Here Comes Good-Bye

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.