Santa Croce (cont.)
The burial place of Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Leo da Vinci, Galileo, and was also the hub for Saint Francis’s franciscan-monk monastery is, of course, the infamous Santa Croce. An incredible church and museum today, I definitely recommend visitors to go before 11am or else the floor will be filled w student field trips and tourists. It is also conveniently located to many of the night life bars and clubs in Florence!
Also at Santa Croce is a Leather School where quality leather goods can be purchased (for a hefty price). Interesting Opera museum and outdoor sitting areas also make this place a nice and definitely worthwhile visit when in Florence-all for jus 5euro:)
Friends from all Corners
Gotta write about how amazing these past few months have been, not because it was life changing or anything, but because it was an incredible opportunity to share *those moments* and memories wiith the people I love. Whether it was in Florence, Genova, Barcelona, Norway, London, Rome, Morocco, or any other city I went through, the connection I felt with the people I visited/ the ones I traveled with became so much more colorful! Seeing and learning about new places helped my mind understand the hugeness of the world! But it’s most special to me knowing that relationships have blossomed in these far corners of Europe (and northern Africa). :) …If this was an Oscars ceremony, I’d thank Karim, my Alejo, Morgan, Corina, Flo, Miss, Ele, Agethe, Amanda, Giancarlo and Daniela, Dani, Elianna, Angela, my parentals, and (second) Amanda for making my semester the most special one yet:) Feel so loved!! And happy to have met/shared time over seas with these knuckleheads. The more I think about it, I cared less about where I was going, and more about who I was going to see or who I was traveling with. In the end I feel like you could be stuck in an amazing city, but as far as I’m concerned if you aren’t with the people you feel good around, what’s the point? It was truly amazing- having the freedom to hop a plane to experience new cities and cultures, and for me I was able to arrange places to stay- so I was able to cop a bed for free and see people that I genuinely wanted to see! Also having a personal tour guide is always nice..but also just making new friends this semester meant a lot to me…just feelin good all over:)
Two weeks before the end of the term I went up to London to visit the lovely Corina Miller at her study abroad site at Roehampton University. Awesome weather, really spicy Indian food, homemade fajitas for Cinquo de Mayo, and fantabulous people watching in the grass (which is always a good time) made up this excursion. On the Sunday I was there we went to this really funky part of London- which was basically an English version of Williamsburg, Brooklyn - and went thrift shopping! It was amazing! Definitely bought the most here out of anywhere I traveled this semester.
Notte Bianca 2013
CRAZAY. Definitely the most wild night out I have had so far in Florence. Which actually isn’t saying very much since I don’t really go out very often, but STILL as a past SUNY partier THIS WAS OUTTA CONTROL. Piazza’s were PACKED with people, performances coming from the sky, huge balloons, opera singers, bicyclists being lowered down by cranes, dranks on dranks on dranks, dancers, DJs, swings, and RAIN! I was partying to a DJ who was set up playing in the middle of a street where a massive crowd had gathered and then it started to rain!! It was so much fun!! And non-threatening at all! Museums are open late on this wild night out, and so are all of the bars, clubs, and restaurants. I personally didn’t go to sleep that night. Not until 10am the next day at least…I watched the sun come up over the Arno sitting on the bridge across from the Ponte Vecchio. There’re these little spaces on the other side of the bridge wall where, if you are careful, kids sneak over and sit. This is where me and a couple friends parked after the long night. I had swung (literally in swings) in Piazza Signoria, frolicked across the Duomo over to Santa Croce, danced all around, bar-bopped and had a grand ol’ time! It was fabulous! New friends, new activities, and so many adventures! I’d come again if I could!!
Photos pulled from Google.
Wildcard trip! My really good friend, Morgan, is studying in Norway this semester, and I decided to spend a weekend with her up there. The flight was only 40euro round trip, but the expense of everything else definitely made up for it! Norway is the most expensive European country, and one of the most expensive in the world! Something like 5usd to the Norwegian Kroner. A burger is almost 30 bucks!…insane. But so are the landscapes! The countryside is unreal, so different from anything I’ve ever seen before. I made the trip with a friend from NYU, Stephanie, and we had to take a bus and a ferry over a fjord to get to Stavanger- saw the end of a rainbow in the water as we were crossing it, so cool! Weather was so nice the first two days, we took a hike up Dasnuten with Morgan’s fellow exchange student friends, so much fun BUT SO TIRING. The people in Norway are some of the nicest, tallest, and blondest you will ever meet. People were always smiley and happy, and so, so quiet! It was a really fun trip! Besides the hike, we went out for some beers one night (cough, well one at that price), took some tours of the ADORABLE city of Stavanger- a port city with a mix of really old cottage-type homes among super new, modern, even futuristic looking houses. There are no stoplights, only roundabouts which I thought was weird-cool and interesting; Norway also is the homeland of the Vikings, troll- legend, and…wait for it..paperclips!! Man that guy must be loadedddd…!! Morgan, Steph and I even met up with a friend whose from Oslo, but was in Stavanger for a communion. She was dressed in traditional special-occasion clothing- a floor length black, wool dress with pretty colorful embroidery and flowers with a matching hat, so cute, and SO NORWEGIAN! hehe Went out to a club by the harbor one night too, to celebrate a goodbye party for one of Morgan’s Finish friends. Overall, this was an amazing and totally worth while trip. I spent a lot of time with friends- both new and old, soaking in beautiful landscapes, and spent time to appreciate a country that’s totally different from the typical destination. I will definitely be back for the northern lights one day!!!
Gardens at Villa La Pietra.
Not a bad place to take a nap……..:) Woke up and completely forgot where I was….just layin’ in the middle of a grassy field with Tuscan country as the backdrop. Still dreaming?….feels like it..
Last night Via Tosinghi’s RHM (and my boss), Daniele, hosted a cheese tasting in our apartment. He came in with a hugee Esselunga bag filled with different assortments of pecorino, buffalo mozzarella, parmesan reggiano, some other roasted bacon-tasting mozzarella, and little jars of fig and olive spread. Definitely a fan of the pecorinos and buff mozz! Hope they have em the in the States ‘cuz I duno if I can go back to sliced American!…:O