My name is Liz Provasi and I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I have lived in Reno, Nevada for the majority of the past four years while studying at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am currently in my fourth year pursuing my International Business degree with an emphasis in Management, and minor in Spanish. I will be graduating in December 2012.
I think that most high school seniors, college students, and even college graduates can agree that choosing a degree as an 18-year-old is a daunting task. My senior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to study business, I want to travel the world, and I love Spanish. These three things led my 18-year-old self to choose my degree and minor, and I could not be happier.
My major led me on an easy path to study abroad in Alicante, Spain in the spring semester of 2011. I spent five months immersing myself in the Spanish language and culture, while also experiencing a few of the many different European cultures. I traveled to Paris, France, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Milan, and Rome, Italy, Athens and Ios, Greece, Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Lugano, Switzerland. I sadly only spend a few days at most of these places, but my time abroad was the most amazing experience of my life.
Dealing first hand with culture shock and the struggle to communicate in a foreign country, I want to help people understand different cultures. My blog will include travel tips for business and pleasure on etiquette and cultural norms. I want to help anyone traveling by reducing culture shock and accelerating the process of adapting to a new culture.