Florence: the first week

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.

View from the Arno river.
View from the Arno river.
The Duomo cathedral  is just a five minute walk from my apartment.
The Duomo cathedral is just a five minute walk from my apartment.

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.

I naturally had to have pizza as soon as I arrived.
I naturally had to have pizza as soon as I arrived.
Late-night gelato runs
Late-night gelato runs

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.

The view from my bedroom window.
The view from my bedroom window.
Looking down from my balcony...
Looking down from my balcony…

There is so much more I want to share, but I’ll save it for another blog. Until next week, Ciao!

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