New and Old

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I haven't blogged in a while because I've been home for break. But, now that I'm back in Florence, I'll be blogging once a week again.

It's sort of strange coming back: a mix of the familiar and unfamiliar. The streets of Florence are the same. The language, the same. My school's campus, the food, the tourists. All the same. But I live in a new homestay in a different part of the city. My classes are different. Nearly all of my American friends have gone home.

It's the changing of people that feels strange to me. When I go to campus, I expect to see the same faces I had been used to seeing for four months, and instead I see new ones. New people, most of them wide-eyed and excited for their semester in Italy, and a little nervous too. They have no idea what to expect. I keep thinking about the day I arrived here. An entirely new and different place, and a language I didn't understand but had to try to speak and comprehend when interacting with my homestay family.

In some ways I feel worlds apart from the new students, and in others we are just the same. This semester will be an exercise in meeting new people and learning (or continuing to learn) a language. And obviously, new classes.

Hopefully I'll get used to the new people soon. In the meantime, I'll keep reading Facebook statuses an wondering my "Florence friends" are still in America. Classes start tomorrow guys. You better hurry up.

Where I spent my winter break (most of it):

Not a bad place to spend my break, still it will be nice to be back home this summer.

As always, if you have any questions about study abroad or the Gilman Scholarship, please leave them in the comments, and I will do my best to answer them.

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