10 Tips For When You Get Lost In Florence (Because You Will)

Happy Friday!

I spent most of this week exploring Florence, and managed to get lost a few times. While I was wandering around, I came up with this post idea. Enjoy!

1. Even though Florence is a smaller city, you will get lost in the first few weeks. Know that now, and you will feel better when you’re panicking at 11 PM trying to find your way home.

2. You are terrible at reading maps. Stop trying to make sense of them and go ask someone in a cafe. Trust me.

3. The wifi is spotty here, stop trying to use Google Maps in the middle of the street. It will not work, no matter how hard you hit the refresh button.

4. When someone says look for an landmark, make sure they’re specific about what landmark they are talking about. Florence is old, and almost every building looks like it could be a landmark.

5. Give yourself enough time to get places, otherwise you’ll be running around frantically looking for where you’re supposed to go.

6. Vespas and cars will park ON the curb, not next to it. They also will not stop for you, even when you have the right of way.

7. Bikes will also park on the street, and you will run into them. Frequently.

8. When you get lost, don’t stare at a map in the middle of the street, you will look like a desperate tourist, and people will try to sell you things.

9. Wear comfortable shoes. I cannot say this enough. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES. Also, keep Band-Aids on you at all times, you WILL need them,

10. Getting lost in Florence is one of the best things that will happen to you. You are lost in a beautiful city on a once-in-a lifetime trip. Take the time to explore your surroundings, you won’t regret it.



I’m Alive, and in Florence!

Happy Sunday !

It’s official folks, I am in Florence! I will be here for roughly the next 3 1/2 months. And I couldn’t be happier!

The jet lag/homesickness has been a little rough, but Italy is definitely making up for it with its amazing food and beautiful sights!

One thing I noticed throughout the course of the first week here is that no matter how old you get, going to new places can be scary. But seeing some familiar faces can definitely help any lingering doubts.

Also, take time to explore by yourself! Not at night of course, but I’ve found myself wandering around during the day, peeking into shops and seeing all of the touristy spots in the early morning hours.

And don’t be afraid to get lost! Seeing as I am directionally challenged, I’ve already managed to do this a few times, but it’s proven to be surprisingly fun; and a great way to explore the new environment that you’re in!

So I leave you with some first week pictures, and plenty more to come!

Have a fantastic week to come!








Good Morning From Rome!

Happy Sunday!

As you can guess from the title, my semester abroad has begun, and I am currently sitting in a bed in Rome, Italy!

Minus the jet lag, I am having a great time so far, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

However, the wifi in Rome is a little slow/spotty, so I might not write much for the next few days. My hope is that the wifi in Florence will be stronger/more consistent. Fingers crossed!

I can’t wait to share my semester abroad with you all, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Have a great day!