Today marks my last day in Florence. Not to go on a sappy rant, but I really can’t believe that 4 months can go that quickly. Even with all of my amazing travels, I am so glad I stayed in Florence for a few weekends to really get to know and enjoy the city. Soon enough I will be having separation anxiety with Florence… I have been so lucky with my time here.
Some of my favorite things here that I am going to miss:
1. The Arno River: I walk along the river everyday, and everyday it looks different. The bridges and buildings surrounding it are beautiful. I hear there are huge rats in the water, but that doesn’t change how much I love it. Power to ‘em for finding such a nice place to live.
2. The fruit stand outside my apartment: Fresh fruit everyday is such a luxury. The family who owns the little stand is so nice and friendly. Side note to everyone.. I went yesterday to get figs and she told me they aren’t getting them again because it is hot outside now. I was devastated, but it seems symbolic that the figs left Florence at the same time I did…
3. Piazza S. Spirito (where I live): Even though I was hesitant about my apartment at first, every problem with it has turned into a quirk that I love. The square where I live is always full of people at night and the S.Spirito church is the perfect place to read a book on a warm day.
4. Views of the city: Whether it is from the top of the Duomo, Piatsa Michelangelo, or the Boboli Gardens, the different views of Florence never cease to take my breath away.
… also on my list of favorites: Gusta Panino, Santa Maria Novella train station (that I frequented 3 times a week), window shopping on via di Tournaboni, Zara, legally drinking, late dinners, sitting on the bridges with gelato, the San Lorenzo Market, Nomination, the Duomo, Michelangelo’s David, watching Friday Night Lights before bed with Kotovic, picnics at Piatsa Michelangelo, Santa Croce, and cooking classes..
I think that pretty much sums it up.
Tomorrow morning I am leaving for Ireland with Sierra, Hannah Morris, and Hannah Kotovic. We are backpacking Dublin and Galway and then heading over to Scotland. Our last stop is Berlin, Germany, and then we will make our way down to Frankfurt for our flight HOME. I hope to blog throughout my last travels, but I don’t know what the Wifi situation will be like.
It is a weird feeling.. being sad about leaving my home here, but really looking forward to everything at home in Wisconsin. Definition of bittersweet, I think. For how much I have loved being abroad, it definitely made me realize how great my family and friends are at home. I don’t think it would have been the same had I not been able to share it with them (and you- if you’re still following my blog at this point, I’m sure you qualify..) There are so many little things about home I am looking forward to that I never thought twice about before.
Ciao for now, Florence! The one thing I didn’t do here is eat a cannoli, so now I guess I have a reason to come back..