Finding a language school in Florence

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
Trip End Dec 20, 2006

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Am a bit slow at updating my site, so I'll fill you in on my recent activities.
I arrived in Florence on Sunday, and have been sick since then with a cold. Unfortunately the weather has also been miserable "il bruto del giorno" as the Italians say, cold and raining so I have been wearing all three of my jumpers at once and carrying the umbrella everywhere with me.

After some indecision I have found an italian school and painting classes. I had my first painting lesson on Tuesday, and Italian classes start on Monday.

I have had some difficulty finding an apartment. The Italian school showed me some places, but most of them weren't suitable. One was sharing with four smokers, so it smelt, but was otherwise quite a nice apartment. The other wasn't actually available, and the third was a miserable small cold room. They were also quite expensive. Instead I have been answering advertisments that I have seen posted around coffee shops. I found a lovely (and cheap( apartment sharing with four Italian girls who spoke no English, which would have been perfect. Unfortunately with no understanding of Italian I thought the apartment was available in March, but it isn't actually available until May.
However today I had a look at another place sharing with two Italian sisters from Calabria (the toe of the boot of Italy(. I could move in on Monday, but they are showing some other people around and will let me know tomorrow if I can have the aprtment. So I have my fingers crossed!!
With all that and being sick as well I haven't had much time for sight seeing, though I did climb the bell tower of the duomo today, which gave a lovely view over Florence. I will post some pictures next week.
I hope to head to Cinque Terre (a group of 5 villages on some spectacular coastline( tomorrow, and return on Sunday night in time for lessons on Monday.
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