|Sunset over Florence from my apartment|
|Mom & Isam!|
|Trenchard girls in Venice!|
The rest of my time has been spent exploring new places and meeting new people in Florence. As I am writing with just 10 days left in this city I have a list of about 20+ things I still wish to do before I leave. The amount of things to do here are endless. I've also really been focusing on practicing Italian. It's amazing how much easier it is to learn a language while you're living in a country where they speak it. I took spanish for 6 years and still can't put a sentence together. I've taken Italian for 4 months and I can usually understand people's conversations as I'm eavesdropping on the street. It's a great accomplishment.
Throughout the city they are beginning to put up Christmas decorations in preparation for the holidays. There are christmas lights strung down almost every street in the center of the city. It's magical! The Christmas markets have opened in the Santa Croce area and they are putting a giant tree in Piazza del Duomo! Every store window has greens and traditional decorations. They do not mess around here in that department!
For the rest of my time here I plan on squeezing in a day trip or two, a few historical stops around Florence, shopping and spending time with the great people I've met here. If we ever do get to come back to Florence again in the future, it will never be exactly the same. So I'm cherishing the last few days with my friends, going to our favorite restaurants and staying out an extra hour or two each night. Every single person I've met while abroad has taught me so much about life and about myself. I'm always terrible at saying goodbye-- I know December 14th will be an especially sad day here in Florence. But….America watch out, I'm coming home!