy, you’ll be surrounded by such Marist College I could board a plane for program, there are plenty of chances for you amazing food it will inspire you to try your Italy. Sure I would still be in hand in the kitchen. So school and have homework. “You can spend days just in Florence pack a cookbook because But I would be spending experimenting with a year in Florence, Italy, and still not see everything there is.” recipes is one of the best where Dante penned the Inferno, where Da to find your way over there later on. parts of the experience. Vinci painted and Michelangelo sculpted? I said yes immediately and two months Once the hub of the Renaissance, Are you itching for a plane ticket yet? later I was leaving JFK with 20 strangers Florence continues to be rich in a variety of Are you ready to experience an Italian slice for Marist’s Florence Freshman Experience art forms: from music to fashion to writing of pizza or some smooth gelato? Can you (FFE) program, hoping I had made the to painting! Essentially, if you want to do it, handle an impromptu conversation with right choice. you can do it in Florence. Because the city your favorite grocer, who teaches you the is constantly alive and abuzz with activity, Italian words for apples and oranges? Can Today, I am a senior back in classes often go on field trips for more you afford to miss the opportunity to try? Poughkeepsie, and spending a year in hands-on learning. It’s a location designed Florence was the best decision of my life. for students who are highly motivated and If this sounds like a chance you I gained confidence, made friends I will interested in absorbing another culture. can’t live without, head over to Marist never forget, and carry with me stories Julianne Homola, a Florence alum, found International Programs. Current Marist that entertain and amaze all whom I share herself never wanting to leave the city. students hoping to get away soon, ask for them with. A huge part of why my time was “There is always something to do Carol Toufali or call 845–575–3330 successful there was the fact that Lorenzo in Florence,” she said. “You to schedule an appointment. Any de’ Medici (the school in Florence) is a can spend days just in future Marist students reading this branch campus of Marist. This means who want to try for the Freshman that one floor of its academic building is a Experience, shoot an e-mail to Marist office, stocked with staff who were firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy always ready to leap to my aid whether travels! it was worries over living in Gartland or Foy (I chose Gartland) or what classes I needed to complete my major on time. Heather Staats, a fellow FFE alum, had the same experience. “My advisor was fantastic!” she shares. “She helped me make a plan for the next three years at Marist (a plan I still follow religiously).” Staats globetrotter 2011 22 The 24 of March th Samantha Tobia Spring 2010 Argentina 23 globetrotter 2011 O n March 24th all work and classes are cancelled in Buenos Samantha Tobia Aires, Argentina. It is a different type of holiday. There are no super-sales at car dealerships, no mad rushes of busy buyers at department stores. No traditional dishes are prepared, no particular gifts are given, and no special clothing is worn. The only thing that is different from the rest of the sweltering, hot, fall days is what takes place in the Plaza de Mayo. As I scale the stairs out from the subway, I can already hear drum beats and shouts. It has a beat, a rhythm, a message. The pace of my footsteps and the pace of my heart quicken. Barely any cars are passing on the busy streets, but people are everywhere. I have five minutes until I need to meet my professor and classmates on the corner of Avenida de Mayo and Tacuarí. Our assignment for the day: observe. Be a part of what is going on. Pick a street, march on it, and end in the Plaza de Mayo. The Plaza de Mayo is located at the tip of the city, right on the coast of the Rio de la Plata. While not in the center of the city, it is the heart of the city. The presidential building, the Casa Rosada, sits regally at the head of this rectangular plaza of manicured lawns and palm trees. In 1810, the plaza was the starting point of the revolution that led to Argentina’s independence. It is here where Eva Peron delivered her many passionate speeches in the late 1940s. Yet, on March 24th, 1976, President Peron was overthrown in the Casa Rosada, and the pride and passion of the citizens quickly transformed into fear and silence. “No matter how packed the street may be...or how tired their perfect viewing spot on the top of a metal, green newspaper stand. we are, it doesn’t matter, The huge lenses cover their serious, professional faces. because we are all here.” Words are everywhere – on signs, on flyers, on banners, in songs, in chants, in shouts, in protests: juicio, castigo, no olvidamos, justicia, March 24, 1974 marked the official start of the military dictatorship memoria, los desaparecidos, la verdad, nuca más. Faces are also or “dirty war” that trampled on human rights, used fear as its most everywhere. The hopeful face of a young man who is holding the framed powerful weapon, and ultimately led to the “disappearance” of 30,000 picture of someone he resembles to his chest. The passionate face of a people. Mothers of the disappeared can still be seen protesting each middle-aged woman, with a megaphone pressed up against her mouth, Thursday evening in this plaza, wearing white headscarves. Light blue as she leads an LGBT group in song. The tear-stricken face of an elderly numbers that have been delicately stitched into the headscarves detail the woman, who is crying because she is now so heavily reminded of her day, month, and year that their daughters or sons disappeared. While 25 year-old pregnant daughter, who has been missing for the past 34 the military regime has long ended, the testimonials of survivors have years. There are also the eerie black and white faces of the disappeared not. They are still echoed in court rooms, documentaries, museums, and themselves – one banner of portraits runs the length of the street, lifted up history books, as well as present in the shouts, drum beats, dances, and by hundreds of marchers. marches of the thousands of citizens that rally each year in the Plaza de Mayo. The ebb and flow of the marching ends in the Plaza. Everyone congregates to hear the words of mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, and The streets are packed with people and a contagious energy. There is survivors who clearly remember what this country was like 34 years ago. this feeling that something fantastic is about to happen. No matter how I have no idea what they went through. I cannot even begin to comprehend packed the street, no matter how bright the sun, or how tired we are, what it is like to have someone you love disappear suddenly, never to it does not matter. We are all here, alive, and able to be a part of this return. So while March 24th was a day I know I will always remember, together. We are all able to remember that this happened together, tell our I also felt rightfully disconnected. It was almost as if certain emotions children about it, and hope that it never happens again. were reserved for those in the march who had actually lived through this experience. Yet while my participation in the commemoration alongside Thousands of people march from three separate streets and pour into Argentineans on March 24, 2010 was essentially that of an observer, I feel the Central Plaza. Young adults start chanting a song to the beat of the the better for it and appreciate the new perspective I have gained. And drum, while waving their handmade banners above their heads. Children indeed, if perhaps we better document and better remember what little sit on the shoulders of their parents, holding the black-and-white portrait mistakes or terrible atrocities we have committed, we, as members of the of a family member – perhaps an aunt they never met – who disappeared human race, can prevent similar events from occurring in the future. “Sin years before they were even born. A group of photographers have found memoria, no hay justicia ni futuro.” globetrotter 2011 24 Cultural Lessons in Megan Francis Unlikely Places Florence, Italy Spring 2010 B efore living and studying in a foreign country, I gave little thought to what makes U.S. culture meeting point was not clearly marked. I felt agitated. When we finally did board a shuttle, we stood and gripped overhead When I arrived home after 7:00 p.m., I was overcome by the realization that, as an American, I have very little patience. unique. And when I did give it thought, handles for the full 45-minute ride. I felt I need fast-paced environments and short I could not quite put my finger on what, like I had completed a full-body work- lines. Or at least, before studying abroad, in some sense, unites us as a collective out by the time of our arrival at Ikea. I thought I did. Now, I have come to people in the U.S. I have learned that While I had never been to an Ikea store learn that a little waiting can be good for understanding culture is akin to holding before, I was hoping to be in and out the soul — especially when the sort of a book too close to one’s face and within an hour. lingering involves sharing a five-course trying to read it. Just as holding a book Italian dinner with dear friends, family, further away sometimes displays the text My expectations did not fit the and a bottle of Italy’s finest Vernaccia more clearly, grasping cultural traits is reality. I was in Ikea for close to four wine. sometimes also best when viewed from hours. It was congested — seemingly a distance. A semester of study abroad in more crowded than American highways My next cultural breakthrough Florence and three insightful encounters during rush hour. Finding things was occurred in a café called Piero and abroad later, I have gained new insight difficult for me, as everything was in Sandra’s Bar. My teacher was Piero, a into not only Italian but U.S. culture as Italian and there were many aisles and portly, balding, Italian man – probably in well. sections. On top of all this, it struck me his fifties or sixties. I remember the first that Italians appeared to walk much more time we met, it was a rainy Saturday and After only one Sunday in Italy, I slowly than many Americans. Agitated, I wanted nothing more than a large cup of was already starting to discern potential tired and with little patience, I walked American-style coffee. I walked into his cultural nuances about Americans that I out of the store at about 5:30 p.m., the bar very nervous to order my first coffee had not noticed before. I had my first shopping experience taking me nearly the way the Italians do. Piero spoke epiphany during an excursion to, believe four times longer than I had expected. It broken English but was sympathetic it or not, Ikea. The morning started off was another two hours before I made it to my same inability to conquer the great; we missed the first shuttle as the back to my apartment. language barrier. He brought me my Megan Francis 25 globetrotter 2011 Café Americano within minutes. Then seems driven by superficial elements culture is all about the fast train. Living Jaimie Little he started singing to me, in Italian. I had such as time and money, but beneath it in Italy, and meeting the happy man that no idea what he was saying. Overcome all, we are all people who could benefit makes leather boxes for a living, helped by the amount of attention he paid to me, from interacting with someone as nice as me realize that the option to live slower one foreign customer, I was too startled Piero. in other countries is certainly something to say anything more than “bravo” to underappreciated. him. We exchanged names and smiles, My final cultural lesson came from and I continued to come back to his a man who makes leather boxes for American culture is something I bar a few more times that same week. a living. I met this man as part of an cannot change. However, as I write this Then I started coming multiple times educational excursion for one of my and sip my Starbucks frap with Facebook a week for the rest of the semester. He art courses in Florence. This man was minimized, after having just sent five was very eager for me to learn Italian so one of the happiest, self-fulfilled men different text messages to friends, I that we could have more in-depth realize I have the power to conversations. But that took time “I have come to grasp change my own life. I may not and patience, of which, to my ditch the cell phone and laptop surprise, he had a lot. I brought American culture with a tomorrow, or bike 15 miles to my friends to his bar, and they fell newfound understanding.” work like the man who makes in love with Piero’s gentleness leather boxes, but I can definitely and jolliness just as I had. I even brought I ever met, yet I only spoke with him be friendlier to my Starbucks barista. my parents to meet him. After only for about an hour. I learned that it takes Sure, he probably won’t sing to me, or two months, I was able to have basic three weeks minimum to complete one teach me a second language, but I am conversations with Piero in Italian, and leather box by hand, but he enjoys what optimistic that there are other things he he was just as thrilled as I was about that. he does so the time does not bother him. could teach me. I still hope to never go Every day he rides his bike 15 miles to into another Ikea for a long time, but now I will never forget my most prized and from work, and at noon he takes a I do not mind if people walk a bit slower lesson I learned from my interactions with break from working to have a homemade in front of me. Thus, a sincere thank Piero: how humbling genuine friendships lunch with his mother. In his spare time, you to all my teachers: the Ikea store, with complete strangers can be. As kids, he learns as much English as he can. His Piero, and the happy man who makes many Americans are taught “never talk to love for learning is almost as deep as his leather boxes for a living. I have come to strangers,” and, as New Yorkers, we are love for living the “simple life.” As he grasp American culture with a newfound taught to avoid eye contact when walking phrased so nicely, in Italy, there are two understanding, and better understand the streets. I have come to see much of options for transportation: the slow train both Italian as well as other perspectives that as a tragedy. I think about America (which costs less), or the fast train (which and world views. Whether the Italian and its coffee shops lined on every gets to a destination in half the time but way is a better or worse way to live, I corner. Though the workers at these costs double the price). My leather box- will leave that to the reader to decide. shops are always friendly, I could never making friend prefers the slow train What I can say for certain is that there is picture myself developing such a bond – both literally and metaphorically. In no single way to live, so appreciate the with a Starbucks barista. However, after American culture, the slow train is often differences, and take a step back to see my trip, I do look at strangers differently. not an option. We are a country where text them firsthand, and in full view. Who knows — maybe the Starbucks messaging, instant messaging, social- barista really does want me to have a networking, and other technologies get great day. On the surface, our culture faster and more popular each month; our globetrotter 2011 26 Eyjafjallajökull: A Volcano of Emotion Katie Gallagher Spring 2010 Dublin, Ireland 27 globetrotter 2011 “I came to understand how valuable it is to completely immerse yourself in the culture as much as you can for the time you are there. It slips away too quickly, but the memories you make will last forever.” M y four exciting months of studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland ended quickly. From traveling all over the country, as well as all over Europe the chance to live in another country for, literally, months. Use the opportunity to the fullest extent by truly interacting with your surroundings. Do not just to countries such as Italy, Spain, Holland, England “study” the culture, but become a part of the country in and more, the days slipped away too fast. I packed my which you choose to stay. Try not to latch on to other luggage to make the trek back to the U.S. I checked the Americans entirely; this is the easy route, but you will flight status before going to bed to confirm my plane to miss out on a big part of your study abroad experience. Dublin, the plane which would take me home in just a While I made sure I visited all of the typical points of few short hours. To my surprise, at the crack of dawn on interest, one of my fondest memories of Ireland was April 17th, I woke up to find that the flight from Newark having breakfast or lunch at a neighborhood café where, had been turned around mid-flight due to the ash in the after four months, the owners knew my usual order, and sky from a volcanic eruption in Iceland. the people greeted me with familiar smiles and nods. It is not every day your flight gets cancelled due to Further, upon reflection I also realized just how a natural disaster. The emotions shared among fellow important the internship that was required as part of American study abroad students were a mixture of my particular study abroad program was to my overall fear, excitement, anxiety, and confusion. The airport experience. An international internship is a great way was bombarded with to feel the soul of the panicking Americans, city and culture in which some looking into you are living. For my booking a boat back to internship, I worked as a the States, others trying teaching assistant at the to book flights to other Dublin Business School Katie Gallagher European destinations and had the opportunity that may have had a to converse with college better chance of flying on students and professors to the U.S. No one knew from Ireland. It was a great what to think or expect. way to familiarize myself We had no idea how long with Dublin, and to get a it would be until planes sense of college life from would start flying again. the perspective of Irish academics and educational In retrospect, however, I am quite thankful for the administrators and staff. Rushing down the busy streets extra week I had to spend in the Emerald Isle. Indeed, of Dublin or crowding onto the Luas during rush hour my study abroad program had given me the opportunity to or from my internship gave me a sense of the rhythm to learn about the robust Irish culture, but it took an of the city. My advice is to dive into the culture head-on erupting volcano for me to realize how incredibly and get the real experience. Do not be on vacation… blessed I was to have the greater opportunity to live live it! among the incredible people of Ireland. During the additional unexpected week I spent in Dublin, the Irish Following the “bonus” week I spent in Ireland people went out of their way to make sure we were due to the volcano eruption, and after five days of daily comfortable and at ease. I was glad that I had spent the trips to the airport therein, I finally got on a flight back to previous weeks learning, working, and living with the the U.S. with the help of a kind and caring ticket agent citizens of the Emerald Isle. at the Dublin airport who recognized me in a long line of hopeful passengers and managed to book me on the I came to understand how valuable it is to completely next plane out. While I will never be able to pronounce immerse yourself in the culture as much as you can for the name of that volcano in Iceland, I will always fondly the time you are there. It slips away too quickly, but remember the name of my Irish ticket agent – Catherine the memories you make will last forever. You have MacDonald, a true Dubliner! globetrotter 2011 28 Living Under a Jaimie Little Florence, Italy Spring 2010 Stereotype I t’s not hard to write about all the amazing experiences one has while studying abroad. However, it is important foot on the ground off the sidewalk, I heard the infamous bicycle bell sound as well as the shrieking voice of an old reality, and I was forced to learn from the experience and move on. to realize that not all experiences are, at first woman. When I turned my head to see One obvious lesson that I learned was glance, positive in nature. I found through who was yelling, I saw an older woman that I shouldn’t be talking on a cell phone studying abroad that it is possible to learn on a bike, which was clearly abruptly while navigating around the streets of any and grow from all types of experiences, halted, screaming at me in Italian for city because it becomes very distracting and and here, I would like to share one difficult getting in her way as I was crossing the causes an unawareness of surroundings. experience and discuss the lessons I’ve street. I stood in awe with one foot on the Because it distracts you from what’s learned from it. going on around you, you It was a particularly “I realized that there was something put yourself as well as others in danger. Once I busy day in Florence; I had class from early morning to be learned and appreciated had a clear head after the incident, I realized that until the afternoon, and I about the way Italians live.” a large majority of the had decided to pick up a woman’s anger toward me package sent from home after class. Little sidewalk and one foot on the street I was could have been a reaction to the danger did I realize how far I had to walk in order attempting to cross. I could hear the sound I was putting both of us in by talking on Jaimie Little to pick up the package, and the further I of my mom’s voice in my ear rattling off the phone and thus becoming distracted. walked the more I became convinced that I directions, but I felt like I could barely The other lesson I learned is that media and was lost. I called my mom so that she could hear her. I was dumbstruck as this woman the actions of some Americans have caused look up the address and tell me if I was continued to scream at me. I apologized in a certain stereotype of Americans in other going in the right direction. As I was on Italian, and even with the language barrier countries, just as some nationalities are the phone, I started to walk across the I could tell that in her response she was stereotyped in the U.S. street, and before I barely mocking me. She angrily sped off on her put one bike, and left me standing there feeling Perhaps the woman who yelled at me like I was going to burst out in tears. The partially did so due to a possible stereotype sound of my mom’s voice brought of Americans as loud, irresponsible, and me back to culturally insensitive. It is possible there is something to this stereotype, stemming from the way some American travelers before me have behaved and carried themselves overseas. 29 globetrotter 2011 Therefore, when my friends and I in. I realized that there was something However, it was an interesting experience encountered any negative or discriminatory to be learned and appreciated about the being treated a certain way by some attitudes while we were abroad, it was way Italians live; they work to live rather Italians because of my nationality. I learned important for us to realize that it wasn’t than living to work, their society is more what it was like to live as an immigrant personal but rather a reaction to a stereotype relaxed as a whole, families are closer, or minority. Because of these lessons, that’s been developed over the years, just and meals are meant to be long periods of my point of view about the United States as stereotypes have been developed in time where families and friends can gather and its diversity shifted. I learned how to America about certain nationalities. and socialize. Rather than contributing to be more welcoming in my own country and how to be more humble After studying abroad, about, though appreciative of, I also realized that fellow my nationality and country of American students had a residence. tendency to stereotype Italians. One popular stereotype Through studying abroad, I is that Italians are crazy learned how to appreciate the drivers. Just as Americans way I live in America while feel unfairly stereotyped in also realizing that people live foreign counties, Italians differently from my way of Kayna Pfeiffer and many other nationalities life. These are very important feel unfairly stereotyped by and difficult lessons to learn, Americans. Instead of getting and I am grateful I had the offended or discouraged by opportunity to learn them. Just any rude remarks or adverse as this is only one point of attitudes, my friends and I view of an American student considered them a chance for who studied in a foreign a learning experience. Each country, read the interview time we were treated unfairly with Luca Zoccadelli on page because of our nationality, we 18 to read about the viewpoint realized that this is how some of an Italian professor teaching minority groups feel in our in America; it definitely allows own country every day. As Americans to gain enlightening such, we all made a promise to treat all with a stereotype that’s already been created, I perspectives of their country. respect when we returned. We learned that absorbed many positive Italian influences although we often laugh about stereotypes and took back parts of their culture. of other nationalities, it’s not as funny when you’re part of the nationality being targeted. Studying abroad was an experience I also personally promised to change that taught me a lot about living in another the way Americans are viewed in other country as well as how other countries countries; I made a promise to change the view America. stereotype. I acted the way I wanted to be perceived. I had fun but I wasn’t obnoxious, Of course discriminatory and I made an effort to show respect for attitudes and actions were not and adapt to the culture I was immersed present in every Italian citizen I came across. globetrotter 2011 30 A Night in Rome Ray McGale Spring 2010 Florence, Italy Jaimie Little 31 globetrotter 2011 “This situation alone boosted my sense of self- awareness and ability, and the rest of my stay in Italy followed in the same fashion.” W hen I first decided to go abroad, I was not all that convinced of my capacity to succeed on my own. I had survived for two and a half years on my own at Marist, We wound up back at the station close to midnight, out of luck and lacking a place to stay. We decided we would hang out in the station, where it was slightly less homeless-filled but there was always some sort of fallback, something to than the streets, until the first trains started at around 4:00 bail me out if I messed up. This time I was on my own in a a.m. I was not particularly happy about this but it was at least foreign country trying to figure out how to handle whatever a plan. This worked for a bit, until it was announced over situations may come my way. Although my confidence level the loudspeaker that the station would be locked up in a few was not very high before I left for Europe, I was incredibly minutes. My stomach dropped when I heard this, thinking of surprised when I returned home. When I came back home, having to wander the streets of Rome for hours in the dead I felt more able, conscious, and aware. I felt like a different of night. This seemed to be our destiny until a man walked person. up to us offering us an inexpensive hotel room. Although this man seemed fairly nice, I immediately had a flashback In 2005, the horror movie Hostel was released. It tells the to the movie Hostel. Still, we needed a place to stay, so we story of a group of college kids backpacking through Europe talked the price down to 20 euros each in broken Italian and who, through a series of bad choices, wind up not making followed him to the building. “Sketchy” would describe this it back. The focus of this movie is on these kids hastily “hotel.” However, we were able to get into the room, make checking into a creepy-looking hostel and in turn being sure we were secure, and get a little sleep. A few hours later, manipulated by the staff. The whole movie is implausible, we were on a train back to Florence. but it does point to the importance of planning and exercising caution. One might relax in the thought that you could pretty On the ride back, all I could focus on was how impressed easily avoid having to check into a sketchy hostel or hotel I was with our ability to handle the situation. When it seemed with advance planning. That is a comforting thought until like everything was going wrong, we managed to get home, all plans fall through and one winds up having to check into making all negotiations in another language nonetheless. said sketchy hotel or hostel. I learned this lesson the hard Although the situation seemed hopeless at the time, we way in the form of missing the last train back to Florence were able to work things out and keep our heads throughout. from Rome one night. Over spring break, my roommate This situation alone boosted my sense of self-awareness and I visited Dublin. The trip was incredible, and since all and ability, and the rest of my stay in Italy followed in the the flights for Dublin leave out of Rome, it was an excuse same fashion. I feel that after the experiences I had abroad, to be in Rome for an additional few days. When we flew I am a 100 percent more capable person than I was prior. In back into Rome from Dublin, our plan was to take the return conclusion, go abroad. And to anyone who has any doubts shuttle to the train station from the airport, and then hop about their ability to make it…you will surprise yourself. on the first train to Florence. This plan was great in theory, Believe me. with emphasis on the phrase “in theory.” Unbeknownst to us, the trains to Florence from Rome stop at roughly 9:30. Unfortunately, we arrived back at the train station at roughly 9:35 p.m. Upon realizing that we were stuck in Rome for the night, I was more annoyed than freaked out. It seemed like more of an inconvenience than a threat. However, after a few subway rides, we soon realized that most hostels at this point, being spring break and all, were either booked or extremely expensive. This was when annoyance turned into worry. globetrotter 2011 32 There’s No Place Like Home? Emily Fiore Fall 2009 Salamanca, Spain 33 globetrotter spring 2011 M y plane ride home from Spain was easily one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I was suspended, in coming from? We wandered around trying to decide what to buy, and suddenly we were all very cranky, our respective blood Spain and trying to figure out ways to go back. Living and interacting with me on a daily basis was likely horrific in those early all senses of the word, between my two pressures steadily rising. My friend looked days following my return, and I have since lives: one I had been given and one that I had at me and said, “Is this what going home apologized to all those affected. made all by myself. Now leaving the latter is going to feel like?” I do not precisely and returning to the former, in a sense, I remember how I responded, but it was After three months of moping, felt like I was being “dumped.” The people likely something reassuring and vague. But however, I came to appreciate how unique around me happily chatted about their I remember thinking that I knew that this my time in Spain was and how much I had plans for Christmas or their own semesters was EXACTLY what home would feel like, changed. Once I began to form a picture abroad in Greece or Italy. Clearly, they and I did not like it one bit. of who I wanted to be, I was impressed just did not “get it,” at how “fearless” I and how could they? “I returned with a head full of new ideas, had become through They had not tasted Paquita’s (my host and the confidence to admit to myself my study abroad. I left Marist unsure of mother’s) bocadillos and everyone else that in some ways, I myself, very worried or made friends with about how I was the baker on Calle was more confused than ever.” perceived, and with a Zamora, or studied false sense of identity. at an 800 year old university, or become I had been putting up a “front” to make accustomed to the most wonderful of I landed in Newark weary and haggard; sure no one knew that I had no idea what I cultural habits – the siesta. I felt blank, it was snowing and my luggage was lost. wanted from life. I returned, however, with thinking of all my new friends spread out Perfect. My lovely family was there to a head full of new ideas, and the confidence all over the country, and Paquita all alone greet me with a sense of patience and to admit to myself and everyone else that in her apartment with no one to watch TV understanding. They had seen my life in in some ways, I was more confused than with. Salamanca and understood that I was not ever. Some people come back from study eager to leave it. We got into the car and abroad with a clear direction and a sense of I had experienced a little taste of what I fell asleep, emotionally and physically purpose, and that is beautiful. I was not one going back to the States might be like on a exhausted, and I largely remained that of those people, but I was, and am, ready to weekend trip to Cordoba, a tourist city in way for the next three months. For some admit this, which is almost as liberating as the south of Spain known for its enormous time after my return, people would asked being on my own for four months. While mosque. Shortly after our arrival, we settled me if I was happy to be home, and I would I am still decently confused, I feel I have into our hostel and went looking for the answer, “Frankly, no.” I spent most of my been set on the course of exploration. My only grocery store in town, which happened time communicating with my friends from intention is to continue to explore (literally to be situated in a “super shopping center” and figuratively), engage in further travels, – a Spanish version of a mall. The five of and keep my Spain memories fresh as my us stood for a minute, overwhelmed with journey as global citizen continues. anxiety. Why is it so loud and bright? What There’s no place like home? are all these people doing here? Where Emily Fiore is all of this heinous Christmas music globetrotter 2011 34 Third Place, Nora Barry, South Fifth Place, Christina O’Sullivan, Holland, Photo Contest Winners Africa, “Children” “Tulip Field” Fourth Place, Samantha Tobia, Bolivia, “Market” globetrotter 2011 First Place, Cassandra Jesmonth, Italy, Photo Contest Second Place, Brittany Thomas, Morocco, “Stairs” “Fruit” 35 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions Nick Webster, “Mediterranean Sea” “Watching” Rayna Mengel, Italy, Jacel Egan, Ireland, “Trees” Colleen Bunce, France, “Bikes” Jonathan Porras, Japan, “Food” globetrotter 2011 36 Other Amazing Photos From Abroad Nora Barry, South Africa, “Cape of Good Hope” Riviera” Nick Webster, France, “French Samantha Tobia, Argentina, “Natural Salt Deposits” Garda” Danielle Francese, Italy, “View of Lake Jonathan Porras, Japan, “Mouth of the Dragon” 37 globetrotter 2011 Jaimie Little, Italy, “Roma at Sunset” Carly Marshiano, Italy, “Graffiti at Piazza Michelangelo” Erin Fitzgerald, London, “Statue in London” Andrew Clinkman, Egypt, “The Great Pyramid Brittany Thomas, France, “Eiffel Tower” 38 and The Sphinx” globetrotter 2011 Erin Fitzgerald, London, “Graffiti” Nora Barry, South Africa, “Zebra” Melissa Sonier, France, “Versailles” Jacel Egan, Germany, “Berlin” 39 Colleen Bunce, Italy, “Venice” globetrotter 2011 Brittany Thomas, Spain, “A View of Seville from El Catedral” Cassandra Jesmonth, “Monaco” Mark McGoldrick, “Ireland” Samantha Tobia, Argentina, “Japanese Gardens in Palermo, Buenos Aires” 40 Nick Webster, Italy, “Florence” globetrotter 2011 Dig in! 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