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First 3 weeks + Rome and Paris

Ciao! It’s hard to believe that I’ve already finished three weeks of school in Italy. So far, classes have gone well. During the first week, it was a little hard to adjust to having classes once a week for two and a half hours at a time. I also only have classes on Monday, Tuesday, and until 10:00 am on Wednesday. This gives me so much free time to travel and explore Florence.
I’m really enjoying the types of classes that I’m in. At home, I am an Occupational therapy major, which includes lots of science-based thinking. Here in Italy, I’m taking classes such as an introduction to fashion and travel writing, which challenge me to think differently. I feel like I’ve already learned so much because the classes are so much different than what I’m used to. It’s really expanding my way of thinking.
In the past three weeks, I’ve also enjoyed exploring Florence more. A few days ago I went for a run near the Arno river and it was so nice to have such a beautiful view! It’s also a lot easier to run when you’re looking at a view like that.
Through school, we also got to sign up for various activities provided by LdM! There were so many options; it was hard to pick! I decided on wine tasting, a cooking class, the chocolate festival, and a day trip to Prato. It’s so awesome that our school provides all these activities for us. Not only does it allow me to meet other people, but it also allows me to become more involved in the culture of Florence.
During the past three weeks, I’ve also traveled outside of Florence twice. The first weekend I went to Rome. Rome was so beautiful and picturesque, but too busy for my liking. It was still so amazing to see. My favorite things I saw were the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. The Colosseum was my favorite because I saw it for the first time at night when it was all lit up, and there was a full moon that night.
This past weekend I traveled to Paris!. While in Paris I went to Disneyland Paris and it was a dream. On Valentine’s Day, I also went to the Eiffel Tower at night and climbed all the way to the top. The view was incredible, and it has always been my dream to be in Paris on Valentine’s Day!
Before this trip, my entire study abroad experience had gone smoothly. When we were trying to leave Paris, there were severe winds that caused my flight to be canceled. This was a nightmare for me. The worst part was that it was scheduled for 5 pm Monday, which meant I would have to miss all 3 of my classes on Monday. The cancellation threw my plans all out of whack, and it was no one’s fault and nothing that could be done about it. The next day waiting for the flight dragged on, and I couldn’t wait to be back in Florence.
Having this change in my plan taught me a few things: Things don’t always go as planned, but there’s always a solution even if it’s not ideal. It also proved how much I love Florence. The second I landed, I felt like I was home.

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