Missing Italy

I recently got the urge to go through all of the pictures I took during my exchange trip to Florence, Italy. It’ll be two years since I went this month, which is crazy!

I went to Florence my junior year of high school as an exchange trip, and it was such an amazing experience. In September of 2015, about 20 Italian students came to Rhode Island and lived with me and my other classmates. Then, in April of 2016, us Americans went to Florence to live with them! I don’t think I would have enjoyed the experience nearly as much as I did if it wasn’t with all of my friends. The trip was through the art program at school, so I knew everyone and loved the teachers that were going with us.

Here’s a slideshow of some photos from my trip!

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Throughout the trip, we experienced the daily life of Italian teens, as well as a normal school trip, visiting art museums and churches. We also spent two days and one night in Venice which was so much fun.

On this trip, I gained so much independence and learned about cultural differences between Italy and the U.S. which I found interesting. One night we went to a Fiorentina (Florence’s professional soccer team) match. Without parents. What? I had never gone somewhere like a stadium without at least one adult with me; this amount of independence was so foreign to me and all of my friends, but it was also addicting. Coming back home to parents who need to know what you’re doing, where you are, and who you’re with (love you Mom and Dad) was kind of sad since our freedom abroad was bountiful.

Italy was the last time I was in Europe, and I miss it so much. But with that, I have news…

I’m going back to Europe in January!

I am so incredibly excited to be a part of a study abroad program for Elon’s winter term. I am going to be heading to Spain, as well as Morocco! I cannot wait to finally be back in Europe, as well as experience two countries (and another continent) that I have never been to before. I am definitely excited to write up more blog posts about my travels to come.

See you guys soon!

With love,

Mackenzie

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