As of today, I’ve been studying abroad in Italy for almost two months! I can’t believe it’s been so long since said goodbye to my friends and family (or since I’ve had tea café ). I love living here. Arezzo has become my home and I cherish all the incredible experiences I’ve had traveling in Italy. Also, the people in my program are so cool! It’s crazy to me that I didn’t even know them a month ago and now I have such good friends.
As I mentioned earlier, Arezzo has honestly become my second home. I have absolutely fallen in love with the people, the land, and just learning from the different culture. It’s like I developed a daily rhythm, this is my new normal. I’ve mastered the art of dodging the fearless drivers, ordering my food in perfect Italian, and have had my fair share of experiences sprinting through train stations.
However, being so far into the semester, I’m beginning to come to the realization that I haven’t yet had the experiences I anticipated. I’ve been so distracted by homework and traveling that I feel like I haven’t been able to develop the relationships I thought I would with local Italians. So far, I’ve became friends with a University of Siena student who lives in the monastery with us. I’ve also had dinner at the home of a local Italian family’s home. I get to learn a lot about the differences between our cultures and norms through these interactions. Although, I’ve loved having the opportunity to getting to know these Italians, I would love to be able to make these connections on my own. I think building relationships on my own will help me fulfill the comprehensive experience abroad I was hoping for. To do this I think I’ll try to make more active efforts of getting to know locals and just switching up my routine once in a while. Updates coming hopefully soon!