Well it has officially been exactly 3 weeks since I've arrived in Rome, and exactly 2 weeks since I've last written my first blog post, and boy is time flying! My arrival to this beautiful country feels like it happened yesterday, yet it also feels so long ago at the same time. I'm in awe of how well everyone, including myself, have adapted so quickly to Italy and just studying abroad in general. It is still sometimes hard, however, to wrap my mind around how I'll be here for another three months and just how truly blessed I am to be experiencing all of this.
Although it has only been 2 weeks since I've last posted on here, a lot has happened! While we took the first two weeks off from doing any traveling outside of Rome, we did go to Florence last weekend for a day trip, and I fell in love. I fell in love with both traveling and Florence itself. It is such a beautiful small city, and a nice change up from Rome. Florence is much smaller, which I liked a lot because everything was nice and close. When my friends and I first arrived we went straight to Florence's cathedral, where we looked around on the inside and also climbed the duomo and the cathedral's tower. The views were insanely incredible, but the stairs were not. I'm also terrified of heights, but I ended up conquering it! To celebrate climbing over 50 flights of stairs, we treated ourselves to some good Firenze pizza. After our stomachs were full and our energy refilled, we went to see the statue of David, and seeing that in person was something I'll never forget. He is probably one of the most famous statues and I actually got to see him with my own eyes. We looked at the rest of the art that was in the museum and that was pretty cool too. We headed out to the leather market later on, and I was overwhelmed to say the least. There was so much and it was so hard to choose! Unfortunately, we only had about 20 minutes to look around because they were closing, which made me even more flustered because I seriously wanted everything.
Before heading back to Rome, we had one last stop on our list and that was to get some gelato of course. We passed by this gelato place that had a wall with chocolate pouring over it, and I was sold. It was a good decision too because it was delicious! I can still taste it now. Finally, we ended our trip and headed back to our home, Rome. This trip to Florence was eye-opening and has brought out the travel bug in me. It was liberating and riveting; and to think this is only the first of many trips we have ahead of us is exhilarating. Speaking of trips, tomorrow my best friend, Stef, and I are heading to Venice for four days and we are staying with her family. I'm so excited to meet her family and see all that Venice has to offer. I especially can't wait to ride in one of the gondolas! I'll make sure to include all the details of that trip, and possibly any other spontaneous trips that come up, in my next blog! Until next time though, Ciao!