Fondness for Florence

Trip Start May 24, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Things have finally begun to settle down and I would definitely say I am getting the hang of things here in Italy. I feel quite alarmed at how quickly I have warmed up to Florence and how Florence is now considered home. Granted, Grand Rapids will always be my home and my house will always be my house, but I find it so bizarre to actually be calling here home, too. When we invite friends over, we tell them to come on over to our house. When people now ask where I live, I don't say Michigan, or even America!! I tell them "near the Duomo." Even the little things, I've come to love. When the toilet doesn't flush, I know if I come back in 5 minutes, it'll work like new. When I open the washer, I expect my clothes to be sitting in a puddle of water, because our spin cycle button is broken. When I awake in the morning, it's to church bells in the distance, not an annoying alarm clock (though I do have one set for backup just incase). Florence is certainly something out of this world that I can only do my best to describe to you.

There's a carousel that sits in the middle of the biggest piazza in Florence. It's not one of those broken down Coney Island kind of carousels, but a carousel that's always spinning even in the dark of night all lit up. Random, I know, but I'm going to miss passing that carousel every day to school and back. I'm going to miss walking into restaurants and seeing dogs underneath the tables, because yes, they're allowed inside here. I'm going to miss walking to every destination and enjoying the actual act of walking, the scenery, and the closeness of everything. I wish I could walk everywhere in America. It's so beneficial in multiple ways. I'm going to miss eating gelato whenever I want. Oh yes, I'm going to miss that very much. Did you know gelato is almost half as fattening as the ice cream we have in America? HALF! Not as if I'm worried about my weight here (we'll wait until my return to the States. Ha!). I'm going to miss the friends I've made here. True, all of them live in America, but we're so dispersed across the U.S. I'm not sure if I'll ever see any of them again.

And most of all, I'm going to miss Florence itself. It has definitely grown on me. It's beautiful, and historic, and cultured, and picturesque and everything is just so carefree. The pace is perfect and with everything the city has to offer, it just absorbs you up like a sponge. Yeah, I would say Florence has certainly done that. It's going to be a very bittersweet departure next week, but for right now, I'm going to try to live it up to the fullest.

I added some pictures I've taken of Florence over the past couple weeks just so you can get a feel for what Florence is all about.

I'll be in the sinking city of Venice for the weekend and I promise lots of pictures upon my return! :)
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Dad on

Very nice Rachel. It sounds like you are a real regular.

J ^ ennie :P on

I'm really happy to hear how much you're going to miss it because that means you're having an amazing time! SOAK IT UP!!!! <3

Aunt Robin on

Someone will have to go to Sam's Club and buy you the Cuisinart 2qt ice cream maker. You will be able to make and eat your favorite frozen treat when ever you get homesick for Italy.

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