With only two weeks left in this surreal city I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my what now feels like a very short stay here in Florence. Between all the weekend trips, crazy nights out, and afternoons exploring my home it’s hard to say what my favorite moment has been. But in the category of best week ever while studying here in Florence, the winner is definitely when my mom, aunt, and grandma came to visit me all the way across the globe.
The whole week was a dream. Nanny conquered the walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and Aunt Sue conquered her fear of heights by climbing the Duomo. On Halloween we celebrated by holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa then we went to dinner where we were the only ones in some sort of makeshift costumes. We got cappuccinos delivered to our bedside by my amazing Aunt Sue every morning. The four of us ventured to Cinque Terre where we completed our bucket list and even got to go boating. The yoga gurus took a local restorative yoga class. We went to the Mercato Centrale pretty much every day to meet our needs of eating good food and buying leather gifts. We trudged around the Uffizi Gallery. Our crew went from being the coolest kids at the wine tasting one night, to being served wine out of a cardboard box the next. We cooked a real Italian dinner and even made our own pasta. But most importantly, we got “hollered at” by some of the world’s hottest Italian firefighters.
We laughed a lot, drank a lot, ate a lot, got scammed by fake apartment renter (we have a major bone to pick with this ‘Maria Conboni’), and rode a lot of sketchy public transportation. Simply put, it was quite possible one of the best weeks of my life. Not only did I get to explore my home, but also I got to do it with some of my favorite people. Thanks for coming guys.