Imagine taking a bus from the Girona Airport in Spain and getting dropped off in the middle of Barcelona with no tour guide to lead the way, no map worth looking at for directions and not even a police officer to give you directions to your hostel before the sun begins to set more than it already has.
I always knew about Italy’s love and dedication to calcio (soccer) and if I didn’t make it out to a game, I would forever regret it. After all, I grew up watching soccer with a family that has an interest in the Italian teams.
For a while now, my “places to go” list has included Venice, Italy, at the top. I’d fantasize about this city and pin pictures of it on my Pinterest travel board. I also have a “things I want to accomplish” list for 2014, and on it are the words: “Ride in a gondola in Venice while studying abroad.” I am now a happy girl.
I am now more than halfway through my journey studying abroad in Florence, Italy...In Italian, it’s called miei posti preferiti, or my favorite places.
Before getting ready to visit Italy, my friends and I talked about what trips we wanted to go on, what to do in Florence and how to have a wonderful experience abroad. We also discussed Italian etiquette.