May 18, 2012

Ultimi Giorni a Firenze

"Last Days in Florence"

My last few days in Florence were perfect. I spent lots of time with friends I made throughout the semester and tried to make the most of every minute.

On Wednesday after our last finals, Stefan and I decided to celebrate the end of the semester with a relaxing night. We headed up to Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sunset and then had a great dinner at a small restaurant in Florence. 





I spent Thursday finishing up my painting, running some last minute errands, and hanging out with a couple friends from my Italian class. Kelley and I headed up to the rooftop bar at the Westin & got some great pictures of the city!


My final project!


Kelley and I left our mark in Gusta Pizza! (Go Frogs!)
So thankful for these 2 girls, Katie & Kelley.


Thursday night, a bunch of TCU people got together for our farewell dinner and then went out for one of our last nights together!


I also checked the secret bakery off my Florence bucket list! The secret bakery is on a tiny street behind a strip of some bars and clubs that opens around 2 am! People line up at the door to order their sweets (usually croissants), pay 1 euro and get a freshly baked treat. These croissants were SO good! I definitely wish we had something like this in America!!


Friday night, we got together for dinner at ZaZas and some last minute time together!


A few of us booked our flight for Sunday morning, so after we moved out of our apartments on Saturday morning (quite the experience for all of us), we met at the hotel we booked for the night, and headed out for the day. We spent the day eating & drinking and ended the evening watching the sun set in Piazzale Michelangelo one last time and eating dinner at Dantes.

We started off the morning with mimosas and fresh croissants!
We spent some of the afternoon cooling off at a wine bar. I got my favorite white wine - Prosecco!
We stopped in a rose garden on our hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo.






Sunday morning, Moriah & I woke up really early and watched the sunrise over the Ponte Vecchio and took one last walk through the city before we got in the cab and headed to the airport.

May 1, 2012

Round Two

I'm spending Fall 2012 in LONDON!! 

 

On September 12, 2012 I'll be on a plane headed for London!!! I am so in love with the city and I can't believe how fortunate I am to be able to study there in the fall!!

I'll be attending the University of Westminster and am again, taking all elective classes. I don't get my official schedule until I arrive, but my tentative schedule includes 4 classes for 16 credits:
  • Modern Art in London
  • Photography
  • History of Travel Writing
  • The London Blitz (about WWII).

As of right now, my plan is to head to TCU at the end of August and spend a few weeks catching up with friends before I head to London for the semester. I have absolutely loved studying abroad this semester and I think London has so much to offer! I can't wait to continue traveling and exploring Europe but I am definitely excited to get back to America for a few months, eat some of the food I've been craving and spend time with family and friends :)

Notte Bianca 2012

"White Night 2012"

White Night was celebrated last night/this morning by over 150 thousand Florentines and tourists. There were bands playing in the streets, crowds hanging out in every piazza, and tons of stores and museums were open all night!



We didn't quite make it to the 6am breakfast but Nicole & I had a successful night and got home around 5 this morning. A huge group of us met up for aperitivos at Kitsch, spent some time at the boys' apartment, and then headed out for the night! I didn't really know what to expect, but we had a great night causing a ruckus in piazzas and alleyways, starting dance parties, and hanging out with the locals.





Fiera dell'Artigianato

"Craft Fair"

Friday, my roommates and I went to "Mostra Internazionale dell'Artigianato", an international art fair with food, crafts, clothes and anything else you can imagine from around the world. The event was held at the Fortezza Da Basso, an old fortress that was used to protect troops and royalty in the Siege of Florence in 1530.

We paid €4 for a ticket and spent 5 hours walking around, sampling food, and looking at crafts. It was a long day but it was so enjoyable to hang out with my roommates and relax on our day off.


Smallest real book in the world!


We had to stop for baklava. TWICE.

I made friends with a guy with THE longest dreads I've ever seen!!

He's using sand to make this!


We went to an art exhibit & here are some of my favorites:



Modern chair.

We went to a huge room with tons of balloon sculptures!





Arezzo



Yesterday was a national holiday in Italy, celebrating the end of Mussolini's regime on April 25, 1945. Having the day off, Stefan and I decided to get out of Florence for the day and see a part of Tuscany neither of us had explored yet. We decided on Arezzo and headed there in the afternoon.

When we walked out of the train station we saw that there was a huge market on the main street, full of antiques, hats, clothes, and handmade jewelry. I even bought myself some pretty handmade earrings.






After checking out the market, we decided to walk around a little bit and found a great view overlooking the mountains and the town.



We spent the rest of the afternoon checking out different churches, eating gelato, and sitting in different park areas around Arezzo.




In the evening we went to a restaurant and got an" aperitivo", a pre-dinner drink and some snack foods. I asked the bartender for something fruity, and he made me a gorgeous drink.



At 9, we headed back to the train station and realized the train to Florence was leaving. We ran through the train station and were about to hop on when the doors locked. I couldn't help but laugh at our dramatic scene in the train station, especially since it reminded me of running through Venice with Liza on Spring Break to catch the train.

I'm so glad we got out of Florence for the day and were able to see another part of Italy :)