How can you explain something you deeply love to someone else, in a way that will give them a true understanding? Often times, whether it’s your favorite song, the best spot to sit and read a book, or the best view for a sunset, these intangible things are hard to describe. It is even more frustrating because these intangibles are, usually, more meaningful than the tangibles. When given the opportunity to describe my experiences and impression of Florence after four months of studying abroad, I was intimidated. I find it hard enough to describe my weekend to a friend, let alone my entire study abroad experience to strangers.
Academics, scholars, deans and journalists from over 50 universities from all over the world met this past May 22nd and 23rd in Florence for "Spaces of war, war of spaces": two days of debate and discussions with top experts in political science, journalism and strategic communication to analyze the relationship between war and information. The conference, organized by Elon University in collaboration with Accademia Europea di Firenze, Italian excellence in the formative training of international students, took place between the AEF Headquarters at Palazzo Niccolini and the Cinema Teatro La Compagnia.
It's a sunny autumn morning in Florence. The students and the AEF team get ready to leave: ready to experience a day different from the others! The Accademia has organized a day in the Chianti Classico wine region, to learn about the history of olive oil and Tuscan wine. A shuttle comes to pick everyone up: the dome of the Duomo and the traffic slowly fade away leaving room for green hills and tall cypress trees. Autumn colors characterize the landscape: yellow, orange, green, many shades of brown ... it is a succession of colors.