After surviving the curse of my flight being delayed for an entire day due to Blizzard Juno, I made it to Florence. I have only been here for what, 4 days, but already so much has happened that it is nearly impossible to talk about it all.
All I can say is that everywhere you turn is B-E-A-utiful. One thing that I am especially obsessed with is the alleyways…. yes, the alleyways. Compared to Boston’s and New York’s alleyways these are a 5 star hotel. It’s the little things. Everything is so cute with archways and cobblestone, I love it.
So far, the weather hasn’t been the greatest. It has been rainy and muggy every day (EXCEPT today, as you can see in the picture above). That being said, it is not nearly as cold as it is back home so I cannot complain at all, and then there is the added fact that I am in FLORENCE so I should never complain while here.
So, Florence has the Arno river flowing through it. All the classic Florence sites like the Duomo, Santa Croce and Michelangelo’s David are on one side of the river and we are on the other. At first, I was a little disappointed in that but now I am so happy we are on this side. We are lucky enough to get to walk across the river every single day and we live in an adorable area with Santo Spirito and Gusta Pizza almost right outside our door. Our apartment is surprisingly large with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a dining room, living room, full kitchen and a laundry room. Me and my roommates room is freezing all the time so that sucks but beggars cant be choosers amiright ladies.
Being here only 4 days, I have spent a ridiculous amount on food but it’s okay because ‘when in Florence’. I’ve gotten pizza, pasta, panini’s, gelato etc and every bite of everything is absolutely delicious making it harder and harder to resist spending every euro I have on food.
I am actually surprised how many people I have heard speaking italian. Their is obviously a BUNCH of tourists but since we live on the other side of the river, their seems to be a lot of italians. The cool thing about italians is that they really want to help you learn the language so it is not too nerve-wracking. We went out to a bar one night and met some guys from the Netherlands who were getting their PhD in Florence and they were super nice and cool to chat with. The americans are…. well, americans. There is a bunch of girls and few american boys but I kind of expected that. We get quite a few cat calls while walking through the streets and old italian men say creepy things we can’t understand but that’s life for you.
I think that is all that I wanted to talk about for now.
My roommates and I just booked our very first trip so, I will keep you updated!
Until next time,