‘Tis the season! Even though Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated here in Italy, that didn’t stop us from making our own celebration, and highlighting the importance of the holiday by reminding ourselves what we’re thankful for and surrounding ourselves with the company with the great friends and professors that have quickly become like family! Plus, it also gave us an excuse to eat yummy American food, which is always encouraged.
FASA hosted a Thanksgiving dinner with students and professors alike at a nearby American church. Over 50 of us were able to have a belated celebration filled with Thanksgiving specialties such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and then other delicious creations made by everyone! My mouth is watering thinking about all the amazing creations everyone was able to put together.
We had such cute spirited decorations, games (Heads Up! is always a classic), and company being surrounded by those we have built some great relationships with over the course of a semester. For some, it marks the near end of this life changing experience, others it marks a time to go home and regroup, and others who will gear up for their own travels during break.
The following day, several of us were able to give back to the community by participating in Colletta Alimentare, which was on Saturday, November 26 and marked the Italian national day of food donation collections. It was so nice being able to give back to the community that has been our home for just about four months and counting and be able to help those in need! We collected food donations at a local supermarket and others helped pack away the goods to be sent.
Florence has quickly become a home away from home for many of us and as the holiday season quickly approaches, it is clear that we have built a strong community as the students of FIT in Florence!