Ciao, Florence!

I am finally back at home in New Jersey following my study abroad program in Florence, Italy through GBI Florence and the CAPA Center. During this program, I had the opportunity to complete coursework in Renaissance Art History and Analyzing and Exploring the Global City. These two classes provided me with extensive information on Florence’s…

Letter to Myself

Dear Alexis,  So it’s nearing the end of study abroad. I’ve got one full day left and let me just say I’ve learned a lot. There’s some things you might want to know before you head to Florence. First, your layover to Florence is going to be the worst of the entire study abroad experience,…

If I lived in Florence full-time…

Florence is unlike anywhere I have lived before. The main industry here is tourism, so it doesn’t seem like I’d find a traditional marketing job here. But that’s fine with me, I can get creative. Currently, I live in the City Center, which is where all of the tourists come. Many people think that Florence…

GBI Florence: Obstacles in Elba

The biggest challenge I’ve faced abroad thus far is the language barrier, as I know virtually no Italian. However, this did not occur in Florence, as most Florentines know English. A couple of weekends ago, three of my roommates and I traveled to Elba Island, a beach vacation spot in Italy. I believe most of…

GBI Florence: Midpoint

I’ve been in Florence for three weeks now, so it makes sense to write about three of my biggest takeaways thus far. Although I have already learned so much about not only Florence, but also myself, pretty much all of it can be summed up with these three things. 1. Ask questions: It’s tough being…

Expectations, or the lack thereof, on GBI Florence

It’s hard to know what to expect when you’re about to experience something so unlike anything you’ve ever done before. Aside from college and sleepaway camp, I haven’t spent much time away from home. This is my first time in Europe and my third time outside of the country. Yes, I’ve studied Italy in European…

Arrivederci Italia!

My international experience was truly amazing, and I am so thankful to have gotten this opportunity! To sum it up, I was in Florence, Italy for three full weeks. The first week I was there, I spent the first few days to settling into my new apartment and starting to explore the city. That Monday,…

Arrival Process & Living in Florence

Ciao! It’s been about two weeks since I arrived in Florence. After a hectic flying experience, we took a taxi to the CAPA center, which is our academic building. I immediately took notice to the narrow, cobblestone streets. Due to the small sidewalks, it is normal for Florentines to walk in the streets. Only those…

Reflecting On My Time In Florence

Well, my program sadly has come to an end, and I am writing this blog post from my South Oakland apartment 🙁 There are a lot of things I wish I had known before I began my international experience, but at the same time I really enjoyed going into this with no expectations. There is…

Permanently Moving To Florence? Hahaha … Unless???

I think becoming a full time resident of my study abroad location, Florence, Italy, would be so fun! Florence is one of the major Italian cities, which I love, but it’s not as super touristy as somewhere like Rome. I foresee myself living in a big city in the future, so imagining Florence as my…