Chelsea V., a blogger on myCISabroad.net, the CISabroad Online Community, provides some insight into a "typical" day in Florence.
The most basic of school days I spend in Italy consist of waking up, working out at Swan, the local gym I joined, making or getting lunch, wandering around Florence, and attending class. At night I usually go to the local pubs with friends, have a wine night on one of our porches, or do homework! On the weekends I travel all over Europe, usually characterized by a lack of sleep, tons of adventure (whether it be seeing sights or riding a camel), and meeting people from all different cultures. In this journal, however, I want to focus on my daily life in Florence, the city who has so kindly been a home to me for the past two and a half months.
As I have mentioned in earlier journal entries, I share an apartment on Borgo Pinti (right near the Duomo!) with five other girls, four of which I had never met or talked to before we moved in. Our apartment is on the first floor and is very spacious. I share a room with two other girls while my roommates have a single and double. We’ve all attempted to get to know each other through what we like to call ‘family dinners’ and thus far things have been going well.
Along with my roommates, I have met some amazing people through classes, going out, and mutual friends from home. I would say I have a solid group of seven girls whom I have so much fun with! We do everything together! I was nervous, as you know from earlier journals, about coming here only knowing one person. Having these women in my life has made my experience all that much better! I have also connected with girls in my sorority in Miami who are abroad and others from my hometown in New Jersey!
Enough about my apartment and friends, let's talk food: the real reason people come to Italy . First off, I have had some of the best sandwiches, or 'paninis', I have ever tasted right here in Florence…