University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Final Month

I’ve officially entered the final month of my abroad experience and I have a lot of mixed emotions about it. The past few months have seriously flown by and I cannot believe I have less than four weeks left in Europe! If it was up to me, I think I would stay here forever… but I don’t think my parents would like that very much!

It’s crazy how normal my life in Florence feels now. I never imagined that this foreign city would somehow become my home, but it truly did. I feel so comfortable walking the streets, popping into my favorite café, and grabbing some gelato on a hot afternoon. I’ve definitely found a routine here which has been so nice, and my friends and I finally have our “go-to” spots across town. We’ve been to Pino’s Sandwiches so many times I think he’s starting to recognize us…

Heading into my last few weeks here, I want to really focus on not taking anything for granted. I’ve become so used to passing the Duomo on the way to the train station that it’s become so routine and normal to me. I cross Ponte Vecchio almost every day that I forget how amazing and historic it is. I live so close to the Uffizi that I forget it’s even there sometimes! How did I let this happen?!

My goal is to truly enjoy and embrace every aspect of my abroad experience while I can. I need to slow down and enjoy the little things I’ve always loved. I want to cherish my time here and focus on the amazing aspects of living in a city like Florence. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience and I never want to forget that!

So I’m going to aim to slow things down a bit these last few weeks: take my time walking to class, stop and look in the gold shops on the Ponte Vecchio, sit outside a café in Piazza del Duomo and admire its beauty, walk along the Arno, try new restaurants I haven’t tried yet, go back to the restaurants I love while I can, watch as many sunsets as possible, and truly embrace the short time I have left here.

I’m seriously in love with the life I’m living and I can’t believe it has to come to an end so soon.

I’ve made so many amazing memories the last three months and I can only imagine how many more I’m about to make in my final month abroad!

Let the countdown begin…

Maddie