Back in Florence
Trip Start Jan 08, 2013
29Trip End May 05, 2013
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The pigeons here are like the squirrels at Penn State. They are not afraid of people, and they will be annoying. This is not pleasing to me because everyone knows how much I hate birds
Another difference that I have noticed is the Italians cell phone use. At Penn State every single person is using their phone while they're walking to class. In Italy, Florence specifically, I have yet to see someone walking and looking down at their phone. It's great because I actually absorb so much more while walking around and notice small details (like the birds) that I would never have noticed if I was busy checking my emails. Also, I am always walking faster than everyone else and I wonder if my legs are just longer or if I'm still being high strung and rusting around like I am forced to do at home. Maybe I'll try walking slower.
In class we always have field trips and continue to see more of the city, which I really enjoy. We saw the Medici Palace, and learned about the courtyard and the functions of the home.
We decided to go shopping the other night just to look around, but ended up spending hours in the leather market. Once you start, it's kind of addicting and you have to keep going and see what else you find. Megan found a perfect leather jacket. It seemed as though the store owners were watching us as we walked in and out of stores because they knew exactly what we were looking for, and each store got slightly cheaper as we continued on.... Kind of weird but they clearly know how to make sales! Megan bargained hard at our last place and got this wonderful jacket for only 100 euros. I had been on the lookout for new boots, because the ones I brought were ripping and smelly
Last night we were looking for Santa Croce, and I asked an Italian man (in Italian) and he responded to me in Italian! Finally! Normally, we make the effort to speak in Italian, but it is so obvious that we are American that they immediately respond in English. Anyways, I obviously didn't understand his response, but I just smiled and said Grazie just like professor Marini told us to do.