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Rainy Day Musings

In Florence, Italy by Amanda B.3 Comments

This whole relying-solely-on-yourself in a new country and improving is actually great – I have officially conquered my fear of thunderstorms! I know, I know… that’s not very deep and self-revelational (although those things are also happening) but… it’s a good thing nonetheless. I have a semi-irrational fear of thunderstorms at night, and since they rarely happen in SoCal and …

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Cinque Terre

In Italy by Amanda B.6 Comments

Today, I had another one of those I-feel-like-i'm-in-a-dream days. Wait, who am I kidding? ...that's been pretty much everyday here. But today was something new - I took my first day trip and it was to Cinque Terre! I'm still in utter disbelief that I'm actually experiencing all the places in the pictures I would stare longingly at on my computer ...
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Boboli Bliss

In Florence, Italy by Amanda B.4 Comments

Today we explored Boboli Garden. I've been looking forward to this for a long time because I've heard so much about how gorgeous it is. OH MY GOSH This place was insanely beautiful. We went in, went up a beautiful walkway, and were presented with the most beautiful view right off the bat. We took a look at the map ...
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Bump in the Road

In Florence, Italy by Amanda B.1 Comment

I'm a little all over the place, so don't judge if this blog post isn't as wonderfully written and exciting as usual ;) a LOT has happened today. So today was a nice day. We had our 2nd language class (normally we don't have class on Fridays but we do on this Friday and the next to make up for ...
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Sore Feet and Paninis

In Florence, Italy by Amanda B.5 Comments

Today was our Italian language placement exam at 9 AM. These past days have been full of wandering so today I finally got to learn the straight path from our apartment to the study center... It's 1 mile but isn't bad at all! I love it because I get to gaze lustfully like an idiot at all the pretty buildings ...
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Thank God for Visuals

In Florence, Italy by Amanda B.10 Comments

So there's this small thing called a language barrier and it's just slightly a struggle (sarcasm here, if you couldn't tell). Like when you're supposed to move your luggage but instead you stand there clueless while your bellhop explains himself 4 times over, only speaking faster each time. Or like when you really need a fork for your overflowing sandwich but don't ...
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En Route Thoughts

In Italy by Amanda B.7 Comments

Well here I am – sipping coffee on the final descent to Brussels with a sore butt, heavy eyes, and a roller coaster of thoughts. I was that little girl who had to be dragged into the car kicking and screaming just to go to Disneyland with my best friend because I had separation anxiety from my parents. I was …

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