Italy (FFE)

I’m currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy for my freshman year of college at Marist’s branch campus. While I don’t have any background in Italian, I am thoroughly enjoying living in this historic and beautiful city. I promised myself I would blog every day while I am here. Follow along as I experience a unique study abroad adventure.

  • Read about Day 1 (traveling to Italy and orientation) here.
  • Read about Day 2 (orientation) here.
  • Read about Day 3 (orientation) here.
  • Read about Day 4 (Tuscania) here.
  • Read about Day 5 (arriving in Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 6 (learning in Italy) here.
  • Read about Day 7 (my love for September) here.
  • Read about Day 8 (TGIF) here.
  • Read about Day 9 (Chianti Wine Tour) here.
  • Read about Day 10 (the night before college) here.
  • Read about Day 11 (first day of classes) here.
  • Read about Day 12 (photo blog) here.
  • Read about Day 13 (culture shock #1) here.
  • Read about Day 14 (surviving first week of classes) here.
  • Read about Day 15 (a yummy day with food) here.
  • Read about Day 16 (budgeting) here.
  • Read about Day 17 (9/11) here.
  • Read about Day 18 (snail mail) here.
  • Read about Day 19 (culture shock #2) here.
  • Read about Day 20 (my poem for FYS) here.
  • Read about Day 21 (cooking class) here.
  • Read about Day 22, 23, and 24 (Roma) here.
  • Read about Day 24 (first soccer practice) here.
  • Read about Day 25 (studying for my first quiz) here.
  • Read about Day 26 (not getting a job I wanted) here.
  • Read about Day 27 (pictures from Rome) here.
  • Read about Day 28, 29, and 30 (Maddie’s visit) here.
  • Read about Day 31 (Month #1 in Italy) here.
  • Read about Day 32 (I voted) here.
  • Read about Day 33 (upcoming travel plans) here.
  • Read about Day 34 (homemade pasta & cappuccinos) here.
  • Read about Day 35 (culture shock #3) here.
  • Read about Day 36 (Cinque Terre) here.
  • Read about Day 37 (journal) here.
  • Read about Day 38 (making new friends in Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 39 (sale at Brandy) here.
  • Read about Day 40 (culture shock #4) here.
  • Read about Day 41 (sick in Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 42 (soup and Ace Juice) here.
  • Read about Day 43 (first rainy day in Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 44 (the week before midterms) here.
  • Read about Day 45 (running and pizza) here.
  • Read about Day 46 (coffee tasting) here.
  • Read about Day 47 (running with Colleen) here.
  • Read about Day 48 (Chinese food) here.
  • Read about Day 49 (care package) here.
  • Read about Day 50 (Lucca Part 1) here.
  • Read about Day 51 (Lucca Part 2) here.
  • Read about Day 52 (midterms day one) here.
  • Read about Day 53 (midterms day two) here.
  • Read about Day 54 (midterms day three) here.
  • Read about Day 55 (midterms day four) here.
  • Read about Day 56 (a fulfilling Friday) here.
  • Read about Day 57 (stranger danger) here.
  • Read about Day 58 (getting to Ibiza) here.
  • Read about Day 59 (Ibiza Day 1) here.
  • Read about Day 60 (return to Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 61 (Month #2 in Italy) here.
  • Read about Day 62 (Venice Day 1) here.
  • Read about Day 63 (Venice Day 2) here.
  • Read about Day 64 (earthquakes & daylight savings) here.
  • Read about Day 65 (Halloween) here.
  • Read about Day 66 (Happy November) here.
  • Read about Day 67 (bookstore) here.
  • Read about Day 68 (culture shock #5) here.
  • Read about Day 69 (volunteering experience #1) here.
  • Read about Day 70 (Saturday night comfort food) here.
  • Read about Day 71 (Sunday night football) here.
  • Read about Day 72 (back to soccer) here.
  • Read about Day 73 (Election day) here.
  • Read about Day 74 (ZàZà) here.
  • Read about Day 75 (Piazza Davanzati) here.
  • Read about Day 76 (volunteering experience #2) here.
  • Read about Day 77 (an relaxing Saturday) here.
  • Read about Day 78 (Sunday funday) here.
  • Read about Day 79 (Magnificent Monday) here.
  • Read about Day 80 (my dream job) here.
  • Read about Day 81 (ciao for now) here.
  • Read about Days 82-84 (FYS field trip) here.
  • Read about Day 85 (Jill’s birthday) here.
  • Read about Day 86 (from market to plate) here.
  • Read about Day 87 (persuasive speech) here.
  • Read about Day 88 (happy turkey day) here.
  • Read about Day 89 (Black Friday in Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 90 (Month #3 in Italy) here.
  • Read about Day 91 (corregere!) here.
  • Read about Day 92 (an eye-opening experience) here.
  • Read about Day 93 (coffee with a stranger) here.
  • Read about Day 94 (Maria Yoon) here.
  • Read about Day 95 (Santa Croce Christmas market) here.
  • Read about Day 96 (last soccer meeting) here.
  • Read about Day 97 (lazy Saturday) here.
  • Read about Day 98 (current events in Italy) here.
  • Read about Day 99 (a day in the life) here.
  • Read about Day 100 (me time) here.
  • Read about Day 101 (pilgrimage readings) here.
  • Read about Day 102 (Immaculate Conception) here.
  • Read about Day 103 (coffee cupping) here.
  • Read about Days 104 & 105 (sick in Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 106 (first year seminar final exam) here.
  • Read about Day 107 (decisions) here.
  • Read about Day 108 (adoption day) here.
  • Read about Day 109 (primo semestre è finita) here.
  • Read about Day 110 (ciao ciao for now) here.
  • Read about Day 111 (alone in Flo) here.
  • Read about Day 112 (io viaggiare) here.
  • Read about Days 112-114 (Roma) here.
  • Read about Day 115 (break in Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 116 (Budapest bucket list) here.
  • Read about Day 117 (hello from Budapest) here.
  • Read about Day 118 (what to do in Budapest Day 1) here.
  • Read about Day 119 (what to do in Budapest Day 2) here.
  • Read about Day 120 (Month #4 in Italy) here.
  • Read about Day 121 (ho tornato a Firenze) here.
  • Read about Day 122 (I’m going to Verona) here.
  • Read about Day 123 (scrivere, scrivere!) here.
  • Read about Day 124 (last day in Firenze in 2016) here.
  • Read about Day 125 (in fair Verona, where we lay our scene) here.
  • Read about Day 126 (felice anno nuovo) here.
  • Read about Day 127 (mangia, mangia!) here.
  • Read about Day 128 (benvenuto a Firenze, mia madre & mio padre!) here.
  • Read about Day 129 (1600 steps later) here.
  • Read about Day 130 (Rome take three) here.
  • Read about Day 131 (happy epiphany) here.
  • Read about Day 132 (guten tag) here.
  • Read about Day 133 (brunch & museums) here.
  • Read about Day 134 (Munich me crazy) here.
  • Read about Day 135 (top of Germany) here.
  • Read about Day 136 (from wursts to gyros) here.
  • Read about Day 137 (Greek coffee, Acropolis & a flea market) here.
  • Read about Day 138 (island hoppin’) here.
  • Read about Day 139 (coffee x3) here.
  • Read about Day 140 (goodbye Athens, hello Crete) here.
  • Read about Day 141 (stray dogs and early European civilization) here.
  • Read about Day 142 (day trip to Chiana) here.
  • Read about Day 143 (andiamo a Milano) here.
  • Read about Day 144 (back to Firenze) here.
  • Read about Day 145 (inauguration day) here.
  • Read about Day 146 (being a Vermonter in Europe) here.
  • Read about Day 147 (breaking my coffee addiction) here.
  • Read about Day 148 (touchdown in Prague) here.
  • Read about Day 149 (Prague day 2) here.
  • Read about Day 150 (Prague days 3 & 4) here.
  • Read about Day 151 (month #5) here.
  • Read about Day 152 (io non parlo Italian) here.
  • Read about Day 153 (preparing for spring semester) here.
  • Read about Day 154 (ho viaggiare a Kiev) here.
  • Read about Day 155 (Привет from Kiev!) here.
  • Read about Day 156 (girls day) here.
  • Read about Day 157 (honey & the U.S. embassy) here.
  • Read about Day 158 (a day in Kyiv in photos) here.
  • Read about Day 159 (postcards & Rafs) here.
  • Read about Day 160 (just Kyiv things) here.
  • Read about Day 161 (Venice pilgrimage 2.0) here.
  • Read about Day 162 (buongiorno, Firenze!) here.
  • Read about Day 163 (spring semester’s underway) here.
  • Read about Day 164 (classes & aperitivo) here.
  • Read about Day 165 (coffee with a familiar & new face) here.
  • Read about Day 166 (end of “GG”, syllabi, & fried fish) here.
  • Read about Day 167 (the Florentine) here.
  • Read about Day 168 (second semester goals) here.
  • Read about Day 169 (“fifty shades darker”) here.
  • Read about Day 170 (buon san valentino) here.
  • Read about Day 171 (cutting back on social media) here.
  • Read about Day 172 (when bigger isn’t better) here.
  • Read about Day 173 (calcio fiorentino) here.
  • Read about Day 174 (under the Tuscan sun) here.
  • Read about Day 175 (cani) here.
  • Read about Day 176 (moka me crazy) here.
  • Read about Day 177 (acqua al due) here.
  • Read about Day 178 (mamma mia, so many pizzas!) here.
  • Read about Day 179 (two cafés & a letter from Juliet) here.
  • Read about Day 180 (fashion adaptations) here.
  • Read about Day 181 (upcoming travels) here.
  • Read about Day 182 (month #6 in Italy) here.
  • Read about Day 183 (Salvatore Ferragamo Museum pt. 1) here.
  • Read about Day 184 (Salvator Ferragamo Museum pt. 2) here.
  • Read about Day 185 (Mara’s crocodile soup) here.
  • Read about Day 186 (signs of spring) here.
  • Read about Day 187 (La La Landhere.
  • Read about Day 188 (new journal) here.
  • Read about Day 189 (free museum Sunday) here.
  • Read about Day 190 (first thunderstorm of the year) here.
  • Read about Day 191 (festa della donna) here.
  • Read about Day 192 (field trip to Santa Croce) here.
  • Read about Day 193 (hilsener fra København) here.
  • Read about Day 194 (Copenhagen day 2) here.
  • Read about Day 195 (under the sea in Den Blå Planet) here.
  • Read about Day 196(Copenhagen photo blog) here.
  • Read about Day 197 (volunteering at Russell Newton) here.
  • Read about Day 198 (it’s a small [Emma] world) here.
  • Read about Day 199 (baptistery) here.
  • Read about Day 200 (happy st. patty’s day) here.
  • Read about Day 201 (reimbursement) here.
  • Read about Day 202 (La Bella e La Bestia) here.
  • Read about Day 203 (so it begins…) here.
  • Read about Day 204 (no midterms today) here.
  • Read about Day 205 (two exams away) here.
  • Read about Day 206 (ho finito con esami) here.
  • Read about Day 207 (greetings from Amsterdam) here.
  • Read about Day 208 (16.78 miles in Amsterdam) here.
  • Read about Day 209 (sensational Sunday) here.
  • Read about Day 210 (oui, oui Paris!) here.
  • Read about Day 211 (last day in Paris) here.
  • Read about Day 212 (au revoir Paris) here.
  • Read about Days 213-215 (family weekend) here.
  • Read about Day 216 (back in the swing of things) here.
  • Read about Day 217 (month #7) here.
  • Read about Day 218 (#marist2021) here.
  • Read about Day 219 (foody farm) here.
  • Read about Day 220 (meet & greet volunteering) here.
  • Read about Day 221 (a favor returned and requested) here.
  • Read about Day 222 (lazy Sunday) here.
  • Read about Day 223 (Gucci Museo field trip) here.
  • Read about Day 224 (volunteering photos) here.
  • Read about Day 225 (pre-departure) here.
  • Read about Day 226 (train haiku) here.
  • Read about Day 227 (I got 99 problems, but a yacht ain’t one) here.
  • Read about Day 228 (joyeuses Pâques!) here.
  • Read about Day 229 (bon voyage) here.
  • Read about Day 230 (“你说中文吗?”) here.
  • Read about Day 231 (top cheFFE champion 2017) here.
  • Read about Day 232 (one month left.) here.
  • Read about Day 233 (the Schmitts are in town) here.
  • Read about Day 234 (the discovery of a secret bakery) here.
  • Read about Day 235 (gelati a Piazzale Michelangelo) here.
  • Read about Day 236 (Sunday in Perugia) here.
  • Read about Day 237 (Festa della Liberazione) here.
  • Read about Day 238 (month #8) here.
  • Read about Day 239 (Great Synagogue of Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 240 (Friday photo blog) here.
  • Read about Day 241 (Siena in a day) here.
  • Read about Day 242 (spotted: Wolverines) here.
  • Read about Day 243 (May showers) here.
  • Read about Day 244 (taglio & piega) here.
  • Read about Day 245 (cibo Cinese con Olivia) here.
  • Read about Day 246 (Language Exchange, Bellosguardo, FFE Luau) here.
  • Read about Day 247 (Cinco de Mayo) here.
  • Read about Day 248 (Terme di Petriolo) here.
  • Read about Day 249 (free museum Sunday) here.
  • Read about Day 250 (last soccer) here.
  • Read about Day 251 (summer reading list) here.
  • Read about Day 252 (two girls in Florence) here.
  • Read about Day 253 (a sign calling me home) here.
  • Read about Day 254 (FFE retreat) here.
  • Read about Day 255 (last Saturday in Flo) here.
  • Read about Day 256 (buona festa della mamma) here.
  • Read about Day 258 (the final[s] week) here.
  • Read about Day 259 (Tuesday raggaze) here.
  • Read about Day 260 (hump day) here.