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In the latest issue of Wagner Magazine, three grads talk about their experiences travelling and working overseas in "The Art of Living Abroad."

Andy CorteseIt was Andy Cortese’s first week living in Milan, Italy. A 1972 Wagner grad, Cortese was 25 years old and had never been overseas before, although he had grown up hearing stories about Italy from his immigrant grandparents. It was the mid-1970s, and Italy was experiencing a severe shortage of coins.

“I walked into a store and bought a newspaper or something like that, and I paid with a lira bill,” Cortese recalls.

“The cashier returned a telephone token, a tram token, and a piece of candy as change.” READ ANDY'S STORY

Mitch SimsThe first time Mitch Sims ’06 traveled to Vienna, for a summer program before his senior year at Wagner, he got lost. Really lost.

He intended to take the train from the airport into the city; but he took the wrong train, and ended up out in the Czech countryside. Upon getting off the train, however, he explained his dilemma to a friendly gentleman, who rode with him for two hours on the train back to Vienna.

“At that time, I felt like I was home,” says Sims. “I’m from the South, and that’s how we treat people.” READ MITCH'S STORY

Michele AppelloAfter five successful years in the online advertising business in New York City, moving to the Netherlands was not easy for Michele Appello ’98.

Appello had been steadily gaining experience and responsibility since starting in online classified sales. By 2003, she supervised a staff of three and managed online campaigns for nearly 150 websites and newsletters.

Then, she moved to Amsterdam to be with her partner of almost two years. “It was difficult for me, career-wise,” she says. “I was not a fluent Dutch speaker and thus had to start at the bottom of the totem pole, so to speak.” READ MICHELE'S STORY

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