Rachel Lake

This experience in Urbino has been my first trip outside of the United States, and the bar could not have been set higher. Throughout the trip, I have been unable to soak in all of the beauty and history around me. It has left me at a loss for words… but I’ll give it a shot. I am grateful for the training that I have received in my field of study, but more than anything, I am grateful for the cultural experience of a lifetime. Here in Urbino, I have seen the city through the eyes of several community members. Whether it’s a 75-year old artist who continues to find inspiration after fifty years of observing the city or a young college student who shares my dreams of travelling the world and journeying beyond the safety of their backyard, every single person I have met on this trip has taught me something new that I will never forget. I have also become close friends with people who would not have been brought into my life without this program. There’s something about being in a beautiful, historical country that can bring any group of people together and build friendships that will last. I am already dreading the moment when I will be forced to leave this beautiful city and these amazing, new friends.

Stories by Rachel Lake

  • Many small-town people can’t wait to move away and venture out into the world. But 75-year-old Marcello Lani isn’t like most people. A printmaker who creates watercolors and engravings, he has used his hometown, Urbino, as his muse for 50 years.

    A Fifty-Year Love Affair

    By Rachel Lake
    Many small-town people can’t wait to move away and venture out into the world. But 75-year-old Marcello Lani isn’t like most people. A printmaker who creates watercolors and engravings, he has used his hometown, Urbino, as his muse for 50 years.

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