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Day 1&2 May 7th & 8th

By Hospitality in Genoa

Getting to Genoa was the hardest part. Simply because of the trains from the Rome heading into Genoa. The first train I tried to make was a through the night train from 11:50pm on Saturday and arriving to Genoa on Sunday around 8am. There was a connecting train that I had to make to make the overnight train. The initial train was running ten minutes late. So when I arrived at the second terminal the following pulling away. Was then and there stranded in Rome. By I luckily had friends staying in Rome and stayed the night with them and took a train in the morning. In Genoa the whole group was treaded to some Amazing local cuisine. 

Day 2 May 8th- 

We toured around Genoa seeing the local shops and grocery stores. Where to go for quality food and good places to visit. We then took a train to Nervi where we walked the board walk and through some parks and local areas Nervi had to offer. Some friends and I sat at a bar enjoying coffee and the view before then later taking a train back to Genoa. We then attended some cooking lessons where we made some local dishes from Scratch. We made pesto, gnocchi, tiramisu, foccatia, and Pasqulian pie.  

Genoa Day 5-6

By Hospitality in Genoa

Day 5

For my group we basically had a free day. We did the cooking lesson on day 2 after our trip to Nervi. We didn’t get the free time there so for Day 5 we decided to go there. We got to spend the day enjoying the sunlight and had lunch near the water. It was a lovely day and was super enjoyable. We didn’t do much else other than that.

Day 6

This was my least favorite part of the week. Mainly because the food was not what I would’ve expected it to be. However the wine tasting was super cool. I enjoyed being able to taste the wine I have sold in the restaurant I’ve been working in for a while. I was also glad to be able to see where it comes from. I am talking about the Barolo wine we tasted. This being said that was actually my least favorite out of the five wines we did taste. My favorite was the dessert wine. Moscato d’Asti. I knew what to expect with the taste of this one being that it’s my favorite wine. I loved being able to see the distillery and the vineyards and the VIEW was incredible. I was bummed out a bit since it wasn’t the nicest day we have had. It was gloomy and rainy all day, not to mention chilly too!

Genoa Day 3-4

By Hospitality in Genoa

Day 3 (officially)

Today we got to go to Portofino, San Fruttosso, and Camogli. We started the day early and took the train to Santa Margherita. We had about 45 minutes to take pictures and enjoy the scenery before the boat came to pick us up. We then took the boat to Portofino where we toured the little town and got free time to look around, shop and eat for about 2 hours. Once we broke off I got a panini from a local sandwich shop that was delicious. It had ham, tomato, mixed lettuce, and mayo on it but it was one of the best sandwiches I have had. I then hiked a bit uphill to a lookout spot perfect for more pictures. It definitely gave a view good enough for a post card. The next stop we made was at San Frutosso. This was where we got to go to the pebble beach nd enjoy the nice refreshing clear as day water. Although the water was freezing it was still an experience I won’t forget. we only had about an hour or so here and so it was the only thing we did before getting own the boat again and going to Camogli where Professor Rice left us. As soon as he lefty we went to grab something to eat then spend the rest of our time on the beach there. It was a gorgeous day and very relaxing and beautiful.

Day 4

On this day we got up super early to go to Lavazza Headquarters, had lunch and drank plenty of coffee, and went to the museum of Lavazza. We also went to the city center and had 3 hours of free time. This was the most interesting day we have had so far and probably one of my favorites. I found that the experience we had with the behind the scenes of the factory was super cool. As a kid I watch “How it’s made” on tv and this was me getting that in real life. I love the fact of how we were able to taste the coffee caviar and the espresso and cappuccino if we wanted. Of course I tried all three. Once we had lunch we finished up at the factory and moved over to the museum which was also very cool. I had never been to a museum of coffee before. We had a tasting of another coffee caviar but this time it was paired with a sweet foam. Which elevated the taste to taste more like a cappuccino. Once we finished up there we had one more place to go and that was the city center where we got to do our own thing. we then met back at the train station and went back home. This day was full but fun.

First days at Genoa

By Hospitality in Genoa

I arrived at Genoa after a long trip on Sunday May 7th. Shortly after I got to the apartment, I met my class/adventure mates. Genoa is a city with ancient buildings structure and full of colors. The city has delicious food spots almost in every corner. Professor Rice introduced us to the best options and spoke about the history behind Genoa.

At our second day we explored the border of Genoa and Nervi. We took the train and in 15 minutes we were at Nervi. Nervi has amazing sea views, hills and delicious food restaurants. I ate a Seafood risotto that I will remember for the rest of my life. So far, the program has exceeded my expectations.



Genoa “The Beginning”

By Hospitality in Genoa

Day 1 (For me)

Saturday May 6th, was not only stressful because I had no clue to where I was it was also stressful because it was the last day of the Hospitality at Sea program. Luckily I was able to get to the apartment a day early so that eased by stress a bit. However getting to the meeting spot from the translation was a little crazy. We did it though and I am so glad to be here!

Day 2 (Day 1 of the program)

Sunday May 7th, was our first official day in Genoa. I was able to meet my roommates and explore the town before we met at Piazza de Ferrari. This is where we meet most days before we start our day. It’s been our “centre.” We met up with the rest of the group around 5:30pm and started our tour of the general area of Genoa. We walked around just to get a hint of where we were and how to get to the main piazza’s. This allowed to me grasp an idea of how to get to and from my apartment. We then went to have dinner at a local Trattoria. That was very delicious.

Day 3

Monday May 8th, was a very fulfilling but tiring day. We walked a lot! We ate good food! And Finally walked some more. Not to mention we also got to be involved in a cooking class! That was lots of fun! At the end of it we were so exhausted that a few of us got on the wrong bus home but still made it back before the others that did not take that bus. It was an experience that I hope to avoid in the future. We made homemade gnocchi, pest, focaccia bread, and another dish that I don’t exactly remember the name of but it had spinach, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and egg mixed together that was put in multiple layers of dough. It came out flakey and light. similar to a quiche. Oh and finally we made from scratch; Tiramisu!

30 days until departure…

By Marriott Tianjin China Program – Fall 2019
FIU’s mascot, Roary, on-campus at the Marriott Tianjin China Program.

In just 30 days, eight students will depart for a semester-long adventure at the Marriott Tianjin China Program in Fall 2019. Bookmark this page to read about their experiences. To learn more and to sign up for the Spring 2020 program, visit Scholarships are available for this life-changing opportunity.

Final Weeks! (Departing)

By Marriott Tianjin China Program – Spring 2019

Yes, final weeks here in China and of course I get a little sentimental. But on the bright side our study abroad group traveled as part of the FIU China program package to a segment of the great wall in Tianjin. About two and half hours on bus and we arrived to what seemed to be a short distance wall to walk/hike, but in reality a real leg day workout. Nevertheless, we started our journey up to the last part of the wall. Sun beaming, field trip kids screaming, and our tour guide falling behind we grew closer and closer with every step. After about an hour of hiking we all felt hungry, alright, I felt hungry. We continued to hike for another hour until we reached the top, took group selfies, took a selfie with a random stranger (his idea, not mine), and made our way down right on time for lunch. We all ate together in a restaurant nearby, enjoying several Chinese cuisines — it was a great bonding experience. After that we headed back, I finally got to watch The Notebook on the three hour ride back.

We made it to the top! ( Pictures above )

Ohh…Celebration was in the air, smiles, skipping, and most of all pictures & caps being thrown up in the air. Graduation had arrived, and our FIU students didn’t hold back — they earned it. I only got to see the small celebration, like outdoor pictures being taken wearing their cap and gowns. Accompanied with indoor pictures and small food portions being served and not the actual stage walk (my flight leaves a couple days before -_-  ), but it was amazing to see their faces in a foreign country. It gave me an appreciation for the program there in China and how hospitality is rapidly growing even overseas. Overall, I loved the time spent here and wouldn’t trade it for anything. The professors are knowledgeable, the school representatives welcoming, and the students are amazing to work with. I for one will be coming back soon!

Here we go Costa Rica!

By Costa Rica

I am very excited to be leading a small but mighty group of FIU students to Costa Rica!  I know it will be not just an unforgettable personal experience but also a lifetime learning on our industry that will provide a new perspective as a responsible global traveler.

Throughout the 9 days we will see first hand what is a Sustainable Touristic country though the eyes of a tourist, hotel operator, locals and  officials.  I look forward to reading our students’ experiences and views on sustainable operations, eco, volunteer and indigenous tourism.

Vamos a ver Pura Vida!

We will be using the following hashtags in social media- feel free to follow us!  #fiuhospitality,  #fiugoesabroad, #fiupanthersabroad, #CostaRicaSustainAbleTourismFIU

Yours Truly,

FIU Adjunct Professor Diana C. Beltran


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