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Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | Florence, Italy

Posted by Jackie Batanglo on Tuesday, 08 April 2008 in Spring 2008: Jackie Batanglo

Hey guys,

Well I'm glad to know that some people are enjoying my blog. Sometimes it feels like I'm talking to space but it was great to hear from some people. haha

Anyways, I thought that maybe I should advise some people about how to get ready for the big trip.

First and foremost, get some of the plastic bags that you can roll out the air so that your clothes flatten. Be careful of the weight of your suitcases also. Bring comfortable shoes!! Italian roads aren’t flat so high heels don’t work no matter how pretty you think they are.

Bring clothes that work for various weather types, like a windbreaker that will also keep you dry and pack an umbrella! Traveling on a tight budget is possible if you take the slower trains instead of the Eurostar and plan ahead for hostels.

If you have a kitchen in your apartment, then cook for most of your meals. Food is really expensive if you eat out often. I usually spend between 30-40 euro a week on groceries plus extra if I get things out here and there. Drinking is really expensive!! Just don’t do it really, plus it can get sketchy at night if you're not careful.

The school trips are a lot of fun and you don’t have to worry about a lot of the extra expenses of traveling. I just got back from a trip to Pompeii and Capri and it was really amazing!! I had a great time and Pompeii was really interesting and we had a really good tour guide. Capri was beautiful and we got our own little boat ride around the island which was really fun. I was only discouraged that the Blue Cave wasn’t open because the water was too high.

Other than that, I will try to think of some other things that people may want to know before they leave and check out some of my pictures that I posted on webshots.com.

Ciao tutti!
Jackie

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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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