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May 16th, 2016 by mmcdonal

“Two there are who are never satisfied – the lover of the world, and the lover of knowledge.” – Rumi

To tell you the truth, I really haven’t traveled much in my life. In fact, I always tell my students that they should go abroad while they can because not going abroad is my only regret from my time at Holy Cross.

As it turns out, life moves in circles sometimes and here I am getting ready to go abroad with you all!

I’m MC, and I graduated from Holy Cross way back in 2003. I was a philosophy major then, and my studies took me to graduate school in New York and then in Boston, and then my teaching career took me back to Holy Cross in the Fall of 2014. Getting to come back to Holy Cross to teach in the classrooms where I first became inspired to study philosophy has been quite like living an actual dream.

Speaking of dreaming, I’m having a little bit of trouble sleeping these days. I’m too excited (and just a little nervous, if I’m being honest)! In just a few short days, we will embark on our trip and spend the next month traveling through Italy and learning about the philosophy of food. We will stay in Panzano, and visit Florence, Sienna, Lucca, Pisa, and Viareggio among others. Professor Borghini has put together a wonderful syllabus for us full of reading, trips, and visits to wineries and butcheries, and all sorts of things. We will see beautiful places, taste amazing foods, and learn Italian along the way. Along the way, we will go from a group of people who doesn’t know each other at all to a group of friends. If there is a better way to spend a month, I’m not sure I want to know what it is!

I can’t wait to get to know you all and have this wonderful adventure together.

For those of you reading, look forward to pictures and posts from all of us!