Although I have been meaning to do this for the longest time, I have finally found enough time to fully reflect on my journey abroad this past semester. It’s been a hectic few weeks since I’ve been back, but now let me summarize my trips abroad.

Weekend 1: Trip to Florence

Going to Europe, even at the OU study center in Arezzo, I hardly knew any of the 60 people on the program. However, you will make friends quickly. It was on the layover on the way to Italy that I met Emily, Emily #2 and Trace. Anyway, the three of us decided to start small and go to Florence for our first week in Europe. This was my favorite group to travel with cause we were totally obnoxious and I’m fairly certain Italians hated us cause we were so loud. Although we didn’t do the super touristy things like see the David of Michelangelo or climb the Duomo, we relaxed and explored Florence.

The evening we arrived, we decided to hike to the top of Piazza San Michelangelo to see the most beautiful sunset in Italy and probably one the most beautiful sceneries I had seen in all of my travels in Europe. Locals and tourists flocked to this location for the magical and relaxed ambiance it portrayed.

After traveling through Spain, Portugal and England, and seeing hundreds of churches, the Duomo of Florence was one of my all time favorites because of it’s beautiful exterior. Although the interior didn’t quite match the outside, it still housed some of the most important artwork and frescoes in art history. Another museum/church I highly recommend is the Basilica of Santa Croce. It is filled with beautiful frescoes and holds the burial sites for some of the most famous people from Italy – Galileo, Dante Alighieri, Machiavelli, and Michelangelo.

This trip was the perfect kick starter for an amazing semester.