The Best Six Weeks of My Life

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I recently got home to the states from studying abroad in Florence, Italy for the past six weeks. To say that I peaked while abroad would be the understatement of the century. And, to be honest, people aren’t kidding when they say post-abroad depression is a real thing. But, I guess all things must come to an end. Sigh.

I chose to study abroad for Summer 2018 because I am not able to go for a whole semester, due to being a member of the SU Dance Team. I decided to go through SU Abroad and study at our Florence, Italy campus, because, like… who wouldn’t want to spend their summer in Italy? Exactly.

Syracuse University has an AMAZING study abroad program because we have actual campuses abroad. This proved to be great because I didn’t have to worry about enrolling in a new (and foreign) university, transferring credit, etc. I decided to take just one class while abroad so that I could have as much time to explore as possible. Although I was only taking three credits, I absolutely LOVED my class and my professor. For anyone studying abroad at SU’s Florence campus, I highly recommend SOC/PSY 400 “A Cross Cultural Study: Italy and the Italian’s” with Professor Kleine… you can thank me later.

My mini guide to Florence, Italy….

Places you have to visit:

  • Duomo
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Galleria dell’Accademia
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica
  • Gucci Garden

Best Places to go out:

  • Blanco Beach club
  • Space
  • Yab
  • Bamboo
  • Flo
  • Red Garter

Best Gelato:

  • Badiani

Best Food:

  • Not going to lie here… My host mom’s cooking topped every restaurant I ate at.

I was lucky enough to travel on the weekends. I took trips to Tuscany, Italy; Split, Croatia; Viareggio, Italy; Rome, Italy; Santorini, Greece; Ireland; Venice, Italy; Amalfi Coast, Italy.

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As much as I loved Florence, the trips we took every weekend were absolutely amazing and probably my favorite part of studying abroad. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND EVERY SINGLE PLACE THAT I VISITED. I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY ABOUT ANY OF THEM!! That being said, Santorini was hands down my favorite trip, as it was unlike any place I have ever seen before. My jaw literally dropped when I saw the island and the views were so unbelievable; our entire weekend was straight out of a movie.

I could go on and on and on about my time abroad, but I’m guessing everyone doesn’t care about every minute of my trip. So for now, this quick summary is enough! If anyone ever wants to hear more about my time abroad or is looking for any questions, HIT ME UP.

So yeah, not to be dramatic or anything, but I officially had the best six weeks of my life. This summer will forever have a special place in my heart. I’m patiently waiting to go back 🙂

xx Kelly

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