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Apartment in Firenze

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So it has been a while, but with patience comes reward, no?  My first week in Italy has been a whirlwind of adventure.  Not only am I getting accustomed to the language and culture, but I also had to find an apartment that would fit my needs and price range [living here is not cheap, mind you].  After looking around at a lot of places we found the lovely twin bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room nook that I currently reside in.  We have lovely windows that open up both to the center of the building and to the street [which can be quite loud at night]. 

As a group, we were taken to see the different campuses that we would be studying at, and they are quite a distance from each other.  This now means that I must get a bus pass and/or a bike.  The bus pass would be cheaper and the transportation system here isn't bad at all.  Also, it services to the outside regions of Firenze, so that would be a bonus for the weekends if I just wanted to take a day trip out.  Currently, the options are still weighing each other in my head.

I have to admit, the hardest part of adjusting here coming from NYC is the fact that everything closes around 5 or 6.  Then you are just on your own.  Hopefully, I will become an expert/fast draper and won't have to worry about the work room, since that closes at 8 pm. *bites nails*

I have had a total of 3 classes so far and I do like them.  In my Italian class, we are just reviewing the basics right now, but I suspect the pace will pick up.  Also, she practices the European method of teaching and we will have to have an oral presentation/conversation at the end of the semester.  I'm quite nervous about that because I'm still just in the beginning phases of my language transformation.  I am really interested in my Fashion: Past and Present class right now because it is the learning style I like.  We have a total of 4 or 5 projects, several assignments, a midterm and a final paper.  In each of the projects, we are taking a genre of clothing [ie children's wear, menswear, etc] and taking a time period, combining the two and coming up with a contemporary look for the anachronistic style.  Personally, I like that....It makes me happy :)  Lastly, I had my Illustrator class yesterday.  My teacher is not what I expected because she is in furniture design [she is the designer of the Luna chair, found in most airports/public places].  I love computers and flats, so I think I will enjoy this class as well.

It is still warm here and the misquotes are biting.  We got Vapes from the local store and let me tell you, they work wonders!  No misquotes in sight! 

Well, that is all for now, but I promise to write more frequently.  I have to say I am still suffering from home sickness/culture shock, but I think that may go away soon once classes get going.

Love and miss you all!



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Beginning of an Awfully Big Adventure

Firenze, Italy