Welcome to OUA Spring 2018!

We arrived here in Arezzo, January 15th, after one of the longest, most exhausting flights we’ve ever taken. Thankfully, we had fellow OUA students to keep us company during the 12+ hour endeavor. The *monastery (it’s actually called the “Kathleen & Francis Rooney Family Residential Learning Center”, but we like to keep things simple & some/most of us can’t ever remember its name) welcomed us in (sleep-deprived, out-of-shape and all) with open arms after the 15-minute walk up *The Hill, from the bus that brought us from Rome. All 40 of us dropped our luggage off by the front door and collapsed in the *Great Hall (I know you’re thinking Harry Potter, but it’s far more quaint & there’s a gorgeous grand piano that time-to-time fills the monastery with classic Tuscan melodies).

After the rush of orientation week, the awkwardness of first impressions and the beginning of a fresh semester: we’re here now. We’ve found our place among one another—and we’re ready for adventure.

This blog is to commemorate our time here in Europe.

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*The “monastery” (and will be referred to henceforth) is where students & faculty live during semester or summer programs! The 32,000-square-foot center was renovated from a 13th century cathedral and is supposedly haunted???

 

 

*The Hill is basically a huge hill and our only way to civilization and the Annex (where most of our classes are held). The 15-minute up-hill walk to the monastery has already proven to be enough exercise to burn off the 1,000’s of carbs we eat daily (oh, & a friendly reminder that we’re all desperately out-of-shape)!

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