Where do I even begin on this incredible week? I guess I’m still in pure awe from the culture and way of life in Florence and in Italy in general. It is so different than of the Dutch culture here. I wish I could explain it easily and put it into actual words. The city itself is absolutely gorgeous. It’s completely picturesque and sometimes felt unreal to walk through the streets. Everyone is very friendly and social; things are kind of slow in Florence. My week was full of wandering and adventure but at the same time I also had a lot of relaxing moments and downright silly fun.
The food in Florence was absolutely amazing. I think I’m going to have a hard time going back to eating American “Italian” food. My favorite was the spaghetti alle scoglio, or seafood spaghetti and tiramisu. We ate it as one of my first meals, came full circle and also ate it my last. Aperitivos, paninis, pasta, and pizza… Yum! With all the good food and gelato I had, my stomach was definitely satisfied. All week long.
Sometimes when Sara would have class, I would go with her into the city and just wander around the streets of Florence. The first time, I went shopping and just walking everywhere. I actually ended up finding the Arno River on accident. It was a beautiful sight to take in, alone with my thoughts. I found myself sitting outside in this city a lot. I’ve come to realize that some of my best and favorite moments of adventure are when I am alone. You really get the time to take it all in and reflect. I absolutely hate taking tours and doing all the really touristy things, so it was really nice to have someone show me around all week.
We planned to go see so many cities within Italy but only managed to visit half of them. We only explored Pisa and Bologna, so I’ll have to come back for Venice, Rome, and many others! In Pisa, we went to go see the Leaning Tower, of course. We went after Sara’s class so we were racing the clock for the sunset. Luckily, we managed to make it there just in time. It was also a Thursday, so there weren’t many tourists around. On Friday, we took the train up to Bologna, to see my good childhood friend, Connie! This girl hasn’t been home in such a long time, I couldn’t even remember the last time I saw her. It was nice to see yet another good friend of mine! Even though we were only in town for 4 hours, she was a great tour guide. Connie knew so much about the city and its history that it turned all the old buildings into rich, historical spots.
All in all, Italy was absolutely breathtaking. I am so glad I got to enjoy a whole week there and also spend it with one of my best friends too! From visiting the shot art master Einstein, the good ole sleepovers, to the secret bakery and more, I feel like I definitely got the whole Florence experience.
I know I’m a week late on posting this, but it’s been incredibly difficult articulating my thoughts on my time in Italy. I think it’s mostly because I had such an amazing, amazing time (thanks Sara and friends!) that I am at a loss for words, so I apologize for that. My week in Italy will always be one of my favorites!
P.S. Italian street art is actually the best.