I have officially been in Florence, Italy for an entire week! I still can’t believe that I will be living here for nearly four months. I know it seems like a long time, but it is already going by so fast. I am excited and eager to share my adventures with you.
Day one/two were very long, but very exciting. I think I was up for over 20 hours! I flew from Jackson, Mississippi to Atlanta, Georgia to Amsterdam, Netherlands; and finally to Florence, Italy. The flights were fairly easy, but I was only able to sleep for about an hour; sleeping with all of my excitement was nearly impossible. When I landed in Amsterdam, I met one of my roommates, Kristin. Together we traveled the rest of the way. Believe it or not we actually got lost within the first five minutes trying to find our apartment, even though they dropped us off right at the front door.
Eventually, someone from the SAI Program, the program I am using studying abroad, pointed us in the right direction. Once we were in our apartment, we met Mary Helen, our third roommate. She beat us by about an hour. We also met one of our neighbors, Anna, who is also studying abroad. Shortly after a brief introduction, we decided we needed food! Coffee and a croissant would be exactly what we needed to satisfy our hunger. To find what we were looking for, we headed towards the famous Florence landmark, the Duomo, in search of one of the many coffee shops we had heard so much about. It didn’t take long for us to find one, Cafe Astra al Duomo. Cappuccinos and caffe lattes all around!
After our coffee and free wifi fix, we decided to head closer to the Duomo for an up close look. It was breathtakingly beautiful – everything I imagined it to be and more!
For dinner that night we stayed around the Duomo and ate at a restaurant called Restaurante Pizzeria – Le Botteghe di Donatello. It was there where we had lasagna and our first bottle of red wine in Italy. (Don’t worry! Four of us shared the bottle, so I didn’t have it all by myself.) The meal was delicious and we had an amazing view of the Duomo. We quickly turned in for the night and rested up for an early day of orientation.