Where did the time go?

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The Birth of Venus

Exactly.  Where did the time go???  We've got a little over two weeks left here and I really can't believe it.  Time has been going by so fast these past few weeks, especially since we got back from our week long trip.  This week has been fairly routine, although we do have a lot more school work on our minds than usual.  We've got two papers due by the end of the quarter as well as a fairly involved group project that is moving along ok.  I just got out of oil painting class, which is very low key and relaxed.  I'm not very experienced in painting, so it's all still a learning process for me.  Yesterday, our class went to Florence again for a field trip.  We went to the Uffizi museum, which is the biggest art museum in Europe besides the Louvre in Paris.

It wasn't this crowded yesterday...(this was from September)
  They have a huge collection of Italian Renaissance art...maybe too huge.  I think if you are really interested in that period, you would enjoy the museum.  I like art and museums, but it got a little repetitive for me, actually.  We saw a few well known pieces such as the Birth of Venus, The Duke and Duchess of Urbino, Primavera and an unfinished drawing by Leonardo di Vinci.  I wasn't really familiar with too many other pieces besides these.  After the Uffizi, we were supposed to go to the Villa Gamberaia in the afternoon.  I walked with the group almost to the bus station and then decided to head out on my own.  Both times that we've been in Florence, we've really rushed and I didn't feel like I got a good appreciation or perspective of the city.
The Duke and Duchess of Urbino
  So, I decided to do some present shopping and just soak up the city on my own.  It was actually really refreshing to be on my own.  I am pretty independent in that way I guess.  I don't mind being on my own and doing my own thing every once in a while.  I found some cool gifts (hopefully for you!) and then grabbed some pizza and a coke.  I sat underneath the statues of the Piazza della Signoria and enjoyed the scenery and people watching.  I walked around for a bit after that and then headed toward the train station.  It was around 3:30, so I missed the train back home by about 20 minutes.  The next one wasn't until 5:10, so I just hung out in the McDonald's at the station.  About 40 minutes later, a bunch of my classmates showed up too, so we all took the train back to Castiglion Fiorentino

This weekend, my roomates and I are going back to Rome to see the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum.  I've seen the Sistine Chapel already, but none of them have, so I decided to go back again for fun.  I didn't get the chance to see a lot of the pieces in the museum, so I'll be able to see those too.  Not much else going on besides that actually.  It's a little quieter this weekend because Texas A&M is on a field trip to Rome, so about 1/3 of the school is gone.  The weather is really cold for California standards.  I've heard its nice at home, so I'm jealous.  We've actually had really good weather here...I think it's only rained a couple days at school so we're lucky.  Ok, I'm talking about weather so I must be running out of things to write about... 

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The Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus
It wasnt this crowded yesterday..…
It wasn't this crowded yesterday.…
The Duke and Duchess of Urbino
The Duke and Duchess of Urbino
Castiglion Fiorentino
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