Bello Apartamento

Ciao! I am finally settled here in Florence and wanted to write about my living arrangements.  I am living in an apartment right along the river Arno. It is a beautiful apartment with three bedrooms.  The front door is wooden and it is so large and heavy that I have a key to automatically open…

My Italian Family

Ciao! I have officially been in Florence for one month and everything is great so far. I feel like I am finally fully adjusted to living here now that I have gotten into a routine of school, travel, and free time. My classes are starting to pick up and we have midterms next week, but…

A Day at the Museum

My coworkers have made the transition to my international internship quite smooth. There are two managers at the museum I work at, one speaks limited English and the other none at all. My coworkers all speak enough English to talk to me which was extremely reassuring when I first began working. I knew what I…

Learning to Live Like a Local

Upon arrival at my apartment door on January 11th I could not imagine a day that I would be comfortable walking the streets of Florence by myself. I had this same feeling when I first arrived in Pittsburgh so I was familiar with the fact that it wouldn’t last, but it was still a nerve…

A Day in my Life

So, now that I’ve lived here for a few weeks, I have established somewhat of a daily pattern and route for my commute to school. My first class of the day is 9am (…which is early for me) so in the mornings I get up with the sun, get dressed, and then, I also like…

Time flies when you’re having fun!

Ciao tutti, È difficile a credere che febbraio sia già qui, e che a quest’ora la settimana prossima sarò a Firenze per più di un mese. Le settimana stanno iniziando a passare velocemente, ma con questa velocità ho ottenuto maggiore familiarità e comodità con la mia nuova città. Credo la cosa che mi ha aiutato…

Culture Shock

Before starting my program, I was warned about the effects of culture shock. I heard the phrase over and over again, but I just thought I wouldn’t experience this while I was abroad. Boy, was I wrong. It is hard to go to a completely new place where nothing is the same as where you…

Becoming a Florentine

     While abroad I hope to be able to develop my ability to speak Italian. So far, I have learned many things like how to order food (which I certainly do every day) and how to ask for a bag at the grocery. I am learning how to use the internet to create blog posts…

Getting Around Florence (and Italy)

Every weekday, with the exception of Friday, I awake in our flat in Borgo San Frediano at 08:00 and leave for CAPA at 08:30.  I walk 1 mile to school, which takes me around 20 minutes.  Although, I mainly walk to get places at Pitt, I will sometimes take the city bus or the Pitt…