It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’d give you a little update of what’s been happening on the other side of the big blue Atlantic.
First off, I can’t believe I’ve been here for more than two months now! Time is flying by and I must admit, my travel bug is still alive and well. In fact my recent adventures during Spring Break only made me want to see and experience more cultures! But more on that later…
Life here is Sesto is still treating Gabby and I well. We both would admit however, that it would be more convenient to live in Florence for the simple reasons of being closer to our friends and because one never knows when the Italian train workers will go on strike… leaving us stranded in Sesto when we had big plans for a night out in the city. True story, but now I know the bus system so I will be prepared when I see the flashing “cancellato” signs where the train number should be.
Moving right along, I have learned lots of Italian thanks to the 6 credit Italian class I am taking. It’s fun to be able to use it around the city but I sometimes still get a dear in the head-lights look when locals rapid-fire questions at me. But their questions are usually about the train schedule and therefore I would probably lead them astray even if I could understand them because I still get on the wrong one from time to time. It keeps life interesting. 🙂
I’m enjoying the rest of my classes! We just had midterms two weeks ago and my exams were actually much harder than anticipated but I thankfully ended up doing well. I’ve made more friends in my classes which is really nice! Most of the students here are from the east coast so it is fun to make more friends from different places. Although, I’m definitely missing all my friends from back home.
I also became a volunteer tour guide in the main cathedral here in Florence about a month ago. I have really enjoyed learning more about the history of Florence and Il Duomo and being able to share it with visitors from all over the world. This past week I gave tours to people from Israel, Australia, and Canada. I only volunteer two hours a week but it is time well spent. Below are pictures of the cathedral and it’s famous dome!
As far as my travels go, in the last month or so I have visited Milan, Modena, Lake Como, Vienna, Munich, Prague, and Bruges. The last four were during my spring break which was just last week! But I will write a separate post about that later.
In the meantime, here’s a little slice about the other places I’ve visited…
Get it? It’s a slice! Hahah oh man, I love cheesey jokes. Gosh there I go again. Ok that’s enough of that.
The cathedral in Milan is absolutely stunning! Fun fact: it can hold up to 40,000 people which is more than all of CSU!
View of Milan from way up high!
I really enjoyed walking through what is called the Porta Nuova district in Milan. It is an exposition on the latest technology and sustainable architecture. (See pictures below)
The two towers in the distance are apartment building that contain vertical forests. They were built with the intent to help purify the city air, increase bio-diversity and protect residents from the sun and noise pollution. Pretty cool, huh? I thought so too!
I was surprised how much I ended up enjoying Milan! The magnificent cathedral, modern architecture, prime-people watching (fashion capital!), and delicious food showed me even nature-loving coloradans like myself can have a good time in a big city.
The birthplace and main producer of balsamic vinegar since the middle ages.
Fun fact: some vinegars are aged to up to 37 years!
Our train got delayed 3 hours the day we tried to go to Modena so we ended up missing the tour of the balsamic factory. However, the nice owner still allowed us into their storage room for a quick taste and shared some information about the balsamic making process. I got a yummy gift to share with the family that I will send back with my parents 🙂
Located in northern Italy, this absolutely beautiful (even in the off-season) area was a nice relaxing get away! We only spent a day here which was not enough but I’m still glad I got to see it!
What a beautiful world we live in 🙂
I look forward to sharing my Spring Break Blog with you soon.