Hey All! Here is my first post since picking up my whole life and flying it all over seas to Italy. Okay, well not my first post since being here but I felt the need to get a few other posts out of the way before I blogged this whole adventure ahead of me. So first of all Ciao everything here is going FANTASTIC. The first couple night’s every one in my whole program had to stay in a hostel because 99% of people didn’t have their housing situation figured out. This was recommended to us that we wait until we got here to do that. But after the first night in the hostel my roommates and I decided that we were moving in to our own place the very second that we could. Not that the hostel was anything horrendous but ya know, it was hostel-y lol. Oh also, the towels were as thin as bed sheets so for any future travelers (especially planning on staying in hostels) I would ALWAYS bring my own towel.
So basically, I have been in Italy a week from today. In this past week, we have had orientation everyday with school to get us prepped academically and to give us a future tips on how to adapt to the Italian culture, besides that the whole week was dedicated to finding a place to make home and getting settled. Now, I can’t exactly give any advice or speak about how it is finding an apartment in Florence because our school just had agents come visit us at orientation, which would not be the case if you are coming to this country from a different way. This made things really easy. So on Tuesday after two different real-estate agents came and spoke with us to tell us their listings we immediately started running around the city like chickens with our heads cut off. This was quite the experience.
Ultimately, we chose an apartment that is an old Palazzo or Palace in English. We chose this place because it has plenty of room for 5 girls, I mean this thing is huge. Everything is included with our rent (utilities, etc.) and there is just loads of character to this thing. It was more than any of us could imagine, so we couldn’t pass it up. Totally opposite of New York, let me tell you that. Twice the size plus half the cost of rent, life in Italy doesn’t seem bad to me at all. Oh wait I forgot to say my favorite part, it is right on the river and is perpendicular to Ponte Vecchio which means ‘Old Bridge’. Ponte Vecchio is one of the only bridges that has stores/buildings built on it right over the water. It is a highlight of Florence. After we finally got all moved into our apartment. Well wait, let me back up to move in night. We found, signed a lease, put down a deposit, and moved into our apartment all in one day. It was not that easy however, remember when I said that this apartment is an old palace. This means, that it has wonderful character like I said, but with that there are many quirks and perhaps incidences that may be ahead of us. Like the first night none of us could get the door to our apartment unlocked and then after trying our key 20 times it just ‘magically’ unlocked. Let’s just say we were a little spooked that night. Anyways, we finally got in and moved in all our suitcases. Unpacked, and headed to a super market. It felt so good to be out of a suitcase plus have our own food that we could do some home cooking with.
Since we got that all figured out so quickly, we have spent a few nights enjoying our new place while cooking some family style dinners, which obviously was pasta with chicken, we are in Italy after all! (Although it may have concluded in more wine drinking than food eating, but again when in Rome (or Florence) do as the Romans do right). Well seeing as it is getting to be after 2am my time, I better finish up. I’ll share some pictures with you guys to give a bit of an apartment tour (in case you don’t follow my snapchat). I love all the old mixed with new. I am working on adding a few of my own things to make it feel a little homey-ier which I am excited to see how that turns out so I’ll keep posting those updates on here as well. I promise that in the future, my posts will NOT be this long. This was just the first one so I had a lot to say lol. I will continue with shorter posts that will probably consist of everything from food reviews to travel highlights. I know I have a few “day trips” planned coming up. I can’t wait to share. Well, Buona Notte Peaches, XOXO