It’s hard to believe that a little less than a week ago I was home in Florida because it already feels like I’ve been in Florence for weeks! I cannot believe how beautiful, surreal, and different this place is. Sometimes when I’m walking down the street, something will strike me as being so impossibly beautiful and I’ll just get a wave of chills. A majestic building, the sound of a street musician playing a haunting melody that echoes throughout the crowded plaza, the aroma that hits you when you walk past a bakery…there is never a shortage of things in Florence that will ignite your senses and make you feel truly alive.
This week, I moved into my apartment, started my classes, and tried to navigate my way around the somewhat confusing city. I admit that I got lost a few times, but it didn’t make me too scared or panicked. Despite all the strangers here, there is a sense of security as well. The biggest challenge has definitely been getting enough sleep. My school days are packed and the coffee here is a lot weaker than it is in the states, so I’ve been having caffeine withdrawals. Being in a foreign place and adjusting to the time difference has been a little difficult but I’m sure I will get used to it soon enough.
My apartment is absolutely surreal. It’s in a really old, charming building on the top floor. Just around the corner is the Piazza della Signoria. From my apartment window, I can see the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, a massive palace dating back to 1299. The bell from this tower rings every hour and wakes me up for my early school mornings.
There is so much more I want to share, but I’ll save it for another blog. Until next week, Ciao!