- If I thought I was independent at college at home, this is a whole new kind of independent. I could make travel plans and get on a plane without even telling my parents (but of course I did). It’s a taste of the future, but I never want to live this far away from my family.
- The impossible is possible. I’m tired of Italian food. Not that I don’t like it. I still think it’s the best type of food in the world. But I need some variety! I’m dying to go home and have Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, American, and other food – especially my mom’s cooking! Then I’ll go back to pizza and pasta mixed in with other types of food.
- I also learned about the not-so-sunny-side of living in Italy. I still stand by the fact that if I really lived here, I’d have a better life than I do now. I’d have reliable WiFi, a bike so I don’t have to carry my groceries a mile and a half, maybe a car so I could escape to the countryside whenever I want to, constant hot water in my shower, and a dryer! So along with living in a foreign country, it also has to do with the struggles of living as a student in a foreign country. But I needed to learn these things. One of my biggest goals in studying abroad in Florence was learning what it’s like to be a local rather than a tourist.
- You have to live life with a sense of humor. One of my mottos in these last weeks of living here has been “Nothing surprises me anymore.” This city has thrown a new curve ball every single day. There have been protests on my street keeping me from getting to my apartment. A marathon running through the city. A bike race blocking my way to school. A petting zoo in Piazza del Duomo. A marching band (I think) with no instruments walking down the street… to name a few. And I just laugh and take it in stride. This city never stopped being entertaining.
Castello di Verrazzano with Gabby
Castello di Verrazzano
Gusta Pizza with Gabby
Capri with Gabby
With my parents in Florence
With my boyfriend, Andy, in Florence
With Andy in Venice!
Samantha Wood is the Fall 2013 CEA MOJO in Florence, Italy. She is currently a junior at Salve Regina University.
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