The time has finally come for me to head back to the USA. I cannot believe that it is already here and it hasn’t quite hit me yet (although I’m currently sitting on the plane to New York). Florence showed me the most incredible time of my life and it is something that I would do a 100 times again if I could. I learned so much about myself on this journey and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
A reoccurring motto of this semester was “no ragrets” (yes, not even 1 letter-if you don’t get the reference please watch “We’re the Millers” a.s.a.p.). This truly was the best motto to have because I honestly considered it every time I made a decision to go somewhere, do something, or buy that special (most of the time overpriced) item. And I don’t regret one of those things. Looking back on the semester it is honestly impossible for me to think of one thing that I truly regretted doing. It was totally worth missing that one meeting for a weekend in Paris, buying that beautiful leather jacket, having not one, but two desserts after dinner, staying up to watch the sunrise at Michelangelo, staying in on that Saturday night to have a movie night with the girls, swimming through the beautiful caves in the very choppy ocean in Almafi Coast, riding ATVs all throughout Corfu, staying at the club long enough to catch the 5am metro in Barcelona, insisting on racing my tour guide on the original Olympic stadium (regardless that I was barefoot and wearing my brand new maxi skirt), and so many more memories.
Florence allowed me to meet the most incredible people and form life long friendships. I will forever love my Via Dei Benci girls and cherish the countless moments that we shared in our beautiful Italian apartment. I’ll miss the many homemade dinners that we shared where you could barely get a word in from all the laughing and stories that were shared. I’ve truly loved exploring the world with you girls.
If you have the opportunity to go abroad, please, PLEASE do it! I can’t even put into words all of the feelings that I have about my experience, other than the fact that it was the greatest decision of my life. I’m so happy that I was able to share this journey with you all. I will return to Florence one day and I am counting down until that happens.