Shopping in Firenze

Trip Start Jan 08, 2013
Trip End May 05, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Sunday, January 13, 2013

This is honestly the coolest place ever. Food is better, clothes are
better, buildings are prettier, and it's cleaner too! We slept in a lot
today (noon at least). We wanted to go to church at the Duomo but we
didn't wake up in time. Oops. The bells are soooo loud all the time, but
they add to the culture here. I'm trying to sleep and then at 6 am
DINNGGGG DING DONG DONG DINGDINGDING (continued for an entire minute).
I have a love hate relationship with the bell tower currently. We
decided just walk around and shop today FINALLY!

Italians NEVER eat as they walk, but I really like this part of the culture. When it comes to coffee they are especially particular. They usually drink espresso or cappuccino (my favorite). A lot of the americans in our program can be sort of rude and are not willing to adapt to this new culture at all. A girl in my class refused to have anything except "american coffee" which basically means watered down nothing. Also, she kept asking for it to go. Guess what! Italians don't do that. Frequently before my foods class I sip on my cappuccino at the bar with my Foods professor before class. He is very informative, and I actually feel like I am absorbing the culture pretty quickly.

The leather market was so cool. The leather was so soft and smelled so strong of genuine
leather. I am resisting the urge to make purchases because I have the
gift of time. But believe me, I will be making some purchases for sure.
It was so exciting to me that i almost used my italian phone for the
first time to text my mom to tell her about it (i couldnt figire out T9
again). We went to this coffee shop that is a bar and restaurant too.
The owners were so nice and talked to us for a while. They told us we
could have discounts whenever we come! When it gets nicer (march) we can
go eat outside on that patio. They had blankets on the chairs since it
was cold, which I thought was very interesting and something you would
probably never see in the US. Italian culture at its finest. So far
loving life. Ciaooooooo.

P.S. will someone please go show this to Grandma?? Grazie.

Oh and also sorry for the typos in this blog, no time to proofread!
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