As my days in Florence go by, it seems like the time passes by so much faster. And this has only been my second week! This week was so much fun because I did a lot of travelling and went on a train for the first time in my life, which was very exciting.
Wednesday was a school holiday, so I went on a day trip to Lucca and Pisa with my roommate. Lucca is a beautiful little city and though we got a little lost because we didn’t have a map, we found our way soon enough. I ate lunch at an adorable little restaurant and had the best lasagna ever. Though I love Florence, it was nice to get away from the crowded streets and city life for a bit and Lucca was perfect for just that. I had my first taste of a true language barrier. There are LOTS of American tourists and students in Florence, so finding someone around who speaks English is not very difficult. In Lucca, less people could speak English. It was a nice challenge!
In Pisa, I (of course) saw the leaning tower, which was absolutely surreal. You just go around a corner and there it is! I almost felt like I was looking at a replica because it is so iconic and I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it was the real tower. And I obviously had to take a cliche tourist photo.
Thursday night after class, my roommate and I hopped on a train to Thun, Switzerland! We stayed through the weekend with friends of my roommate’s family and they were so generous and kind to let us stay with them and for showing us around their amazing city. I can honestly say that Thun is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life. I was constantly in awe at how a place like this can exist. I’ve lived in Florida my whole life and Florida is the flattest place ever, so any time I’m on elevated land I kind of freak out. And Thun is located in the Swiss Alps, so you can imagine my excitement. The mountains are massive and gorgeous and the water is crystal clear and blue. People will even swim in the river because the water is so clean. The best way I can describe it is to say it looked like a place straight out of a fairytale. You walk past castles on a daily basis and there are swans swimming in the river! I could go on and on, but you get the picture.
Anyway, this past week was an amazing adventure and I can’t wait to see what else I’ll experience during my time here! Until next time, ciao!