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Florence: Big City, Small Radius

by Brooke Criswell

I cannot believe my 25 day trip has come down to four days. I am finishing my adventure in Florence, Italy. Florence is a big, metropolitan city in a small radius. It has a small town feel but also a very large and active community. I have never seen or been to any city like this one.

Our hotel is a mile away from the best restaurants and gelato in the city. There are also stores, chains and little boutiques surrounding the area.

The best way to see any city is to purposely make yourself lost. Go any direction you feel, explore any street and go anywhere that catches your eye. That is what I did all day today. I found a wonderful cafe to sit and people watch for a while.

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From London to Florence it amazes me the differences I have seen between each country. Public transportation for example: in London we took the tube almost everywhere. Here in Florence, they don’t have a tube; the literal layers of Italy’s history make it difficult to dig underground without disturbing something of historical importance.

It feels there is always something new to explore and five days is not enough. The best way to really discover the city is to wander the streets alone or go eat lunch by yourself and let it sink in that you’re in Italy, thousands of miles away from home. It’s an incredible rush of emotions all at once.

The closer I get to knowing I have to return home and back to reality, the more I realize all of the great memories I have made, even the small ones.

Everywhere I go, every new sight I see, I am ever so grateful that I have this opportunity. I cherish these moments that I know are helping define who I am and pointing me to become who I want to be.

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