Ciao (hello!) from Florence, friends!
It’s about time I checked in with you all! Last week I totally went MIA from the blog and social media because things were sooooo hectic tying loose ends up at work, celebrating our (me + Ryan) wedding anniversary, BOTH of our birthdays, and getting ready for this trip!!! Seriously, it’s all a blur and I’m just thankful I got here in one piece!
So what am I doing in Italy??? Well, a few months ago, I was approached by some coworkers at Mizzou who wanted to know if I was interested in training to be a faculty “chaperone” for a study abroad trip to Italy. The trip is for students in the nutrition and health sciences department who want to get an in-depth learning experiences focused on the Mediterranean diet, health and fitness in the Mediterranean, and studying cooking, wine and culture in Italy. How could I say no??? Considering the amazing time Ryan and had when we visited two years ago and my love for all things Italian and food, I figured it was an opportunity I could not pass up!
I’ll be here in Florence for three weeks while the students attend classes at a local Italian arts school. We will be doing day trips throughout our stay and, of course, getting to know Florence and all its wonderful sights, sounds, tastes, and smells. I’m so excited to “live like a local” for three weeks in my own apartment, shop at the market for food each day, and just take it all in. My hope is that I can use the blog as a travel diary of sorts and keep you updated on all things Florentine – restaurants, cooking like a local, sightseeing, and more! I hope you will follow along and let me know what you think!
And, of course, if you have any recommendations for things to do/see/eat in Florences while I am here, please let me know!
If you are traveling to Europe anytime soon, be sure to see my posts on saving, packing, and things to do in Rome, Florence, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. Stay tuned for more this week from Italy – ciao!