So after flying for a total of 8 hours I finally made it to Florence! We arrived at the Grand Hotel Baglioni at around 3pm. The hotel is gorgeous. When I finally made it up to my room (50 students with two bags each taking elevators that fit 2 people at a time) I could not figure out how to open the door. My roommate, Sam, was thankfully inside and she let me in. We have been hitting it off pretty well. After attending the mandatory meeting, we had a group dinner at the restuarant on the roof of our hotel. The views were amazing, especially the view of the Duomo. Four courses and two food babies later, a couple of girls decided to go search the city. We wandered around and I just couldn’t believe how beautiful the city was lit up at night. It finally hit me that we were here and all the months of working my butt off and planning are finally being put into action.
Today, we had a meeting about housing and excursions that API (the program I am here with) puts on throughout the semester, FOR FREE. There is a weekend trip to Rome, Venice, and a couple other places. Later on this afternoon we took a walking tour of the city with a tour guide. The buildings and bridges are so beautiful and so well preserved.
Its been a great few days so far, but I feel like I am back to last Christmas break with the Sophomore International Experience. I don’t want to be living out of a suitcase in a hotel. I want to be on my own in my apartment, with the ability to cook for myself. Thankfully, I will have that opportunity tomorrow morning when we finally get to move in.