January Update

I am THRIVING. Coming to Florence may have been the best decision I have ever made.

After thirty days, I have accomplished a lot. For example:

Travels: Bologna, Venice, Lucca, Pisa, Chianti, & Verona

Best Meal: The zucchini risotto & four cheese gnocchi with truffle at Osteria Santo Spirito and lasagna from Parma a Tavola in Verona

What I Miss (If Anything): American candy!! There is an abundance of chocolate and pastries in this country, but no candy! All I want is Starburst or strawberry sour straws or Laffy Taffy maybe even Sour Patch Kids. I could go on and on. ( @Dad please bring me some!)

Lessons Learned: Never wear necklaces outside of your clothes when walking down the street–someone will steal them! Trust me.

Overall, Florence has brought out the best Payton in me. I feel more confident in myself and my decisions, I noticed I’m becoming more fearless in who I talk to and how I present myself to strangers and potential new friends. As scary as it was to be dropped into a country where I don’t know the language or any of the people, I have never felt more free to be myself and to explore everything around me.

With all the new fun and excitement, there is still a part of me that misses home, my family and my friends, but that part of me is so small I almost forget that entire world exists anymore. I think that when you move across the world, you leave your worries behind and find yourself living in the moment. There is no point in dwelling on things happening 7,000 miles away. I’m enjoying myself and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

I have officially become the cliche, study abroad student.

love, PT

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