My six weeks are up and i’ve been home for almost a week now. I am starting to miss Italy a lot. I miss being able to just walk to coffee shops and get a croissant with cream. I miss being in a walking city (surprsingly). Before this trip, I loved driving. Now, it’s a tiny bit of a burden.
My time in Italy was well spent. I opted to take courses that would be more on the fun side (Ceramics and a cooking course) and I am so glad I did. I had more fun than I thought I would in both of these classes. My experience in that class opened me to the possibilities of trying something new always without fear. I went into my ceramics course, never touched clay ever in my life and was able to make a mug that i can use (and drink my coffee every morning out of) designed a plate using sgraffito techniques (unfortunately it is a decorative plate now; in the kiln it snapped right down the middle). For my cooking course, I went in with an open mind and I am so glad I did. Monday-Thursday we were learning and cooking regional and tuscan dishes and desserts. I now can confidently say I can make pasta noodles from scratch as well as making one of my favorite desserts, Tiramisu. In this cooking course, it showed me how simple ingredients can be changed around and make a completely different dish. This course also showed me how easy it is to make a healthy and delicious dish that can be shared with friends and family.
Overall, I am glad I got to experience this while attending USF. FUA was amazing. I was able to make new, lasting friendships and I loved my living accommodations. My roommates and I are definitely going to be life-long friends after bonding so quickly. I never thought I could bond with 6 other girls in such a short amount of time (now I understand those reality TV shows). We also found a dry erase marker in our last week and everyone was able to sign it and have a little fun before leaving.
If I could do it all over again, I would, with no hesitation.