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The Frenzy that Began my Life in Firenze 


Written by Cristina Pines (Cornell College), Scholar Correspondent for CET Florence, Fall 2023

As I watched crew members take away my suitcase from the airplane simply earlier than departing for Florence, I knew I used to be in for a deal with. There isn’t a manner I’m beginning my time overseas with out my bag, I believed. Certainly, that wasn’t really my bag!  

My hour-long flight from Vienna to Florence felt like a lifetime. I had been fantasizing about stepping foot in Florence for the previous six months, and the time was lastly right here. The airplane landed, and all of the sudden, my pleasure and anticipation got here to a pause— I felt relaxed. I felt at house.  

After which we obtained to baggage declare. And I used to be, in reality, not at house. And all of my house that I introduced with me was nonetheless in Vienna. 

I do know what you’re considering: Cristina, you began this weblog saying you noticed them take your bag out of the airplane. Why are you shocked? And to that, I say a lady can dream! My mother and father and I stayed within the Florence airport for 4 hours to file a misplaced bag report (a whole lot of different baggage have been additionally faraway from the flight). We have been informed the bag would possibly come within the subsequent day, the one after, or perhaps by the tip of the week. Lengthy story longer, we made it to our lodge round 10:00 pm, had a beautiful dinner, and known as it an evening. 

The subsequent day was Tuesday (sooner or later earlier than my official CET move-in), and even with out my clothes, I couldn’t wait to discover Florence with my mother and father. We walked outdoors and have been instantly greeted by the pouring rain! Half of me was upset; the opposite half had a great chuckle. In highschool, my English trainer had us learn a e book known as Easy methods to Learn Literature Like a Professor. I now view rain at ironic instances as a second of renewal or rebirth. Actually, I feel this was Florence’s manner of giving me a welcoming ceremony or was attempting to bathe me with love. And guess what? My bag got here in later that afternoon— so my barely chaotic starting was simply one other story I obtained to inform. 

I used to be too exhilarated to sleep that night time (like that feeling you had once you have been a child the night time earlier than a discipline journey). Wednesday morning rolled round, and my mother and father and I have been at CET at 9:30 am. Upon assembly all the beautiful leaders of this program, my jittery pleasure dissipated once more. I felt snug and secure (this time realizing I had all my stuff), and I knew this might be the very best 4 months of my life. 

Quick ahead to nearly three weeks later, that feeling of happiness and peace continues to be overwhelming. I wasn’t positive what to anticipate with this program, and on daily basis, I get up extra grateful than the one earlier than. Within the fall semester, the Florence program is small, creating an exquisite place to make mates each in and outdoors the classroom. It additionally permits for stronger connections between us college students and the workers. I nearly really feel like a freshman in faculty the place I’ve taken on daily basis to fulfill somebody or attempt one thing new, and I’m continuously saying sure to every thing! 

A square in Florence, Italy with many people and a carousel

This can be a photograph of the place my communication class was held final Thursday. The day was good, and that sq. by no means will get outdated. 

CET additionally has many alternatives to immerse your self within the metropolis’s tradition, each inside courses and only for enjoyable. Not even a month in, I’ve been to 2 beautiful museums, finished two strolling excursions of town, obtained samples from the Mercato Centrale, visited a vineyard, gone on a strolling gelato tour, and even explored a cave and town of Lucca with CET— with so many extra actions to return! CET creates fixed possibilities to benefit from Florence. 

I’m additionally extremely fortunate that I get to discover a lot of what CET presents with my wonderful roommates. We’ve been connected on the hip— all of us excited to take advantage of out of our time overseas. It’s been great to have such wonderful ladies by my aspect, who, though we met not too way back, I really feel like I’ve identified them endlessly. That feeling turns out to be useful each time I’m a tad homesick. Though I’m nonetheless in my honeymoon part on this lovely metropolis, generally I feel a little bit an excessive amount of a couple of Chipotle burrito bowl. I’ll say, although, these burrito bowls don’t have anything on a sandwich from Pino’s J. 

Talking of meals, a enjoyable truth about myself is I don’t know the best way to cook dinner— thanks, mother! I’m kidding; my mother is the very best cook dinner I do know. I simply by no means had the knack for locating my manner round a kitchen. Thankfully for me, as if I hadn’t already received the roommate lottery by way of personalities, these wonderful girls are all cooks. They’re educating me slowly, however my first lesson concerned me burning a grilled cheese. It seemed a little bit icky, however the crunch was incredible!  

Four CET Florence students smiling by a store in Florence, Italy on the way to class

My roommates and me on the best way to our first day of courses.

I can’t wait to share extra about my courses and experiences with you all, and hopefully I’ll be capable to throw in a few of my (improved) meal creations, too! Florence might have given me a barely rocky begin, however for any of my theater folks on the market— you recognize what they are saying a couple of dangerous gown rehearsal? It results in an awesome opening night time. And on this case, an incredible, action-packed examine overseas journey.  


A narrow street with buildings on both sides in Florence, Italy

This can be a photograph of what I get to stroll by means of on daily basis. My favourite view now and endlessly. 


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