Week 1: Stepping back in Time

I’m in Florence, Italy! I have been here for a week and it still doesn’t feel real. The cobblestone streets, towers, and intricate churches, don’t look like they belong in the modern age, but I’m so happy I get to see them. Walking around the streets feels like you are truly walking around in the past. My apartment is across the river from the main city center, so when I walk to class everyday I pass the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Republica, and the magnificent Duomo. It feels like I go on a tour of the city everyday. That’s another thing–the walking! I walk almost 10 miles everyday! That’s usually an impossible goal to reach in the States, but here I could walk forever and never notice because there’s always something to see that would distract me.

My Historical Perspectives in Chemistry class went on our first field trip this week to an olive oil factory. It was so interesting to learn how olive oil is made, right from how it’s picked to how it’s bottled. Not to mention, we were able to taste some and it was so different than any olive oil I’ve had before. It’s safe to say that I have a new standard for olive oil now. The factory and fields were up on a mountain and gave incredible views of the entire city of Florence from up above.

There are so many things to see and do that I never know where to start. For example, one night my roommates and I decided to go out for gelato at a place we had seen during the day. We got a little lost on the way and while we were trying to figure out where to go, we heard the sound of music. We decided to follow the sound and see what’s going on, and ended up coming across an entire orchestra! The music was beautiful to hear while looking around at the architecture and statues all around. It just goes to show what can happen if you decide to stray off the beaten path and be a little spontaneous.



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