So it has been three weeks since I've gotten home and I already miss Florence. I love being home but working every day and paying off my debts to my parents hasn't been all that much fun. However, I have really missed my family and friends and was lucky enough to see them all when I got home. It's nice knowing that everyone around me speaks English again, even though I'm not completely used to not hearing my favorite Italian word, "ciao," every five minutes.
I have two more weeks here, studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I started my first trip off in Interlaken, Switzerland and ended my last trip at the Amafi Coast, Italy. The weekend of April 18, my parents and little brother came to visit me and my sister. They arrived that Friday, and stayed until the 27th. The first weekend they were here, we traveled to Venice and Rome.
So these past two weeks have been crazy. The weekend of April 4th, we stayed in Florence and went to visit Santa Croce. Santa Croce is located in Piazza di Santa Croce, which is only a three minute walk from my apartment. The Basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world. In addition, it is the burial place of some of the most famous Italian artists, such as Rossini, Gentile, Foscolo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and even the famous Michelangelo. It is known as the Temple of the Italian Glories. Although it cost 6 euros to get in, it was definitely worth it.
I may be coming off as repetitive by saying this past week was the best week of my life, but it absolutely was. But I won't start there. First off, the weekend of the 7th and 8th of March I went to Barcelona, Spain for the famous Abroadfest. Unfortunately, I was unable to get into Abroadfest because I wasn't wearing the "proper shoes," but Barcelona was still amazing. The city is humongous and the scenery right by the ocean was jaw breaking. We got to go all the way up to the top of a hill which overlooked all of Barcelona, including the famous Barcelona soccer stadium. We got to see famous tourist attractions such as the Sagrada Familia which is the largest cathedral I have ever seen. It began construction in 1882 and still to this day has not been completed. Other famous attractions we got to see were the Barcelona Cathedral, Parc de la Ciutadella, Placa d'Espanya, Torre Agbar, and the Arc de Triomf. All in all it was an amazing trip and definitely worth seeing.
These past two weeks have been unbelievable. The weekend of the 22nd of February, I had an Orientation trip to Assisi, Perugia, Siena & San Gimignano.
These past two weekends, I visited two of the most unique cities in Europe. First, I went to Interlaken, Switzerland and saw the most beautiful part of the Alp Mountains. The first day, we took a tour around the city and visited the Thundersee Lake. The city was amazing, and the chocolate that they had was like no other chocolate I've ever had before. In addition, the Thundersee lake was one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen. The water had a beautiful blue color, from all of the glaciers falling into it. Unfortunately, it was too cold to swim in the lake or else I would have been swimming in it all day.
So its been the first week of studying abroad in Florence, Italy. It has also most likely been one of the best weeks of my entire life. First off, we moved into our apartment, which is right smack in the middle of Florence. I am within 5 minutes of the famous Duomo, one of the largest churches in all of Italy and the largest brick dome ever constructed. After exploring and looking around, I got to know my roommates. I have 5 other roommates, one from Florence who speaks Italian fluently and speaks English well enough to carry on a conversation. Every night, we have went to a different bar or club and had the time of our lives. However, other than that, I have been keeping busy and on February 2nd, we got to visit Pisa and I got to take that famous leaning tower of Pisa picture.
Hi! My name is Michael Cerchione and I am a junior at Saint Vincent College, where I am majoring in Business Management with a minor in Operational Excellence. This spring semester I will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy at Fairfield University. I have always wanted to study abroad in Italy, but it was more of a dream than reality until I started talking with the study abroad program at Saint Vincent.