The second week of school has just ended for me and a semester’s amount of work has been unloaded on my shoulders. It already seems daunting to balance both classes and travel, but thankfully I know I already managed for a semester, so I’m sure I can handle this oh so hard study abroad lifestyle once more. It’s been an exciting start to the semester already with my first article getting published at The Florentine, a FASA cooking class coming up this weekend, some amazing new teachers and returning teachers to make this semester even better, and trips coming up in the near future. The spring semester students have landed in Florence and have begun mingling with the full-year students who already know the ropes. The friendships that began five months ago have just continued to grow. I can’t imagine what a new spring semester student coming from the stark FIT campus must think when all of us are mingling, talking, and joking both during each class break and before/after class. In just four short months, they will see that it is a lovely, inevitable part of studying at Polimoda.
Two weeks ago Pitti Uomo, a menswear tradeshow, graced the streets of Florence with some of the most beautiful and well-dressed men I’ve ever seen. This, of course, built up my excitement to attend Pitti Bimbo. A children’s tradeshow that is in its eightieth year, Pitti Bimbo is one of the first places big childrens brands show their new merchandise for next season. We got to explore the interesting grounds of La Fortezza, an old military base, where the tradeshow was held for two hours last Saturday morning. We were lucky enough to walk through the collections of Original Marines, Diesel Kids, and Twin Set to name just a few. There’s nothing like a childrens apparel show to prove to me that even Italian kids look better than I do.
In just a week I’ll be taking off for Paris, my first trip of the semester. London is a close second and is funded by the school. Our classes will take place there for four days. I opted to travel both before and after the London trip, so I suddenly have a ten-day trip coming up. After a relaxing break, I’m ready to see some new places: Paris, France, London, England, and Galway, Ireland. Prepping for this trip is stressing me out (my usual nature), but I know I have nothing to complain about. Three countries in ten days? *Insert dancer girl emoji right here.*
Today a few rare flurries of snow fell on Florence, much to my surprise. After expecting to miss Juno completely, I guess a small bit of snow still caught up to me across the world! It’s the start of a new semester in the same beautiful, renaissance city… and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s to my last four months In Florence, which should seem like a lot of time, but in reality doesn’t seem long enough. I’m ready to tackle Europe round two.