Kind of Getting Adjusted?

So I need to fill everyone in on yesterday and today. Yesterday we woke up and tried to look for something to eat for breakfast quickly, but it was a lot harder than we thought…who knew finding a little quick something for breakfast would be so hard! Eventually we found some mini sandwiches. Oh and by the way, in the mean time, still no luggage.

We met the group up at the duomo and went on a tour inside the duomo and then went on a walking tour of the city. It was beautiful! We saw the Ponte Vecchio (the bridge and river), lots of plazas, the replica of the David statue, and tons of other stuff! Then we had a break and some of my friends and I went to walk around. We went to the mercado centrale. There is tons of fresh produce and meat and cheese. Really beautiful food.

Then we had to go sign our permit of stay papers at the school. The bags still hadn’t arrived. I then walked around with a friend and just ran some errands. Went back to the school to check for our bags, still not there. Went back at around 5:00 and they had arrived. Then my friend and I lugged my two huge suitcases throughout the streets of Florence to my apartment. We had to carry the two huge bags up the 10 flights of stairs. Not a fun/easy task.

Then we went back to the school to get her bags and we took them to her apartment and dragged them up her 6 flights of stairs.

Then we met up with some more people and went to this restaurant called Zaza for dinner. It was delish! I got mussels. Very yummy. Then we went back to our apartment, got dressed, and went out to a club called Space. Fat Joe performed hahahaha total throw back.

Then today we woke up, went to the train station to meet up with the group to catch busses to go to Sienna. It took about an hour and 15 minutes to drive to Sienna. When we got there, we split into 3 groups and did walking tours with a guide. We saw cathedrals, plazas, and towers. It was very beautiful and old looking. Sienna is known for medieval culture. The views were gorgeous! I got my first Italian gelatto in Sienna. Delish. 1/2 Baccio and 1/2 Panna Cotta flavor. Yum!

We only stayed until 5:00, then went back to the buses and drove back to Florence. Lane and I went to the 99 cent store to buy some plastic bins to start organizing our apartment since it’s so basic and we have no drawers/surfaces or anything like that. Living simple baby.

We brought the bins back to the apartment, then met up with my friends Sari, Zorn (that’s her last name), and Merel to go to dinner at this place called Buca Niccolini right by the duomo. By the way, like everything is “near the duomo.” This city is so small!!!! It’s great! But this place was by the duomo and really good! I ate the best steamed spinach I have ever had in my life and my first pizza in Italy! Also very yummy.

One thing everyone keeps pointing out is that the bread here in Italy isn’t made with any salt and has absolutely no taste. It really isn’t that good which is actually a really good thing!

After dinner, we came home and unpacked. I am not 100% settled in, but hopefully by tomorrow, I will be! I will have to upload photos and stuff when I am more settled in. It is so late now, so it’s time for bed!

We Is Hereeeee

Finally landed and made it to Flo(rence). Unfortunately, our bags didn’t make it though….

At the airport, everyone was waiting around the baggage carousel praying that their bags made it on to the flight. Since we had a transfer flight from Rome to Florence, the second plane wasn’t big enough for all of our luggage. 100 bags didn’t make it. So now I am belonging-less in a foreign country. Grool.

My three roommates, Rachel, Amanda, Lane and I hopped in a cab at the airport and made it to our apartment. We made friends with our taxi driver, Leonardo, who taught us a little Italiano on the ride over. When we got to our apartment, our landlord Rosie met us and took us up to our apartment. We are on the 4th floor….up 5 flights of stairs. Not fun.

Our apartment is cute, but FREEZING. A man with the housing agency, named Rasib, came to show us how to really use the apartment. He hooked us up to Wifi (thank god.) and showed us how to use the heat, showers, kitchen, etc. Rasib is a good person.

My roommate Lane and I decided to go on a walk and explore our hood as roommates Amanda and Rachel took a nap. We walked through the leather market, which is literally right outside of our apartment. Obviously all the Italians tried to scam us into buying their leather goods. We found this little cafe and had a cappuccino and a little food. Delish coffee. Then we walked around some more and found a super market. Now we know where to go to stock up for our kitchen. We bought huge bottles of bottled water and lugged it back on our 10 minute walk to the apartment.

Tonight we have an organized dinner with our program which should be fun. I’m already trying to learn everyone’s names…so far I’m on a roll!

Here are some photos from today. A photo of all the AEPhi’s going to Florence at the airport, a photo of our apartment view, and a beautiful church in the center of the city.



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Today Is the Day!

It’s finally departure day! All my bags are packed up and through security. Now it’s time to just wait at the gate for the flight. To my surprise, I actually packed very strategically and lighter than most.

Since I was one of the first to arrive, I got through check-in and security pretty quickly and got to say hello to the earlier group flight. They left at 3:45, and we are scheduled to leave at 5:45.

Most of the students on this trip go to Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Penn State, and Syracuse. I knew most of people from Indiana on the trip and have met a bunch of the Michigan kids that I have a lot of mutual friends with.

Now we’re all just waiting for our flight. Then we’re landing in Rome and transferring to a flight for Florence!

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Ciao Dolly!

I can’t believe it’s finally here! I don’t understand how time has gone by so quickly and I am already in my second semester of junior year and heading abroad…

I will be based in Florence, Italy and traveling all throughout Europe.

In Florence, I will be studying at the Lorenzo de’ Medici school. I am taking an Italian course, Art History, Italian Culture and Television (perhaps taking “Hello Dolly!” worldwide…???), and a class called, “Pairing Food and Wine.” I am so excited to immerse myself in Italian and European culture!

Follow my blog and join me through my journeys throughout Europe and Italia!

¬°Buona fortuna a me! (Good luck to me!)