There are only three measly days left in Firenze and I am starting to get so emotional! I can't decide which feelings are the most overpowering....I'm so many things at once! A week ago I was so excited to go home and aching to enjoy all things american, but now I'm having second thoughts. Sometimes I blow the things I'm looking forward to out of proportion and make them seem more awesome in my head than they are in reality, like Chik-fil-A. Scratch that, chik-fil-a is amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on a chicken biscuit...my first morning in roswell WOULD be a sunday! I will survive until monday though because my dad signed us up for a sweet mother's day buffet at good ole hsb club so I'll be able to have american breakfast once again! Europe has some great food, but they definitely don't care much for breakfast foods to my dismay.
I think I 'm ready to be home, or at least my body is telling me to take a break because I am constantly exhausted here! Amy has taught me the beauty of "seizing the day" and waking up early in the am, something I don't generally take advantage of back home. With my internship this summer I'll be getting my arse up with my dad during the week so hopefully he can make me some delicious coffee with our new coffee-maker! I just want to soak up these last few days and be out in the city as much as possible but stupid finals are getting in the way of my plans. Fortunately they're not nearly as intense as UGA finals hehe. Tomorrow night we're all going to a restaurant called Aqua al Due that has a delectable steak sampler of blueberry and balsamic steak that is out of this world, so I'm looking forward to that very much. Before dinner I have my last fashion illustration class and sewing class (we're learning how to sew in zippers for our final?) and I am so sad to see all the friends I have made for the last time! It's been such a nice change to actually get to know the people in my classes because at UGA I always sit with the people I know and it's difficult to meet people in 300 person lecture halls. Everyone is from schools across the U.S. and is a product of where they come from, which definitely made me realize how the south is an entirely different place in itself from the rest of the states. Apparently it is insane that people are laying out at the pool in May? The weather here has been pretty unfortunate for most of the semester with only a handful of warm, sunny days. Who knew europe was so dang cold?! I definitely didn't come prepared, that's for sure. Three days ago I was doing my homework while wearing my fur vest from Hungary to stay warm!
Nonetheless, I am so stoked to be back at home for the summer! I keep daydreaming about seeing my parents for the first time in four months at the airport and it brings tears to my eyes! I'm also counting down the seconds until I get to see my little rascal of a cockapoo Riley and his sidekick Cody the chihauhau. They're the number one boys in my life :)
It is weird looking into my little closet with five hangers (what a joke right?) and seeing it almost empty. My time here has flown by and it seems like a week ago I was walking by the duomo for the first time in sheer amazement. Now I walk by it and don't even think twice! Florence has been the PERFECT host city because it is the perfect size, has amazing food and shopping, and is incredibly picturesque. I couldn't have asked for a better study abroad experience, especially because of the people I met. My roommates have been there for me through my debit card fiasco, slapping creepy italian men at fullup, staying up until 6am at naima, and getting sketchy chinese food at the place on the corner. These are only a few of the crazy experiences we have shared together and I wouldn't change a thing about it. Studying abroad isn't always as glamorous as it may seem, but these guys definitely made it as amazing and fun as humanly possible. I can't begin to grasp the idea that we may not see each other again for a long time, but I am happy to have shared this incredible experience with you guys. You have made me a better person! Let's make these last few days count!
Arrivederchi ciao ciao!