Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Point of Realization..

Today I was sitting outside on our little balcony and it hit me, I can't believe I am actually here in Florence, Italy. I have been dreaming about this day, this moment, since I applied at Kent State and declared my major as Fashion Merchandising. I feel as if this has just come so fast, I can remember telling myself "I will study in Italy one day" my freshman year sitting in my dorm researching this opportunity, finding out the cost what I would be doing, etc. It is such a great opportunity and I can say I would recommend this to anyone and everyone thinking about studying abroad.

I wont lie when it comes to the fact this it is very hard and it has been pushing me to my limits but I accept the challenges I face here. Not only is this such a major culture shock, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. Something as simple as that is so different. I have gone grocery shopping more in a week and a half than I do in a month at home! You can't buy anything in bulk over here! You literally are going out to the store every other day! But it is so challenging not having anyone close to me here to lean on when I need it. I have never been apart from my family for this long of a time and until now I haven't realized how hard something like this can be. Also being away from all of my close friends who I can always count on being there when I need them to be! Not to mention the hardest of it all is being away from my boyfriend who I am used to seeing multiple times a week, who is there to here me complain on my worst days and there to give me the support I need to keep going! All in all I miss everyone so much and I hope that when I come back I can still have all of you by my side just as I did when I left!

This has been my first week of classes over here, I already feel the stress coming on! The best part of it though is I have all of the same classes as my roommates here so at least we can all help each other out when we don't understand something. Tomorrow will my my last day of class for the week and Friday morning, 7:30 am to be exact, we are meeting to go on a all day field trip! It should be exciting, I am not too sure where we will be going yet I should find out in my Field Experience class tonight at 5.

Just so you all can live through me a little bit I am posting a few pictures from our visit with the school to the Boboli Gardens!

This is my roommates and I before entering the gardens!

There was such a beautiful view!

On the walk home I stopped on the covered bridge to snap a few photos, it's so pretty!

Friday, August 26, 2011

First week

I haven't written in what seams like awhile! This week has been a super busy one! We have had orientation at the school everyday, it has been exhausting! But thank god today was the last day of it! Each day we have met with a smaller group and went over some Italian language review and then the instructor would take the group out around Florence to show us certain things like the post office, the hospital, the public library, etc. Here are a few cool pictures I took along our walks that I though were pretty and interesting:

This is just a street we turned down and the entire right side of it was filled with mopeds! I thought this was cool looking!

These are what the street signs look like here! They are all blocks on the sides of the building's

This is a view from one of the outside sitting areas at the public library, the big building is the Duomo

I just thought this building was pretty!

Someone was drawing this on the street with chalk, I wish I was this good at art

The day before our last day of orientation my roommate Jordan and I got up early to make a stop at the caffe down the street from our apartment! I had my first Italian Latte, of which was delicious.

Today after orientation my roommates Amy, Melinda and I went around to different shops and vendors! I purchase my first Italian leather product, which is a purse, I am in love with it!

You can wear it so many different ways, with or without a shoulder strap, up straight, folded down, as a clutch, etc!

Tonight I just think we are going to relax around the apartment and maybe go walk around a little after dinner, tomorrow morning at 9:30 we are going to the Boboli Gardens with the school. It is going to be beautiful, I am sure I will be posting a lot of pictures from tomorrow when I have the chance! I will be posting later this week, until then, Ciao!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mia Appartamento

 I know a lot of you have been dying to see my apartment so this post is mainly just pictures and captions of my apartment here in Florence, Italy!
This is the view from the street in front of my apartment:

This is the front door of my apartment, fancy right?!

This would be part of our 1st bathroom, I can't wait to take a bath in this tub!

This is the other half of our 1st bathroom:

This is our 2nd bathroom!

This is our kitchen! :)

This is the other half of the kitchen, the green doors are to our balcony:

This is the vie from my balcony!

This would be my room which I share with my roommate Kylee!

This is the living room:

This is the other part of the living room:

This is my roommate Melinda's room:

This is the wall of book's in Melinda's room! I love this!

This is my roommate Jordan and Amy's room

And this is our long hallway!!


It has been a few days since I have updated you all about my life here in Florence. The other night we went out on the town in search of a good gelato place, which is not hard to find at all since they are literally life every other store down every street! We just decided to go to one close to the Duomo since that is about the center of town! It was so delicious, I had to try the pistachio kind because we all know that is the most delicious nut out there!

The next day we got up and did shopping for our apartment, which we did not realize how much stuff we would end of having to buy like for instance cleaning supplies! It is hard to shop around here because it's surprising how much stuff is not name brand from the U.S., there is some but not too much to choose from! It is also hard because you can't get everything at once because you have to carry it all when you walk home. After we got that out of the way and relaxed for a awhile we made our way back into the heat to go walk around and get lunch...

After lunch walking towards home we noticed this guy, he was just standing in the middle of the street frozen in this pose! It was cool and his outfit made us all chuckle!

Today Amy and I got up super early to go try out this cafe right down the road from out apartment, we got up early to go because we knew if we didn't go early there was no way I'd be willing to drink coffee in 98 degree weather! It was some of the best coffee I have ever had. 

That is all for now, I'm getting hungry for lunch! Since I have been able to figure out how to add photos to my posts now since it wasn't working I will post a new blog of just photos of my apartment soon! I know some of you have been dying to see it! :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Getting lost

Today was our first day out on the town! It was so beautiful during the day and it was so exciting to see what the day life was like here! There were people everywhere, tourists, locals, venders, etc. We had an idea of where we wanted to go, which was to the school and the Duomo, but you really never realize how difficult getting around in a foreign place with only a map! I'm so used to having my Blackberry by my side at all times to help me get places and internet always at the tip of my fingers! I think the only downside so far is that it has been in the high 90's since we have gotten here! I guess I shouldn't be complaining considering when I come back to the states it will be freezing; but we don't have air conditioning over here which is one thing I took for granted WAY too much back home! It isn't too bad at night but we just need to make sure we always have bug propellant on hand since no where around Italy has screens in their windows! That's all for now! Ciao! :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Night!!

Today we got into Florence and got our apartments!! My apartment is beautiful! I will be posting pictures as soon as I have the time to! I would just like to say it has been a major culture shock so far and we haven't even been here for three hours! The most intense part so far would have to be the taxi ride to our apartment! I would never be able to drive here! It seams so unorganized! We are about to go get our late dinner, considering it is 9:20 p.m. here! So I will update later tonight or tomorrow with pictures and more stories! Ciao!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Almost Time...

This is my first post ever and my first blog ever! This is going to take some getting used to! I took my big sister's advice and made this blog so all of my family and friends can keep in touch with me while I'm gone! This way whoever doesn't use Facebook or Twitter can see all of my adventures through pictures and writing! I'll be leaving the country in a few days, August 17th, to make my way to Italia for 4 months! I'm excited, nervous, anxious, most of all sad because I'll be missing my wonderful boyfriend, family, & friends. I'm hoping I will have the time of my life and that you can all follow me though this journey post by post!