It’s sad to say that my time in Florence has ended. Looking back, I will always remember the people I met and the places I went. Six weeks went by so fast.
My last weekend was spent with my roommates in Amalfi Coast. We went on boat tours and swam through caves, explored Pompeii and hiked Mt. Vesuvius. It was the perfect end to an amazing experience. Amalfi was beautiful and I felt like a local because during August everyone goes to the beach (I’m not kidding, stores close for the month). After Amalfi, we started studying for our finals and packing. I had one more big project for my Fashion Marketing class. We teamed up with the school’s student-run boutique to promote their end of the season event in which they showcase student work and an upcoming designer. The event went better than I could have imagined. I also won a raffle and received a handmade leather purse from the designer NewKid.
My next priority was to study for my exam while also preparing for my flight home. The exam went well and I was heartbroken to say goodbye to my lovely teacher. The last night, my roommates had a farewell dinner. We walked around Florence, stood on the Ponte Vecchio, had drinks at a speakeasy, ate pastries from a secret pastry shop (only found by using your nose), and said our goodbyes. It was a bittersweet moment.
My time in Florence was beyond amazing. The friends I made are lifelong. I will always remember and cherish my time abroad. Florence will always have my heart.