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New Years Celebration: Year of the Dog

New Years Celebration: Year of the Dog

February 7th, 2018

New Years, again? In many parts of Asia, New Years is celebrated based on the Lunar calendar rather than the traditional Gregorian calendar starting on January 1st. This year, New Years falls on February 16, 2018 and it so happens to be the year of the dog (based on the 12-year zodiac cycle). Those who […]


What Did I Expect?

February 4th, 2018

I think one of America’s biggest stereotypes of Chinese students is that they are very, well, studious. It may not always seem that American students are just as much, especially if you aren’t in university or don’t know many. But trust me. Even in Chicago, even in Rome, especially in China, we American students have […]


Beijing Life and Living

January 28th, 2018

Wow. I can’t believe I’ve been here for two full weeks already! It’s certainly been an action-packed adventure already. If I were to go home now, I’d still have stories for a lifetime! All of us here at TBC have settled into our lives here in Beijing, although just as a pattern and not as […]


Ni hao from China!

Ni hao from China!

January 24th, 2018

Coming to you live (and early) from Beijing, I’m abroad once more and feeling great! (So far.) A lot has happened in the past week, but I won’t bore you with the orientation details. Let me just tell you about some of the surprises I’ve been having, and will continue to have, in this chapter […]


Rome is Home

Rome is Home

December 5th, 2017

Well, it’s wild. I only have two more weeks here. Where in the world did the time go? I can’t believe it. I feel like just last week we landed, just yesterday I was in Greece for Fall Break, just an hour ago it was summer. And now the clock is ticking, everyone is preparing […]


On-Campus JFRC Activities

On-Campus JFRC Activities

November 20th, 2017

Living in Rome is so much fun, and living in JFRC certainly helps make it so! Whether you go meet a Swiss Guard with Father Al, see St. Ignatius’ rooms where he stayed when he was in Rome, or go on a gelato crawl with the SLA’s, there is always stuff to do if you’re […]


What NOT to Bring to Rome!

What NOT to Bring to Rome!

November 13th, 2017

There are packing lists for ever and ever out there on the Internet, but I wanted to give a brief post as to what not to bring. I’ve seen some people make these mistakes, and boy are they regretting it now. First off, yes, no matter which semester you come here, it will get very, […]


What To Pack: Rome pt 1

What To Pack: Rome pt 1

November 6th, 2017

I’ll dedicate another post to the clothing of what to bring, but I wanted to take some time and talk about non-clothing related things I wish I had brought along with me, or that I brought and have not found much use for. I hope this list is useful to you who will come to […]


8 Movies to Get You Hyped for Rome

November 1st, 2017

I love movies. I love watching movies, thinking about movies, discussing movies – love love love movies. I’m watching a movie as I write this (it’s The Two Towers, jsyk). I was walking through Rome today, thinking about movies, so I decided to share with you all eight movies I watched before I came to […]


Restaurant Recommendations Rome: Osteria dell’Anima

Restaurant Recommendations Rome: Osteria dell’Anima

October 29th, 2017

My life pretty much revolves around food, so I can’t not take this opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite restaurants in the entire city of Rome, and even the country of Italy: Osteria dell’Anima. Located literally just off of the Piazza Navona at Via Santa Maria dell’Anima, 08, Piazza Navona – 00186 […]