Feeling More Adjusted Now!

Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
Trip End Apr 28, 2008

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Well it's almost been a week since I left and it's starting to feel more normal now, and that I'm not just on some week long vacation!

Amy and I have three other roommates and they are all great.  Two are from Indiana and go to IU and the other is from Chicago and goes to the U of M.  Everyone is really friendly, and so far we've all been having a good time.  With 5 girls, I hope it can stay like that! haha!

Getting to know our neighborhood has been really fun the last couple of days.  We live right across the street from Campo di Marte, which is the home of the Florence Soccer team's stadium, a huge track (my favorite!) and a baseball field.  We're so excited to go to a soccer game there!!  All together it's about 2 miles around this area!  There are lots of parks in it too for little kids to play in.  The bike/walking path that goes around it is always filled with runner, dog walkers, and people taking their kids to play on the equipment.  It's been nice having the path to run along for now since I would probably get lost if I just went out on the streets!

Behind our apartment are the hills and there is a small little town named Fiesole there.  Amy and I wondered around to see if we could walk up there, but the streets are so windy and narrow that we didnt' think that would be such a good idea!  It's so beautiful to see all of the houses up in the hills and the trees.

Although we live a good half hour walk from school and the city center, it's nice living out a little bit too.  People are still very friendly, and life just seems to be a little bit more "normal" out here.  We also have lots of cafes, restaurants, bars, hair/clothing stores, and little pastery/goody shops near by!! (My favorite from the pastry shop has been a little cookie dipped in Nutella!)

Yesterday, all 5 of us went to the city center..or as we like to call it, downtown!  We wanted to do some shopping.  We're all looking for some boots like the Italian's wear!  We forgot that on Sunday's everything would be closed, but some of the stores were still open as the day went on. 

We went to a Winter Market in one of the piazzas which was pretty cool.  Just a lot of vendors selling the things they made.  Lots of homemade breads, cheeses, clothes, and even handsoaps.  There was a lady selling crazy looking hats who let us all try them on and take pictures with her.  It was pretty fun and she was laughing along with us picking out different hats for us to try on!

Amy and I had made plans to watch the Packer game, so while the other three roomies went back home to catch a quick nap/shower, we enjoyed some coffee and just hung out downtown until we went to the Red Garter for the games.  It's an American bar, and they show all the sporting events live (I can't wait for March Madness now!!), along with other weekly things like beer pong and karaoke!

We had a table right next to the TV so we were happy we'd get to watch the Pack up close...even if the game did start at 12:40a.m. here!  SO many people were there for the games, and alot of people we recognized from our group.  A couple of our roomies came back and watched with us along with some of the guys we had met from the orientation day at school. 

Since it was technically my birthday at midnight, I got to have some fun drinks and even some ice cream!  It was fun to celebrate while I was going to be out so late anyways!  We came across some other Packer fans who were there in Florence on business but where from Oshkosh!  It was kinda funny watching with people from Wisconsin too because they were really into it like we were!

I'm pretty sure I've lost my voice from talking over music and other people last night, and even though the Packers lost, it was still a fun experience to be out and about Florence at night with people who have some common sports interests!

Hopefully I don't crash during my FIRST class today at 2:15 after getting home this morning at 4:30....but, we had to do, what we had to do, to get to see the game!! :)  I'm really looking forward to school starting though so I can have a regular schedule, so I'm guessing I'll be too excited to be tired!

Ciao Bella!
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