I can’t believe it, but I’ve been in Firenze for a little over a month now, and all I can say is that I’m not going to want to leave come December. Italians definitely have a different way of life, but it is a more relaxed and luxurious way of living that I am most definitely getting used to. By luxurious I don’t mean expensive, I mean high quality. They don’t expect anything less than the best when it comes to every little thing.
Between weekend travels and classes during the week, I am genuinely exhausted 24/7 and am going to use the months of December and January to sleep. There truly aren’t enough hours in the day to travel, explore Florence and do school work, but somehow I am managing this laid back craziness.
When it comes to classes, I absolutely love them. My professors are so passionate about what they do plus have years of industry experience. These project, site visit and discussion based courses are so different from a typical lecture in the US, but it is a good different. They truly let you show what you learn and try to prepare you to work in the industry. They also point out the stark differences between life and the fashion industry in Italy and in the United States. The passionate Italian craziness is present in my professors, and as they always say “you have to be at least a little bit crazy to work in fashion.”
As for travels, I could definitely get used to jetting off every weekend to a place more beautiful than the one past. So far I’ve visited…
- Cinque Terre
- San Gimignano and Tuscan Wineries
- Split, Croatia
- Munich, Germany
- Paris, France
This week is Milan, Pisa and Luca with more to come in the next couple months. Although I have loved everywhere my travels have taken me, my heart belongs in Italy (and a little bit in Paris) where I have yet to meet a city I haven’t loved. My favorite place in Florence has to be the Boboli Gardens. I could spend days wandering through this massive garden full of hidden paths, fountains and sculptures. It is the perfect oasis for the tourist-packed city. Also, I can’t wait for all the tourists to leave. They are everywhere. If I die here in Florence it is either going to be by second hand smoke, getting hit by a biker OR getting hit in the head by a tourist’s selfie stick.
Also, don’t get me started on the food. It is delicious and I would eat somewhere new everyday if my bank account would allow it. Luckily, gelato is only around two euros and I’ve had enough to last a lifetime, but wont be slowing down anytime soon.
My Favorite Gelato: It is a strict tie between Gelateria dei Neri and La Carraia Gelateria. Both amazing, I could eat them everyday for the rest of my life and not get sick of them.
Latest Food Obsession: Anything with truffle or balsamic, its to die for.
Favorite “Italian” Trend: The fact that “dressing up” is the norm, people notice and make comments when you wear running shorts and a t-shirt, but appreciate it when someone takes the time to get ready in the morning. More specifically, I’m in love with flowy pants and simplistic outfits that look like they took hours to put together.
Favorite Italian Store Discovery: Uashmama. This family owned sustainable company is the definition of Italian luxury, plus their products are amazing.
Ciao for now and on to the next adventure,