Some of the other faces I’ve had the pleasure of being in the presence of are some of the most famous faces of the world. Most well known of these is probably Michelangelo’s David.
Posts from the ‘Italy’ Category
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.
1. Lifestyle Pace – In the states I feel like I’m always on the go. I feel like I’m perfectly scheduled from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed without ever stopping to relax. Here in Italy you take your time to do everything. Heck, there is a time from 2-4 PM called “Siesta”. Literally all you do is nap. And napping is one of my specialties. You won’t find anyone on the streets, and stores close down. It’s awesome. Point Italy.
I never thought that the day would come but on Thursday, December 13th, I found myself facing the last day in Rome. I wondered what I could possibly do with my time on that final day, aside from necessary packing of bags. I ended up making the decision to brave the biting cold outside and give myself a walking tour of my absolute favorite parts of the city (so basically the whole thing). Winding down around the charming streets of Trastevere, up through the bustling city center, along the river to Vatican city, and up the hill to get back home, I got to spend some serene last moments appreciating the insane amount of beauty that Rome beholds. My favorite moment had to be later on in the day when I reunited with my roommates and we ended up being the first ones to see the Vatican City Christmas tree get lit up. It was a truly beautiful end to the best few months I’ve ever had in my life.
Armed with some snacks to go and my iPhone, I attempted to capture some of these moments with my shaky yet well-intentioned filming skills.