I open my eyes and wake up to beauty. Each and every corner of Firenze has its charm. From cobblestone pathways, to delectable cafes, to the street art, I have fallen in love with everything this city has to offer.
An impeccable outfit is practically a must to exploring this heavenly city. Considering the cold rainy weather, I had to dress practically and leave my mini skirts behind for a day of exploring. This floral explosion of a sweater adds the perfect amount of character to any ensemble. It’s incredibly warm and comfortable, making it the best choice to keep me warm from the Florentine chill. As you all know I love mixing patterns, which explains the aztec print shorts. So many people are afraid of mixing patterns that do not typically match, but there is a simple secret to the art. The secret being that each piece of the puzzle must simply have colors from the same palette. But the key factor in all of this is confidence, without it you will feel inferior in any outfit and people will perceive you the same way you see yourself.
I have officially been in Florence for three days, and I must say it is absolutely breathtaking. The flight was actually not bad at all, in fact it felt quite short. I have traveled to India and Australia before, so an 8 hour flight was comparable to the drive to Blacksburg and back. The program I am studying through had several orientations as soon as we landed, as well as the day proceeding that. This left little time to explore the city and unwind from the jet lag and exhaustion that accompanies traveling. The one thing that I am not enjoying is the weather. You see, I packed my suitcase assuming that a Florentine winter is nothing compared to a Virginian winter. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. It rains here all the time, leaving you permanently wet and cold. Not to mention heaters are used with caution here, so you are practically constantly cold. But coming in the winter is a blessing in disguise because there are such few tourists, allowing me to get to know the true charm of the city. Finally, lets talk about the food. I am possibly the pickiest person on the planet. I have an intolerance to cheese and despise anything that is sweet. Which leaves me with only a few options in a country that is known for its impeccable cheese. I have basically been living off of marinara pizza, which is simply dough, garlic, and red sauce. I personally love these pizzas, but I must say I do miss my protein. I look forward to exploring Florence further and traveling throughout Europe, and sharing my escapades with all of you.