Last night we had our final art show at Santa Reparata International School of Art. We spent all of Thursday hanging up our art work around the school campus. At 6:00 PM we all arrived at the school, dressed up to show off our semester’s work. We enjoyed a huge banquet of typical Italian appetizers and plenty of red wine (a requirement here in Italy) while reminiscing on our semester in Florence.
Throughout the night I had to say my final good-byes to my professors and fellow students here at SRISA. These good-byes were especially hard because we had become such a tight-knit group over the past four months. With only 18 students and 10 staff members at SRISA we had all become a family as we experienced all of the highs and lows of studying abroad in another country together. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to share this life-changing experience with. As cheesy as it is, I keep thinking to myself, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
Thankfully, with five other of the SRISA students attending UW-Madison, it will just be a see you later for some of us. It will be nice to have fellow Badgers that I can meet up with over the summer when I start going through withdrawal from Italy. Also, since I’ve fallen in love with Florence and I became so close with all of the staff members here, it will give me a good reason to return to Italy very soon!
Tomorrow I start my thirty-three day backpacking adventure by flying to Morocco. After a week in Morocco, I will be flying to Spain and exploring most of western Europe! I am excited for this adventure, but I know it will be exhausting and by May 28th I will be happy to be back in Wisconsin to sleep in my own bed.