So I‘m sitting here, my last night in Florence wondering where has time gone? This departure from my Florentine home has really caught me off guard. Yes, for the past 3 months I was well aware I would be leaving early April, but now that I leave tomorrow, it doesn’t feel quite real.
Over the past few days, I’ve luckily got to see some of the most perfect views of Florence. I wanted to show the best of Florence to my parents, and honestly, it’s painful to leave this city. I love Florence. It’s the perfect mix of old and new, tradition and innovation. I wish I could pick Florence up and bring it to the United States. So here is a short list of what I truly will miss about my favorite European city:
-the view from Piazza Michelangelo, the Duomo, and Frisole
-the margherita pizza from Gusta Pizza
-how close Zara was to my house
-actually how close my house was to EVERYTHING
-my favorite American bar: Uncle Jimmy’s
-the fact that I could get coconut and strawberry gelato
-the Italian language
-AND the fact that I can legally drink
Just reading through this list makes me sad. But would I stay any longer if I had the chance? Honestly, probably not. I am so excited to go home, for so many reasons:
-the fact I get to see Erika and Marissa in a week (!), Rach and Allie a week later
-my mom’s cooking
-the steak burrito at Chipotle
-chick-fil-a in general
-sport and health and UREC
-all of my lovely friends at JMU
-my bed. my room. my car. Copper Beech.
-the fact that everyone will speak English
-my routine; including the building Zane Showker
-the fact that I can cook when I choose
-AND the food network
This experience has been life changing, and I truly wouldn’t change a thing. Sure, I have definitely had my ups and downs but overall I really did enjoy living abroad. Now it’s time to live it up back home. After traveling so much in Europe, I really am inspired to travel in the United States. The cities I would love to visit include:
-Nashville, Tennessee for my 21st birthday
Of course, this all depending on if I get a decent job this summer, fingers crossed. I still haven’t decided on if I am going to continue writing in this blog after this post (originally it was for just for my Florentine adventure), but honestly, writing is such a stress reliever for me. So let’s hope I make the time for this baby. Because I am pretty proud of it.
Thank you for reading. Even if this is your first time reading. I really appreciate it.
Hopefully you’ll hear from me soon.