Florence Travel Blog› entry 3 of 25 › view all entries
Iâ€™m officially in Florence! (Or as the Italians call it, Firenze) Iâ€™ve only been here for a day and a half, but it feels like a lot longer. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s the time difference and the lack of sleep or maybe the fact that today was just jam-packed with so much stuff.
We started by moving into our student housing, which is really nice. The whole place is decked out in IKEA furniture, which I think is kind of funny. Iâ€™m sharing a suite with three other girls: Laura, Caitlyn, and Sam. The set up is really nice; nicer than what I had expected. Weâ€™re about 3 blocks from the Duomo, which is the main cathedral of Florence.
Today for lunch some of the girls went to this rooftop restaurant above a piazza.
After lunch we had several orientations. They were long and I was really tired. We all were having trouble paying attention. Classes officially start tomorrow and from what our professor said weâ€™re going to be doing A LOT of walking.
We also took a trip to the supermarket today. I was so unprepared. It was busy and crowded and everything was in Italian. I felt so overwhelmed. It took me a while to calm down and by the time I checked out, most of the people had gone back to the apartment. Luckily I remembered how to get back, but for the first time I was officially â€śon my ownâ€ť in a foreign city. It was exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.
My stomach has been bothering me for a while. I don't know if I ate something weird or my body is still adjusting. I've only been drinking warm/room temp. water. I went looking for some colder water but the Tabbachi I went to only had room temp. water for 1,50 euro. If I would have gone around the corner I would have found cold water for 1,20 euro. I know now that I should shop around. Lesson learned.
For dinner tonight a bunch of us girls went to Buca Niccolini, a little cafe down the street. I accidentally ordered a two course meal when all I wanted was a salad and a glass of wine. Lesson #2: make sure you know what you're ordering! Otherwise you'll probably pay more than you meant to.
Tonight weâ€™re just relaxing and enjoying our free time before tomorrow comes around. Weâ€™re scheduled to see Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Michelangelo and the San Miniato al Monte Church. I am so excited.