Hey everyone! I am really sorry for the delay in getting this blog going. It has been crazy these past 2 weeks just getting into the hang of things.
I guess to start off, Florence is amazing. Everyday I wake up and I still cannot believe I am here. Our apartment is right downtown Florence, just a 8 min walk away from the Duomo. We are on the third floor and our view overlooks the mountains on the other side of the Ponte Vecchio. One of my favorite things to do in the morning is wake up and just open our green shudders. There is a large farmers market that we can see and that is right near by where we get all of our fruit and vegtables. I have four roomates and they are all around the same age as me. Our apartment has two rooms and so we have two to a room. The apartment is so nice- it is like the perfect italian apartment and fits the picture of what you think one should look like. We had a lot of people over for one of my roomates Birthday yesterday and everyone who came said we had the best one :)
Cooking and grocery shopping has been interesting. It definitley makes you appreciate all of the selection we have here in the states. At home we have like a huge isle dedicated to potatoe chips and here they have like one kind, potatoe chips! I have been having a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and then for dinner we usually have some pasta or pizza. It has been a lot of fun doing this on my own because I really have never lived on my own or had more responsibilites, but it has been great.
Classes are great. They are not too demanding at all- nothing like IU, which is great because I can enjoy just being here. It is great because for my art history class we do class field trips to the Uffizi museum and to all of these famous places and then we learn about them, so it is so cool to just see everything in the book you are reading right in front of you. Our school is right downtown and near everything, so in between classes I sometimes go and sketch for watercolor or just wander the city.
During the week I usually try and do one big thing that is in the city on my light class day, just because we have been gone every weekend since we have been here. So during the week I can enjoy Florence and then on the weekends we usually do day trips or weekend trips. In the almost three weeks since I have been here I have already been to Pisa, Fiesole (a small villiage right outside Florence), the Amalfi Coast, Capri and Pompeii. It has been incredible. Traveling has been really easy because of the quick train connections all throughout Italy, but it can still be tireing!! On Mondays I am usually wiped!
Everyone in the program is wonderful, there is like 30 of us and we all get along great. This past weekend we all went to the Almalfi Coast and stayed in the same place, so we all hung out together and went to the beach and it was so fun. We are all different, but we all have this one thing in common and we all came here for really the same reason, and so everyone is in the same mindset. I love my roomates. I hang out with them the most but then there is a big group of us that usually all hangs out together.
Overall my first three weeks here has been everything that I thought it would be. I hate to say that I am not homesick at all (more for food than anything else!) and I am just enjoying everyday. Italians take more time here for themselves and so it has been great to kind of live like that. No one has TVs or Internet in their apartments, so at night we all usually are just sitting around talking over a glass of wine and some bread. It is wonderful. I am putting pictures up of the first three weeks here and so I hope it can give you a glimpse at the spoiled life I am living :) I hope everyone who reads this is doing great and getting ready to enjoy the fall, my favorite time of the year! And cheer on those Hoosiers and Colts for me!!!!
PS- Sorry this post is so long, hopefully by now I can just try and do this once a week and so they will be much shorter!