Three weeks in and this is what I have to give you guys! Of course the obvious, have fun, stay safe, and play nice with everyone, is implied, but these are the most important lessons I’ve learned so far!
Posts from the ‘Italy’ Category
So here it is. A week to go before I will be on a plane headed for New York, then Paris, and finally arrive in Florence! I thought I would be smart and get everything together to pack, and all my paperwork and documents completed at the beginning of the month so I wouldn’t have to worry, but like everything else in life, I procrastinated a little. Not to worry though, I still have time to do everything, and have compiled a list for those who experience this weird thing called ‘procrastination’ like I do!
The streets are less of a pathway for transportation and more an integral part of the medieval history of Florence, connecting one piece of the city’s past to another.
One week of school in Italy is like a month in the States. Arriving on a weekend we were free to explore Rome, get lost, and learn that the best restaurants are most often down side alleys instead of the main street. Here are some quick pointers for traveling in Italy that I have either learned through personal experience, friends, or through the advice of my Italian neighbors and my ISA contact, Andrea:
The Roman adventure began at 11 am on Thursday. My lease was taken care of, bags were packed, and all other personal belongings had been locked in a friends closet. I hadn’t been out of the country since I was, quite literally, a baby…but the time had come! Customs was a breeze, with three changeovers and a fresh passport I had been expecting at least a stop or two, but never had more than ten minutes between gates. Might I add that international in-flight service is fantastic? Much better than stale peanuts, or maybe I’m just a little bit excited. The only catch is the +30 hours without sleep. More than enough time to learn a few new words and read The Italians again.
Traveling the World and Finding Myself Along the Way: The 3 Biggest Things I’ve Learned while Studying Abroad in Italy
When I came to study abroad I came in with the mindset that it was such a great opportunity to see and travel the world. I never imagined that studying in Florence would teach me so much more about myself as it is doing. Here are the three biggest things I’ve learned since I’ve been here:
This past weekend I left the beautiful city of Florence to check out Germany. The weekend included traveling between 4 different cities, a 40 person hostel, 7 forms of public transportation, a castle, and last but not least a concert in Cologne, Germany.
It has been a busy week for me so far and I realize that this is only the beginning of my exciting journey. To start everything off, I had to hurriedly apply to business school at the University of Georgia, finishing just before heading to the airport, and then say my final goodbyes to everyone at home. The stress of applications and packing was finally over and it was time to leave. I found myself forgetting how confining the bubble of Virginia Beach can be, a comfort and curse that would soon be broken within hours. Going from the tiny Norfolk airport to JFK is like traveling between two completely different planets. The hustle of people exponentially increased, with trailing suitcase creating a maze for me to navigate in order to reach my gate. Panicking for just a split second, I calmed down and remembered that anxiety will get me absolutely no were in the next five months. Letting go of all my trepidations, I patiently awaited to board my flight to London Heathrow.