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July 2011

Student Perspective, Study Abroad

The Weekend Without Trains, Part II

Adrienne G., (2L), Guest Blogger
 
To round off my birthday weekend (for Part I, see this post), the following day I and a few others accompanied Chris and Hannah to Castel Gondolfo, the papal summer residence, where the Pope gives a brief address and prays the Angelus with the faithful every Sunday in July at noon. Since there was only one train out that would get us there in time, we left early and arrived with a few hours to explore the area before heading up to the papal residence. part 2 no caption_1Castel Gondolfo and its surrounding small town sits on top of a huge hill (a mountain, really) overlooking a large, beautiful, impossibly aquamarine-blue lake. The Castel Gondolfo train station is situated exactly halfway up the mountain between the lake and the castle, roughly a 15-minute hike along the “road,” nearly as impossibly windy and dangerous as the lake is blue, and along which the locals whizzed by at speeds better suited for an Interstate highway.

Since we had so much time, we decided to go down and enjoy the lake before heading to the castle. Other than desperately hugging the guardrail in order to avoid becoming grease spots on the side of a mountain, the walk down was gorgeous. The weather was lovely, the olive groves lining the hillside were waving silver-green in the light breeze, wildflowers were plentiful and the lake glittered and begged for photos. Continue Reading

Student Perspective, Study Abroad

The Weekend Without Trains, Part I

Adrienne G., (2L), Guest Blogger

Well, in case you weren’t aware, public transportation in Italy is not very…reliable. Schedules change without notice, machinery breaks down, strikes occur, bus drivers take smoke breaks in the middle of a route…you get the idea. This will become a problem later in this post.

View from the Hill

View from the Hill

For now, we’re going to celebrate my birthday. This past Saturday my Golden Year finally came to a close and I turned two dozen years old. Huzzah.  I’d really wanted to celebrate by taking a large group of friends (hopefully all willing to buy me drinks) out to Trastaccio, apparently Rome’s hottest clubbing neighborhood. However, with most of my most club-happy classmates in Croatia for the weekend, I finally gave up the stay-out-all-night-partying idea around 1:30 am Friday night and just hit up a local bar instead, where I treated myself to my second tiramisu` of the evening (it was delicious). Continue Reading

Student Perspective, Study Abroad

Assoc. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States

Adrienne G., (2L), Guest Blogger

Poor guy posed for a lot of pictures before he got to eat

Yeah, we hung out. Thanks, Duquesne University/Villanova/University of St. Thomas/John Cabot University. And whoever catered. : )  Poor guy posed for a lot of pictures before he got to eat. 

picture 1In other news, I am back in Florence. More specifically, back in Settignano, at Villa Morghen, where I spent some of the most beautiful months of my life and a place which will always remain very dear to me. Only for the weekend. But it promises to be a glorious one. I’m traveling with wonderful people, and I have the opportunity to spend time with another very dear old friend. Not least significantly, I’m giving my poor lungs a long-weekend break from Rome’s less-than-desirable air quality. Also, the food is incredible. Naturally. Trains are fun. ALSO Roma Termini sells wine in the form of juice boxes. Whaaaaaa…?!?!!!  

 More to come later. This weekend brings the Uffizi, Michaelangelo’s David, exploring Florence and Settignano, a day trip to San Galgano and San Giminagno, and of course Brunelleschi’s masterpiece (il Duomo). I also want to catch up on what’s gone down in Roma recently (cooking class!!!) and share apicture 2 few reflections from our program trip to Assisi a few weeks ago. But for now, we’re engrossed in the final episode of season four of Dexter as we recover from a long day of travel. Peace.

Student Activities, Student Perspective

Lunch on the Avenue

One of our amazing incoming law students, John S., started a program in 2010 called “Lunch on the Avenue” to promote and support businesses in St. Paul while the Central Corridor is under construction. John is a Midway Chamber Volunteer Ambassador and on July 20, 2011 was presented with the “Volunteer of the Year” award for creating the program at the Midway Chamber of Commerce annual meeting/luncheon.

Mayor Coleman and John at a Lunch on the Avenue Event

Mayor Coleman and John at a Lunch on the Avenue Event

John says, “It’s been an honor and a lot of fun to put my time toward the program over the past year. I know that while in school I will have tons of opportunities to get involved in other meaningful ways to impact the Twin Cities as well. I can’t wait for school to start.”

Lunch on the Avenue runs every other Thursday from 12-1 p.m. at various restaurants on University Avenue. Lunch on the Avenue will hold its One Year Happy Hour event next Thursday, July 28th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Mai Village in St. Paul. A complete schedule can be found on the Lunch on the Avenue Facebook Page or at www.midwaychamber.com

Student Perspective

Study abroad opportunities in Cambodia

Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Scene from Khmer Rouge Tribunal

During her study abroad experience in Singapore and Cambodia, Amanda M. (rising 3L) had an amazing opportunity.  Amanda was working at the United Nations Assistance to Khmer Rouge Tribunal (UNAKRT) at the Extradordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Last month she was able to attend the pre-trial hearings of four senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge.  (The Khmer Rouge was the ruling party in Cambodia in the late 1970s; several of its leaders are now on trial for genocide.)  For more information on the tribunal, refer to the article here.

Student Perspective, Study Abroad

L’inizio

La Vita Romana

La Vita Romana

Adrienne G., (2L), Guest Blogger

Every good law student knows that context is vital.  Before I embark on wild descriptions of trips, revelations, revels, historical sites and cultural experiences, I feel the need to frame them with a picture of our daily lives as we’ve settled into a routine over the course of the first week.  The basics: where we live, what we eat, and what we see every day. 

For this reason, I’ve dubbed this one “L’inizio,” The Beginning.  That is to say, it should have been my first Roma post, to start everything off in the proper atmosphere.  But it wasn’t, so we’re a little sideways.  As that seems to be the Roman way anyway, I don’t really mind.

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