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Florence July 25, 2010

Posted by eblumer3 in Travel Log.
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Fishing back through old blog posts not yet posted.  Looking back, it has been an unbeliveable summer and I am not even finished!

Watching the sun set on Florence

Final day in Florence.  My body is sore, feet aching.  But it has been beyond a blast.  If this is a glimpse of my life for the next four weeks, I absolutely cannot wait!!!  The internet over here has been iffy and quite frustrating to work with.  One minute it will work, the next it will be off-line.  We will then head to a restaurant or gellateria (gelato shop) and buy food or gelato only to discover that we can solely access Italian websites!

It is our 4th day in Florence and we literally have gone non-stop all day, every day.  When we landed in Rome, there was miscommunication with the bus company.  We arrived on Thursday and they had us scheduled for arriving on Friday.  Hmm…slight problem.  So we waited around the airport for three hours until they sent a bus to come get us and drive us three hours to Florence.  With the exception of me everyone slept on the bus.  It was funny to see everybody passed out from exhaustion.  I was determined to stay awake until after dinner so I could crash then and be over jet lag when I woke up in the morning.  Excluding a few uncomfortable head nods, I was able to do just that.

We arrive in Florence around 5:00pm and our welcome dinner is at 7:30pm.  We had 2.5 hours to roam the city and that is exactly what we did!  There was a group of eight or so who explored, walked around, and got our bearings of the city.  I keep wanting to say Florence is a beautiful city.  It really isn’t, but it is charming.

After dinner, we walked around a little more and then hit the sack.  The next morning (Friday), we had our music and art history classes.  We finally met the art history teacher, since she was not teaching us the week before during our pre-departure classes.  She has been a phenomenal teacher thus far.  She clearly loves the history of art, teaching Intro to Art at the College of Charleston, she is an art historian, with her passion being abstract art.  I love her and so does the rest of the group.

Because I didn’t sleep on the bus, I am so thankful that I have had absolutely no jet lag.  I love this trip because we have so much freedom.  There are no musical venues we see in Florence and between art museums we have roughly two hours of free time to grab lunch and chill around the city with all of our evenings free.  This schedule is like an ideal trip.  Not only do you get to learn about the city from a historical perspective and see monumental artifacts and famous pieces of art and sculpture, but you also get to explore the city’s culture, food, and atmosphere with 40 peers, quickly becoming close friends.

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