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July 9th, 2009 - 12:02 pm § in 3. Journals

People Wearing Wreaths

by Kata Dora I already have been to Italy once, but at that time I did not have the chance to see Urbino. There was a huge excitement for me to see Urbino, even though I had to wake up super early to be able to catch the public transportation bus from Cagli. Upon arriving [...][...]

July 9th, 2009 - 12:01 pm § in 3. Journals

What’s the Word for Personal Space in Italian?

by Monica Jennings I have been in Cagli for almost a week now and I’m beginning to believe that personal space, often referred to as the personal box, is a foreign concept to the people in Cagli, Italy. Realizing that I am in a different culture and consciously aspiring to appreciate and value the[...]

July 9th, 2009 - 9:13 am § in 3. Journals

Safety First

by Monica Jennings It is late afternoon; the sun slowly slips away as the thunderstorm containing, cumulonimbus clouds creep from behind the mountaintop moving over the city of New Cagli, Italy.  I make myself aware of the time as well as the weather conditions as I rush to the small, family owned,[...]

July 9th, 2009 - 12:23 am § in 3. Journals

A Simple Life

By Carrie Root I call myself a minimalist. And I find it very hard work in the United States to remain one. Daily I fight a losing battle, trying to rid myself of things I don’t want or need. Still, life at home seems to pile “stuff” up, leaving me feeling overwhelmed with too many [...][...]

July 6th, 2009 - 6:26 am § in 3. Journals


by Emily Wirth Pausa. A break or hold. A time for the citizens of Cagli to kick back their feet and relax. In the traditional American sense, this is also lunchtime. As a working American, it is my dream to have a two hour lunch break. I would close the office and make my way [...][...]

July 6th, 2009 - 6:18 am § in 3. Journals

Exiting the Information Superhighway

by Joan Stack In the past twenty years, I’ve spent a little more time in foreign countries than many other Americans. At least, the three passports I’ve run through in that time lead me to believe that is the case. One of the things I’ve tried to learn is to disengage the “evaluate” button[...]

July 6th, 2009 - 6:17 am § in 3. Journals

Internal Clock

by Jennifer Brookes When first learning of Calgi being a small village in the mountains I imagined people walking everywhere (older people of course). I imagined tall trees and small buildings – perhaps even hut-like structures based on yesteryear (perhaps my time in Ireland influenced my impr[...]

July 6th, 2009 - 6:14 am § in 3. Journals

Pausing for Pausa: A reflection on cultural dissonance

by Lisa Hagen It is the heat of the day. The sun sits high in the sky drying the laundry that perches out windows above the narrow cobblestone streets. The clock tower in the piazza chimes. It is 1:30 in the afternoon. A small dog pulls a women dressed in a bright orange blouse and [...][...]

July 6th, 2009 - 6:10 am § in 3. Journals

Let Me Buy You a Drink

by Caitlin Chaffee The ability to immerse oneself into another culture can be very difficult to accomplish, especially when it means understanding the traditional ways of doing things. There are rules and guidelines of behavior not easily understood from an outsider’s perspective and often the abi[...]

July 6th, 2009 - 6:07 am § in 3. Journals


by Sophie Harbert Our first afternoon in Cagli, I remember thinking how quaint the town appeared.  Despite the rain and overcast skies, it still looked like a picture postcard little town.  On the brief walking tour, I tried to make a mental note of all the shops and restaurants. I’d been to[...]