Lucky I'm in love… with Florence, Italy.
Its been almost two full weeks since I started my study abroad program and now that the cool chill and the few rainy days have passed, the wave of emotion I have for the lovely Firenze is on fire. Apart from the amazing fashion I get to see everyday, on both the street and in windows, there are a million things I love about this city.
I've had gelato almost every other day (I know, I'm trying to be good, but it's so tempting). I walk down the street and there's beautiful music playing, old men playing violins and people singing along in every language. Everything you look at is a picture; it's hard to capture it all through a lens. I feel happy here and I feel inspired here. Not that I didn't feel that way at home, but everyday feels like I am winning at Super Mario Brothers. Get ready for some soulful writing coming to a blog near you… aka this one.
I would also like to thank my friend, Dominique Hessert for the photography! You can find her website
. She is a Photo Journalism major from Rochester Institute of Technology, also studying abroad in Florence and I am so excited to work with her this semester!!
Since being here, I have seen a lot and I have done a lot. I have had days where I just haven't done anything at all and I felt so great about it. Between the schoolwork and keeping myself on my toes by not going for yet (another) gelato or cappuccino, I think of all the things that make me truly happy. When my chocolate Rice Krispies "Pop" and the milk becomes chocolate. Whenever I open my bedside table and see the stack of pictures of my friends and family. When I get texts from my Nana and she uses the angel face emoji; that makes me really happy. These few things have occurred thousands of times before, both at home in the U.S. and here in Italy and somehow they never get old. That is love.
Yes, it's Valentine's Day this weekend and yes, I am really excited about it. I am excited to have the time to spend time with two of my best friends on the special day in Roma! There are a lot of connotations, negative and positive that come with Valentine's Day. I say it every year, just sit back, relax, eat all of the chocolate and don't regret it.
Don't forget this Saturday to put on something that makes you feel beautiful, even if it's for ten minutes. To be a Valentine to yourself is the most important practice, everyday of the year.