Year 2 Retrospective

So here I am, at the end of the LCT program. Things are nearly wrapped up, but not quite over yet. My stay permit in Italy runs out December 31st, and before then, I hope to figure out what comes next! In the meanwhile, a lot happened this year, so like last year, I’d likeContinue reading “Year 2 Retrospective”

Graduation

As a student of two universities, plus the LCT program, I get to graduate three times if I so choose– once at each of the universities, and once at the LCT meeting (which I have to pay to to go myself once I become an alumnus of the two unis). In practical terms, this meansContinue reading “Graduation”

Weeks 98 through 111

I submitted the thesis.

The work’s not done. I still have the defense and probably some annoying bureaucracy, and I hope I haven’t failed to account for anything, since other people have had some trouble graduating due to last minute realizations made by the university administration(s)… but one big milestone is completed.

Cinque Terre

  We went to Cinque Terre twice this month. The first time was over the Ferragosto holiday in the middle of August, and the second was with our friends, who came to visit from the US at the end of August. It wasn’t our intention to go twice, that is, we might have gone elsewhereContinue reading “Cinque Terre”

Officialization 13: Going to the doctors

Officialization TOC Officialization 1: WTF comes next in Italy? Officialization 2: Apartment Officialization 3: Internet Officialization 4: Stay Permit, part I Officialization 5: Picking Courses Officialization 6: Stay Permit, part II Officialization 7: TV Tax Officialization 8: Stay Permit, part III Officialization 9: Residenzia Officialization 10: Health Insurance Officialization 11: Thesis Registration Officialization 12: StayContinue reading “Officialization 13: Going to the doctors”

Officialization 12: Stay Permit, part IV

Officialization TOC Officialization 1: WTF comes next in Italy? Officialization 2: Apartment Officialization 3: Internet Officialization 4: Stay Permit, part I Officialization 5: Picking Courses Officialization 6: Stay Permit, part II Officialization 7: TV Tax Officialization 8: Stay Permit, part III Officialization 9: Residenzia Officialization 10: Health Insurance Officialization 11: Thesis Registration Officialization 12: StayContinue reading “Officialization 12: Stay Permit, part IV”

Spring Hikes

The weather has gotten warmer, and we’ve been able to go hiking. I’ve done three hikes in the last couple months. The first was a wine walk organized by a few of the PhD students from CIMeC. This was a hike including four wineries along the way, one of them in an old castle. ItContinue reading “Spring Hikes”

Weeks 79 through 83

Apart from the terrifying accident that happened last week, we did manage a bit of a vacation. This weekend was Easter weekend, which is a huge holiday in much of Europe, Italy included. Because of the accident, we weren’t sure if we’d be able to make it to Trieste, as we had planned. Fortunately, theContinue reading “Weeks 79 through 83”

The Accident

I vaguely remember going down the sidewalk on the street to aerial. I guess I was trying to catch up to my friend ahead, and didn’t see the car as I went through an intersection. Thankfully, I always wear a helmet (Europeans don’t always do this and I think it’s insane), and thankfully, my friendContinue reading “The Accident”

Carnevale

Last weekend, we visited Carnevale in Venice. I have to say, there was remarkably less public drunkenness than last time, in Cologne, but there were a lot more people. It was like a giant Renaissance Faire style costume party. The costumes ranged from a cheap 5 euro mask, to elaborate home made cosplay level getContinue reading “Carnevale”