I had my first day of Fashion Photography class today. It’s waaaay more advanced then I thought it would be so it’s definitly going to be a challenging course, but I’m still going to love it. We went out for a test shoot in Piazza Santa Croce which is just down the street from my classroom. We had to test different F Stops and aperatures and speeds. I learned more about my camera today then I have in the 3 years that I’ve had it.
So basically we walked around being paparazzi for an hour…here are some of my favorite shots from today:
Oops, he noticed!
A new friend I made
Ope! Ran into Lexx in the City on the way out of class
Although she didnt include me in her blog about Fashion Photography, here’s a pic of Julie. She’s in my class. Hi Julie.
- My pants kinda rocked today
I think Julie actually took this when she borrowed my camera but whataiiiirrr, I luhhh this
- so strong
stripes & leather
oh how cute
…aaaaand she noticed
The food here.
Oh lord, the food here.
I finally started to work off my freshman 15 and now I’m tempted with the smell of amazing italian food everywhere i go every single day. Shoooot
After a honey moon period of consuming carbo-loaded meals every day this week, I stepped on the breaks a bit this weekend. I excercised alot and started eating less carbs and more veggies & protein. I’m making it a priority to not let myself go over here! I havn’t gotten a chance to check out the FUA gym yet because they have kind of weird hours but I’m definitly going to be hitting that up daily. I’m not trying to show up to softball in January out of shape!!
This weekend I worked off some pizza, pasta and gelato and explored Firenze at the same time. On Saturday we first took a walk to the produce market and stocked up on fruits, veggies & eggs. Then we went hiking up to Piazzale Michelangelo. The piazza is elevated to provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the beautiful city of Florence! Of course, I lugged my Canon with me to get some pictures of the journey:
Saturday night was lengend-waitforit-dary. We wanted to experience how italians “go out” so we went out with some Florence natives we know. We went to SPACE, the club Jersey Shore frequently hit up when they filmed in Florence. We normally wouldn’t have chose to follow in the footsteps of Snooki & J.Woww, but our friends are VIP there so hey, why not! We got that ~*ViP tR3AtMenT*~ aka didnt have to pay a dime the whole night and got to chill in a seperate glass room above everyone….watching over all the funny drunken people below us. Swag.
After a long night/morning out, I woke up on Sunday and made a tomato and mozz sandwich on a croissant with the fresh ingrediants I had bought at the farmers market. After that I laced my keys into my sneakers and went for a run down the Arno river which is located just a block away from my apartment. I ran all the way down to the Ponte Della Vittoria and then back through the city. It was probably a bad idea to run back through the city because cars and motorcycles drive so fast and unpredictable around here. I also got made fun of/mocked by an obnoxious tourist. It’s so weird because when I run in Boston no one acknowledges me because there are so many runners around….but here in Florence it seems that no one works out. It’s confusing….They live on a diet of carbs carbs and carbs- yet I passed just one jogger on my run! ONE! In Boston I pass about 50 per mile! So strange.
Well, anyways- I ran around sunset so i had a gorgeous view of the Arno as I ran:
Aaaand thats the story of my first weekend in Florence!
Last night a group of us ventured to the other side of the Arno River in search of a delicious meal. We got that….plus more, at Pizzeria Dante’s. The food was incredible. However, one of the main reasons we loved Dante’s so much? Three words: FREE UNLIMITED WINE.
The owner (Dante himself) came out as we were getting our food and told us, “After dinner you get free shots of Limoncello with me”. We thought he was kidding….he wasnt. He also brought free t-shirts out to us at the end of our meal. So with all this free stuff you would think it would be way overpriced,right? Not the case. When Dante brought the check out to us he had us all guess the price. “You guess the price exact, I give you free meal.” …..I guessed 70 euros.
70 euros on the dot, HELLO FREE MEAL.
So now let’s move on to the good part…..my meal. I had a delicious Quattro Stagioni pizza. Quattro Stagioni translates to “Four Seasons.” The Quattro Stagioni pizza is topped with mushrooms, olives, and artichokes, and procciutto. Because I live the veglyfe, I ordered mine sans procciutto. Let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS.
We’ve already declared Pizzeria Dante as our Friday night dinner spot. I would highly reccomend this restaurant to any study abroad student in or visiting Florence.
For the next four months I’ll be living in the beautiful Piazza della Signoria. This piazza in the center of Florence is known as the political hub of the city because it is home to the city hall (which is actually a beautiful palace called Palazzo Vecchio) and also home to several famous statues and statue copies such as David & The Fountain of Neptune.
I live above two pizzerias so all the rooms in my building are filled with the smell of pizza and pasta 24/7. YEAH.
The people here are unbelievably friendly. As soon as we leave our door, all of the waiters at the restaurants around us yell “Ciao neighbors, Buongiorrno!” In our Boston apartment we never met any of our neighbors and we were there for a whole year…….
I have literally so much to blog about but sooooo little time. Eventually I’l get used to blogging more often but for now I’ll just post some pictures!
Ever since I could remember I’ve wanted to travel to Italy. The culture, food, fashion-everything about it has just always fascinated me. In middle school I went to a summer camp that taught me about the Italian culture, cooking and language (yup…nerdy, i know). In high school I struggled through three years of Italian. One of my main descisions for picking Suffolk University was that it gave me a great opportunity to study abroad. And now finally, in exactly one week I will be arriving in the land of pasta, Prada, and Pinot. Hey Italy, im coming for youuuuuuuu!
Okay so about this blog…….I don’t want to be annoying like “hey hey look at me, im cultured and what not” but I do want a place to post about my life abroad, to share my experiences with friends & family and utimately use this as sort of an online scrapback to share with my grandkids someday. I’m obviously going to be instagramming and tweeting and facebooking and and and… but here’s a place that organizes all of that. Also, I pinky promise the posts will get waaaay more interesting than this. This is just the cliche “hey, i made a blog” intro.