My trip abroad began poorly with a delay due to some horrible engine problem, and continued when the Italians next to me on the plane assumed I could translate the English announcement for them. I thought I was in the clear when I finally landed, when my worst nightmare came true: my baggage never came around the belt :'( Which, of course, was traumatizing. This was only my second flight ever.
After a sad night sleeping in the jeans I had worn on the plane, contacts freshly discarded and teeth unbrushed, I was in Italy! Yay?
The first day began with a tour around Firenze. Here are some random "look how cool the streets of Italy are!" pictures I snapped whilst walking.
|emerging from the apartments|
|right onto the Arno!|
|sidewalks made for stick people|
|this is something I think|
|first sighting of the Duomo :O|
|an English movie theatre we're saved|
|still a couple christmas decor|
|first sighting of Santa Croce! |
|I spy a river|
|one of many bridges|
|is Italy real?|
|real cool, you mean!|
|candy-colored architecture |
Then we all got excited prematurely when we saw these cool statues, which are all fake. That makes sense since they're all outdoor.
This was in Piazza della Signoria, outside Palazzo Vecchio.
|the view from Ponte Vecchio|
|speaking of, view of Ponte Vecchio PM|
|first italian meal, of course|
|first italian dessert, of course (tiramisu, anyone?)|
But let me show you where I live! I live in a darling homestay with a darling family with a darling roommate. Our room has a darling terrace!
|what's through here?|
|down a floor|
|to the courtyard below|
On Saturday, we went to see some museums! Our first stop was the Bargello.
|cool hallways pt 1|
|Mary, Jesus, Peter & Paul|
|the Bargello is known for its statues, I've heard|
|cool hallways pt 2|
|the birds by alfred hitchcock|
|Madonna of Mercy|
I love this one because if you look closely, you see she has her people in her robes!
|it's esp cool to be Catholic in Italy|
|statues upon statues, Bacchus upon Bacchus|
|gold & black Crucifixion|
I know it looks like a million pictures, but I've only chosen my favorite pieces of art and scenery for your full and undivided attention (basically).
I liked this one a lot as well. It's called something like Saint George Killing the Dragon, Saving the Princess. Pretty Mario/prince-like.
|thank God for glasses cases b/c these feet are clumsy|
|Saint Anne, Madonna, Jesus|
This was a special one as well, because of my sister Veronica's middle name being Anne and the confirmation saint of one of my best friends, Veronica!
|sacred ground, basically|
|there's me in the black amongst those in black|
|one of many beautiful churches|
|yellows and greens and Ponte Vecchio|
|beautiful even on dim days|
|Arno sure beats the Thames|
There's a plethora of street art, normally on walls or more tastefully on street signs, but this is a cool circus happening on one of the side streets!
|did I mention the zucchini pizza?|
|or the endless churches?|
|I don't even remember the names of them|
|but I do remember this one!|
|e piu grande|
|Duomo and dummo|
|I am but a midget|
|basically the sistine chapel|
|the Great Hall?|
|so pretty it kinda hurts your eyes doesn't it|
|monstrous from every angle (angel?)|
But my favorite part of Florence Cathedral is this gem I happened across (a cross?):
|pretty church, but wait...|
|THE HEAD OF AN ORC???|
|old upright bass|
|old clarinets (represent)|
|and old pianos! I wish those were still a thing|
|the archangels and someone? ft. creeping statues|
|too dramatic to be naked|
|just kidding it's beautiful|
|ciao bello, sorry I kept you waiting|
|he is magnificent, he is naked|
|he is chiseled, he is nude|
|basically the same height|
|roomie and I, clearly thrilled|
|I thought it'd be hilarious to take a selfie with him|
|butt he didn't mind|
|now if only I could understand Italian mass|
|San Lorenzo Basilica from San Lorenzo Market!|
|ft. my director of studies, rain-proof|
|packed stadium (over where it counts)|
|sitting in the cheap seats but hey €9|
|wearing my freshly haggled team scarf (I promise it's purple)|
I have to say my favorite part of the match was watching the obscene hand gestures from both our crowd and the scant away crowd. Even if I can't understand what they're saying, I get the gist.