Last week, my Positive Psychology class took our long study tour to Milan, Italy.
While it was definitely an academic tour, with lectures at the university by prominent figures in positive psychology, DIS did a great job of planning so it didn’t just feel like a week-long class. Some of our academic visits were creative applications of positive psych, like the spent in a meditation center of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.
We got to spend time exploring the city of Milan, eating Italian food, and even climbed to the roof of Il Duomo, a famous and beautifully built church in the center of the city!
Our hotel, Hotel Bernina, got to know each of us loud Americans very well during the night hours when we got knocks on our doors telling us to quiet down! Oops!
Inside La Galleria, a cross-shaped building lined with shops like Louis Vuitton.
Spinning around on the “most delicate” part of the mosaic bull that decorates the floor of the Galleria. Apparently three spins on your heel gives you luck and good fortune!
quick shot of me, HEY
The tram lines run all over the city and are a cute, efficient way to travel. We saw much of the city this way, and used the Metro as well.
fountain pic, classic
This old castle had a moat, which I think is fascinating. Cats live in there now. Ironic, since cats hate water.
Arc de Triumph, which has something to do with Napoleon
Inside, leading up to the altar. AN ORIGINAL NAIL FROM JESUS’ CROSS is suspended above the altar!! You can see the small red light near the top of this picture–that’s where it is kept embedded within an ornate cross. To be in the presence of such an object was absolutely astonishing.
areas to light candles and pray were on the sides of the church
I decided to have a moment to myself, say a prayer for my family, and light a candle. I miss them so much at times like these.
My friend Chelsea snapped these photos when she saw me being a real person…
The bodies of a few Cardinals (or Archbishops?) are also here on display, which was both surreal and a reality check for me. I hope it’s okay that I posted this, I just wanted everyone to get the full effect of what I mean.
A pitcure from the roof of the Duomo. Of course on the day that we actually climbed it, it was cloudy out.
Close-up, you can see that atop each point, there are actually sculptures of saints! Remarkable.
Tori, me, Chelsea, Rachel, and Kelsea sitting on one of the windowsills on the roof of Il Duomo!
The classical music concert we attended as a class. Very entertaining and enriching, as I used to play the flute (through freshman year of high school).
Zoe, me, Chelsea, and Gabe enjoying intermission, with a phenomenal photobomb by Katie in the background
WINE TASTING UH HUH
Indulging in some Milanese drinks with Zoe, Chelsea, and Tori. They were delicious!
This is what happened when I tried to order that orange drink the next night at a different place… I got a giant green thing that was bigger than my face. But I was not complaining!
Cool lunch place, that served us an entire plate of meat as an appetizer with bread, fried sweetbread pockets, and chunks of parmesan cheese.
Although I am not a meat person, I did venture to try one of each of these, and actually liked some of it! Proud.
Couldn’t help myself with this stalker pic. When in Milan!
The beautiful town of Lake Como, which we visited on the last day of our trip. This picture does not do it justice. If you’re curious, google Lake Como and see why GEORGE CLOONEY owns a house here!
As you can see from all my pictures, my classmates and I enjoyed ourselves on this study tour. We became much closer as a result of living together for six days and sharing some truly hilarious experiences!
At the end of our trip, we did a Positive Psychology Intervention called the Compliment Bag, where each of us had our own bag, and every classmate would drop in a little note with a personalized compliment written on it. Because the compliments are anonymous, you don’t get to know who thinks what about you–it’s just a general confidence boost from everyone! Writing my compliments for my classmates was not difficult after all the fun we had together in Milan. The best part was reading all 27 compliments, which I saved in my room for a rainy day. I plan on doing this with every person I know when I come back to America, so brace yourselves!
This was my last time leaving Copenhagen for the rest of the semester. Overall, I flew on 14 planes this semester, so I am tired of checkin, security, and landing ear-popping! I’m excited to experience Copenhagen, as it has actually taken on the meaning of home for me. The third “travel break” provided by DIS will serve as a Staycation for me, where I will have the apartment to myself (with my SRA, Louise)! I can’t wait!