This past week was our school’s spring break. After four midterms and a paper, this break was much needed. What made this spring break even more special, was that my family was coming to visit me! I couldn’t believe the time had finally come. My mom, stepdad, and sister were coming to Florence for the weekend, and then we were off to Barcelona. This trip was amazing and I’m sure I will get the chance to write more about it, but right now I want to focus on traveling to a different place, other than Florence.
I had gotten so used to Florence that going to another country or city, is kind of like culture shock all over again. It is hard to readjust and train yourself to be adaptive to all cultures. I liked Florence and I liked knowing the ways of the rope. I liked knowing that it takes me exactly 15 minutes to get home from class, where the grocery stores are, the best places to eat, and where not to go if trying to avoid being scammed. These are all unknown when traveling to different places.
Traveling to new places is difficult, especially if it is to somewhere like Barcelona, which is very different from Florence. First Barcelona is HUGE compared to Florence. When I am in Florence, I can expect to walk around thirty minutes at most to get to the places I want to go, no not in Barcelona. I found myself walking more than sixty minutes to get from place to place. One day, my family and I walked a total of 10.2 miles. Talk about exercise. Each night my feet ached due to the excessive walking we did. It was CRAZY.
I also experienced a difference in pace in Barcelona. A lot of things happened a lot faster than in Florence. The very first instance I realized this was in the airport. It was a matter of minutes once landed that we were let off the plane and given our luggage, not like Florence. When going out to dinner, our waiter/waitress always approached us instantly, asking us what we wanted to drink, and soon after what we wanted to eat. When I am in Florence, I expect ten or more minutes to go by before someone comes to ask me what I want to drink.
It is hard to adjust and travel to different cities and countries, but I appreciate and respect the very different cultures that I am getting the chance to see. We should learn to celebrate these differences more, and my time abroad has taught me that.
A dopo (see you later),