Prior to my departure for Italy, I hadn't left the country, much less the southeastern United States. People always talk about the culture shock of being somewhere new, but from the moment I stepped off the plane, it's been nothing but a positive, once in a lifetime experience. Urbino is absolutely beautiful and offers a very fun, lively culture. Not only has it been a very fun experience, but it is a very engaging learning environment as well. With knowledgeable professors and friendly interpreters, it creates a learning experience unlike any other in my lifetime. Working with interpreters on stories is one of the most fun, while challenging, storytelling adventures I've ever had. As the end of the trip approaches, I'm already sad about having to leave. But every bit of this trip has been nothing short of amazing. The story that I'll take home with me, in text, photos and video, is my favorite I've ever been a part of. Thankful doesn't even come close to how I feel about this opportunity!