Before the study abroad trip, I expected this trip to be something new, something that allow me to get out of my comfort zone and experience a new culture, one that is different from the two cultures that I grew up in. I expected it to be a new chapter of my life that help me become a new person. I also wanted to make meaningful connections and friendships during the trip that will last long.
And I must say, it was a wonderful experience. First of all, Florence is an amazing place; it is full of history and culture. It was the first time I live in a city with a rich history and full of many historical places. Secondly, Italy is just different than the United States. I feel like people know how to enjoy their lives better there. I felt more social and productive living there, mainly because I can walk a lot, and everywhere I go, there are people; the buildings are also close to each other that create a sense of tight knit community, which I prefer over everything being far away like in the United States. Last but not least, what made the trip a wonderful experience to me was the people. I made friends from the trip that I am confident will last a long time.
Overall, I enjoyed being in Florence. I was really upset during the last week of the trip because we have to finally go home, but I am aware that the experience could not last forever, and everything will eventually come to an end. However, I will never forget the fun memories from this trip.
Ciao, Italy! It has been fun. I will be back!