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Italian Nightlife and Pastries

Some miscellaneous but fun pictures of our time so far here. Nightlife in Italy happens mainly around the weekend, but we’ve found that Wednesday (hump day) is quite the happening time as well. We basically take a walk into the city every night- the weather’s perfect, and we don’t have to walk too far from…… Continue reading Italian Nightlife and Pastries

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Gnocchi- gone horribly awry

Gnocchi (pronounced [ˈnɒki] or in Italian /ɲɔkːi/; singular gnocco) is the Italian name for a variety of thick, soft noodle or dumpling. They may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, potato, bread crumbs, or similar ingredients. (thank you wiki) We attempted gnocchi one day, with no previous experience, and after an exhausting walk from…… Continue reading Gnocchi- gone horribly awry

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Gelo di mellone- dessert extraordinare?

Our wonderful Pitt med mentor and IsMeTT advocate, Dr. H visited us (he’s performing some surgeries at IsMeTT as well) and invited us out to a wonderful dinner. We went to Focacceria San Francesco, a restaurant since 1934 that’s tucked in a little square near Cattolica’s Princes Chapel. We, of course (certamente, I love injecting…… Continue reading Gelo di mellone- dessert extraordinare?

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Trattorias, Gelato, and some care-free beach going

D, fellow first year med student, arrived (literally on our doorstep) on Thursday. We set out to introduce him to the city and also seek out an English-Italian conversation group at a local wine bar (we were invited by an IsMeTT interpreter). However, directions to the wine bar were horrible and we ended up wandering…… Continue reading Trattorias, Gelato, and some care-free beach going

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Festa della Repubblica

Our second day of “work” was actually an Italian holiday! Considering we ended work at 2 pm our first day and we get our second day off…life seems pretty wonderful so far. The holiday today is called “Festa della Repubblica”, this day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the…… Continue reading Festa della Repubblica

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Arrivederci America, Salve Italy!

This summer I’ll be doing cardiac stent research  in Palermo, Sicily. I’ll be living in the green region above, and at Point A below for the next two months. I’ll commute to Point B (via taxi or bus everyday) which is IsMeTT hospital (Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Highly Specialized Therapies). Note how close I…… Continue reading Arrivederci America, Salve Italy!