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I’ve been in Florence for about two weeks and boy has it been a whirl wind! From attending classes, to field and weekend trips galore, I am loving every second of living in Italy.
I am taking two classes during my program: History of Italian Fashion and Italian Food and Culture. For this week’s fashion class, my professor took us to a leather factory where we saw how customized purses and wallets are made. We were offered a 10% student discount and the opportunity to have our initials engraved on any product FOR FREE! Definitely was a nice perk.
For my food and culture class, my professor took us to a beautiful food market where he bought us delicious canolis! Needless to say, life in Florence is pretty good.
Like I mentioned last week, the AIFS Richmond program provides students with many activities to sign up for. This week I participated in a pizza making class. My fellow classmates and I went to a restaurant and made our own pizzas (and enjoyed the finished product.) Later in the week, we visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Not only am I visiting world-renowned tourist attractions and participating in fun activities, but I am also learning a lot about the Italian culture and lifestyle – especially compared to America’s. In regards to their culinary style, I was surprised to notice that spaghetti and meatballs is actually not an Italian specialty. Italians also do not eat their pasta with bread nor do they cut their spaghetti. I guess my favorite Italian restaurants aren’t as authentic as I thought!
This weekend I am looking forward to visiting Salzburg, Austria. This will be my first solo-trip, but I’ve heard that traveling alone is actually a really great growth-experience. Can’t wait for the weeks to come!