Thursday, December 8, 2016
Happy Immaculate Conception! According to the Catholic Church, today is the day when Mary was conceived. It’s a national holiday in Italy, so the entire city of Florence was out and about filling the cobblestone streets. We obviously didn’t have class today, but we had today’s classes last Friday. Yay for a four day weekend!
I slept in till 10 today (a rarity) and submitted my final writing for college paper. One more paper to go in the semester!
Sasha, Olivia, and I went to Ditta Artigianale on Via dello Sprone to do some journaling and cappuccino consuming. Sasha captured this shot of me in my element by the elegant Christmas tree.
Tonight there was the lighting of the Christmas tree in Piazza del Duomo. There were also parades throughout the city! I took my camera out (finally). I have never seen the city so crowded and full of holiday spirit.
Moments after the tree was lit! It was so cool being there and counting down in Italian with thousands of other people. I felt like someone in Times Square on New Year’s Eve only luckier.
After the tree lighting, we walked around the city, ate dumplings at Beijing 8, and checked out some of the Christmas markets. We most likely will never witness the tree lighting in Florence again, so it was really special we got to together. It’s a shame everyone around us was recording the tree lighting on their phones! A moment like that should be fully appreciated in the present without technology.
It was an Italian holiday well celebrated. I am counting down the days until Rome and Budapest! It’s been quite the experience celebrating a holiday season abroad. xo ~e.
PS* Check out my most recent FlockU post about my experience drinking in Europe.