Becca Fredericksen – Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Ciao everyone!

I can’t believe this is already my last blog post! This last month studying abroad in Florence sure went by way faster than I wanted it to!

Like I said in my first post, I wanted to use this last post to compare my expectations of this trip to the reality of it. Here were my expectations I wrote down on my plane ride over here:

  • To broaden my horizons and cultures
  • To travel outside of Florence and experience so many new things!
  • To eat lots of gelato
  • To meet life-long friends
  • To be in very big and busy crowds of people
  • To not get a lot of sleep
  • To experience some culture shock
  • To try new foods and start liking foods I didn’t like before

And here are the outcomes!

  • Visited 4 different countries and multiple towns in Italy – I experienced many new things which allowed me to broaden my horizons and cultures
  • As of now, I’ve had gelato 8 different times and I’m never disappointed (caffé/coffee flavor is my favorite!)
  • My roommates that I’ve met on this trip and I have all become so close! I’ve loved spending this month with them and I’m sad to be leaving them!
  • Florence is a very tourist town (even worse than the Dells!). There are crowds of people at any time of day. Having to walk through these crowds to get to where you want to go was hard to adjust to at first. This is one thing I am looking forward to not having (to this extent) when I get back home!
  • My sleep schedule has been off ever since my flight over here and because we are so busy traveling everywhere and doing everything, I have been sleeping less. I can catch up on my sleep when I’m home!
  • Tomatoes are used in a lot of the dishes made in Florence and I’ve never been a fan, but I’m starting to eat tomatoes more! I’ve also tried chicken liver (in a bruschetta) and passion fruit! Surprisingly, both were good!

I could go on and on about my experience studying abroad, but to sum it up, this has hands down been the best decision I’ve ever made. And reading about my experience won’t do it justice; you NEED to experience it for yourself! I’m very lucky to have been able to do this and I encourage every college student (or non-college student) to travel abroad!

As my time abroad is coming to a close, I’ve loved sharing my thoughts and experiences through this blog with you all. I am more than happy to share anything about my time traveling abroad with any of you, so please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments you might have! Thanks for following my travels with me through this blog. I hope I can come back here again someday! So it’s not ciao forever, it’s see you soon, Florence!

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