Update from Florence

I have been in Florence for five days now and I’m just getting a moment to catch my breath. These first few days have been filled with orientation, activities and exploring. Honestly, it’s been completely overwhelming. Florence is stunning. Like actually I’ve never seen something so beautiful. The streets are all lined beautiful cobblestone and the view of the river is breathtaking. I have never been so happy and so anxious at the same time in my life. My body is still trying to adjust to the time difference, but I’m slowly getting there. School starts tomorrow!!! Im excited to start my classes because they seem so interesting. Im taking food and culture, an Italian history, international marketing, and Italian language. I’ve heard to not but school on the back burner, even in a place as beautiful as this, so I’m going in with that attitude.

These past few days I’ve been trying to explore as much as I can. In the midst of the exploring I’ve found myself very very lost and confused. But, I’d rather be lost here than anywhere else. My friends and I have been trying out new dishes at every restaurant and the food- swear to god- best thing I’ve ever tasted. THE CHEESE. THE PASTA. THE PIZZA. THE GELATO. Ok ill be done but honestly, sooooooo good compared to the Italian cuisine back home. That being said, I was a bit disappointed to not find any of my nut butters at the grocery store. I will manage, but it will be difficult.

The next thing I plan to do is start preparing my weekend trips. I have so many places I want to go, its pretty stressful to pick which ones and plan all the arrangements but it will be worth it. Well, thats where I’m at right now. But all in all, I’m loving Florence and I have a feeling the next few months of my life will be the best I’ve ever had.