For those who don’t know, I’m studying abroad in Florence, Italy this semester. Now, the concept of writing about the past three months sounds like too large of an undertaking for any one Sunday afternoon. So to make this short, but never the less sweet, I’m going to share pictures of my time abroad.
My first month here, I explored the city; I climbed to eternal staircase that leads to Piazza Michelangelo and saw the city’s beautiful skyline.
I also visited Pisa and climbed the Leaning Tower!
The last week of January I had the unexpected privilege of flying to Gothenburg, Sweden to taste a cold that most Southern girls, like myself, rarely know.
Here in the city, I have climbed to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome.
I’ve seen Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Tribolo’s Boboli Gardens, Alberti’s Santa Maria Novella and Arnolfo di Cambio’s Santa Croce. These are just to name a few of the historical, revolutionary sites I’ve had the honor of visiting and studying.
While living in Italy I’ve seen Juliet’s home in Verona, covered in locks by lovers from around the world.
I’ve witnessed the Colosseum, in a state of snow which Rome hasn’t seen in over 30 years. I walked St. Peter’s, amazed at its vastness.
Last month, when my Grandfather came to visit me, I gawked at the streets of water that are Venice.
Recently, I’ve gone to Bologno and tasted the world-renowned meat. Then just this weekend I drank Tuscan wine at a 600 year old castle in Siena.
In March, I went to Barcelona, Spain and relaxed on the warm beach, tasted fresh market fruit, saw Gaudi’s stunning cathedral and even witnessed a silent protest against animal cruelty.
In England I visited the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral then in London I visited the Globe where Shakespeare’s plays were hosted. And many other awe-worthy sites around the huge city-all thanks to hand transportation of the tubes! “Mind the gap!”
This semester I haven’t had access to studio space, so my art has been limited to digital photography and sketching.
I cant complain though, this break from my paint brush has allowed me more opportunities to write, including for the school news paper, “Blending”!
The past three months have been unlike anything else I’ve experienced in my 21 years on this planet. Before January 1st I had never left the USA, now I have been across the world for three months and I’ve visited 4 different counties! Next on the list? France!
Arrivederci and à bientôt!