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Monday, May 12, 2008 | Florence, Italy

Posted by Jackie Batanglo on Monday, 12 May 2008 in Spring 2008: Jackie Batanglo

Hey everyone,

This will be my last and final blog submission because I'm packing up and flying out on friday!!

I can tell all of you reading this that studying abroad has been the best decision of my life and I had a great time traveling and studying here in Florence!! The city is amazing, the people are great, traveling is awesome and you get to see some really beautiful places and sites. If any of you are still on the fence about it, just do it!! You will never get an oportunity like this again to actually live in a foreign country for 3 1/2 months and be able to really imerse yourself in their culture.

This last week has been a little stressful because I'm trying to get all of my projects done for finals this week. I'm mostly nervous for my Italian final! haha.

After a very stressful change of flights I have finaly got a way home after Alitalia decided to get sold to Airfrance and cancel my flights while STA didnt find it neccessary to contact me about it. Nonetheless I figured it all out and I'll be able to get home when I needed. The thought of packing again is quite scary seeing as how now I have more stuff.

Here's a tip: have your parents visit you at least half way through and send them home with a bunch of stuff!! If you're still trying to figure out what to pack, just keep in mind of being able to be mobile and try to bring as many things that don't have to be plugged into an outlet all the time. Be easy, flexible, and willing to throw things out at the end.

I hope that I have helped any of you that are nervous or just have any questions. I had a great time writing to all of you. I hope that if you decide to do it that you have a great time and are safe. Eat lots of good food and try to learn their language. Keep a good head on yourself and be careful of the gypsies! haha.

Ciao tutti!!


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Jackie Batanglo is an Interior Design major from Endicott College. She is blogging about her adventures abroad in Florence, Italy.


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