Post 3: Week 2 in Florence | Time Management and Travel

We are officially 1/3 of the way through our time here in Florence. I have adjusted to the new culture more and more every day, but one thing I seem to be struggling with the most is my time management and staying focused.

During the week I try to focus on school so I can have fun on the weekends, but I’ve had trouble staying focused on my work. I think with more time I will develop a better schedule for myself so I can stay on top of homework. My 6 week class has an exam every week, so it’s been hard to keep up with learning new material while also practicing what we previously learned and saving time to explore Italy.

On Friday, my class took a trip to the Santa Maria Novella Basilica and the oldest pharmacy in the world. I was very interested in the pharmacy as I am considering pharmacy school in the future. They don’t do prescriptions now, they just sell perfumes, soaps, and elixers. It was still really cool to see a building with so much history. The basilica was beautiful and the architecture surprised me a lot. The people who built it had such a great understanding of physics and buildings and it makes me very curious. This church contained some astrology which I also thought was interesting because I typically do not associate the church with things like that, especially in that time.

This weekend, my roommates and I took a trip to the beautiful city of Venice. We did this on Sunday which meant I had time to study on Saturday. We took a fast train which was a new experience for me. It was a very smooth ride and we made it there in about 2 hours. Venice felt completely different than Florence and it was nice to see something new. One of the first things we did when we got there was get some food. I got mushroom ravioli with a cream sauce and it was delicious. We then started to look for a gondola we could hop in. We got a tour and it was a little scary. I’m not a huge boat person and it was a very small and wobbly boat. The views were beautiful though and I would do it again.

Other than that, I had a pretty average week. Next weekend we are planning to visit Bologna, Modena, and Parma, which each have some amazing foods they are known for. I will let you know what I try next Monday!

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