First Week of Classes

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

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Upon arriving in this wonderful city, I seem to have forgotten that I am obligated to take classes. Whoops. So Sunday I finally realized that I should conform to the time zone that Italy resided in so that I would be able to get a good nights rest and wake in the morning for a regular day of classes. One school, Palazzo Bargagli, is about a ten minute walk southeast from our apartment away from the Duomo and down the Arno river. Then the other school, Palazzo Rucellai, the larger of the two, is located just a few blocks away through the arch in Piazza Della Republica. Luckily for us, our apartment is located directly between the two, which is very convenient to stop for food or anything else.

My first class was the History and Culture of Food. The professor is a funny German guy who knows so much about Florence. He took us all over the city showing us all of the good restaurants to go to (that won't rip you off) and all of the history of the places. That is one thing that is so much better here than at home. Everything has a huge story behind it and it makes it so much more meaningful. Then I had Villa and the Garden. We're learning about rich family's houses and their vacation homes, so how hard could it really be? I did really enjoy learning more artsy things for once since all of my classes at home are always involving numbers and money. Then, I went to my Italian class. My professor, David (dahhhhhhhhhhhvid) Marini, is a really great person to have teaching you Italian. Since the first day, he speaks mostly in Italian in class and it makes it so natural to learn. So that was exciting!

On Tuesdays I have Architecture first. My professor is cute, spunky, happy, and I really love that class too. Then, I have Italian again. I'm done by two everyday so I have the whole afternoon to conquer Florence! Since we will be traveling on the weekends we need to make the most of the weekdays here in Florence since it is a city that I really do love. There was a reason why I chose to study in Florence.

All of the Penn Staters here are planning to do a memorial for joepa next week on the Duomo. Right now I am getting ready to leave the apartment to take a train to Pisa (arriving at 1 am) and then catch a flight to Amsterdam at 6:30. Can't wait for the trip (more of an adventure I guess).
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