In Denial

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Day 211: March 30, 2015
I finally finished my Thesis paper!! Yay! After we had our meeting in regards to Grad Ex and the end of the year show, Alesha, Montina, Meg, Nicola, Aaron, Amy and I went to Hops to grab some beers. I also ate wings and fries – yummy! I wasn’t able to work on my video because I was dealing with Grad Ex stuff plus I was exhausted from working on my Thesis paper.

Day 212: March 31, 2015
I spent the day and evening dealing with Grad Ex stuff and working on my video.

Day 213: April 1, 2015
Registration for summer school was painful because it took a lot longer than it needed to. I don’t understand why OCAD University decided to change their system close to registration date. It doesn’t make sense to me. There were so many technical problems and a lot of students were very upset, including myself, because it took up a lot of time from their day. I tried to study for my Art History exam, which is tomorrow but I was absolutely drained. I think it was a mix of itis from eating Paninis with Elizabeth and lack of sleep from the previous week.

Day 214: April 2, 2015
The Art History exam was not as bad as I thought it would be. I’m glad it’s over, but at the same time I’m not because there is no more Art History classes in Florence for me. I have officially completed all the Art History courses I need for my undergrad. In the afternoon Jen, Aaron and I went to Lory’s and Gusta Pizza. When we got back to the studio I passed out on the couch. The exhaustion continues, but the nap did help because I managed to work on my video.

Day 215: April 3, 2015
Last day to work in the studio. Elizabeth and I were the very last ones to work in there and boy, did we ever work. I don’t think I have ever worked as hard as I did this entire school year! It was all worth it. I still can’t believe it’s all coming to an end. I’m in denial.

Day 216: April 4, 2015
We had our individual studio clean ups and just relaxed for the rest of the day because it was raining. It’s so sad seeing the studio so empty :( Pathetic Fallacy at its finest.

Day 217: April 5, 2015
Team Venezia adventured out to the Duomo for Easter. Bouna Pasqua! It was such an amazing sight to see. There were people dressed up in costumes, live music and a ton of fireworks! The mass was in Italian, of course, but beautiful. I’m so glad we decided to go today because I don’t think anything would really compare… maybe Christmas.

– E

Not Much Time Left

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Day 204: March 23, 2015
I spent my entire afternoon taking photographs of my classmates’ artwork for the catalogue. I did not expect it to take up so much time so it set my schedule off. It was our last movie night – yay! After the movie, Team Venezia went to Forina’s to grab pizza. It was so nice spending time all together again because it really has been awhile since we have done so with just us five. It made me very nostalgic, but that’s just normal for me. I can’t believe how fast time is going! I wish it would slow down. When we came back from dinner I spent the rest of my evening fishing my Art History Journal Assignment.

Day 205: March 24, 2015
There was nothing too exciting that happened today because I spent it working on my video for my Thesis. Day 206: March 25, 2015 I am so happy that I finished my video and my installation this evening! Everything is good to go for critique tomorrow; however, it is not ready for the final critique as there are touch-ups that will need to be made.

Day 207: March 26, 2015
Way Back Wednesday calls for 80s night at Red Garter! It was such a fun night dancing with my friends, Amy, Alesha, Aaron, Maggee, Elizabeth, Montina and Kes :) I honestly rarely go out so it was a nice change.ย  Aside from the night festivities, we had our final art history class. So sad, but critique went really well in the afternoon! I am really happy about that and am excited to work more on it.

Day 208: March 27, 2015
It was really difficult to work on my Thesis because there were so many interruptions in regards to Grad Ex. I am the rep in Florence so there was a lot of things to take care of and organized, but hey it’s fun :P. In the early afternoon Crystal and I went to an art exhibition and we were very disappointed. I won’t go into detail because I really don’t want to bring out the negative thoughts.

Day 209: March 28, 2015
It was such a beautiful day out! 20 degrees!! I helped Alesha film her ritual for her Thesis and I’ve noticed that the more I film, the more I enjoy it. Sometimes I question if I went into the wrong field, but there is always a chance to go back to school to study film if I wanted. I also did laundry, painted my nails and cleaned my room.

Day 210: March 29, 2015
I worked out and worked on my Thesis so, again nothing out of the ordinary haha.

– E

Soaking It All In

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Day 197: March 16, 2015
I spent my day working on my outline for my Thesis paper and finally finished it. In the evening I worked on another vlog.

Day 198: March 17, 2015
Today was kind of a ride off because I just spent most of it relaxing. In the evening at around 6:30 we had artist, Diane Pugen talk to us about her practice. Afterwards, Aaron, Maggee, Jen and I went to Hops to grab some beer and food to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Day 199: March 18, 2015
Just after noon we had two visiting artists come in and talk to us: Jonathan Carroll and Steven Music. At 6pm we went to Art Clash to support Aaron, Elizabeth and Kayla as well as see other others by other students from different universities. It was interesting to see how different their work is in a sense that it felt like that they were students who go to art schools because they can… most of the works that we saw were things that we have already seen. Nothing stuck out to us. It was very disappointing.

Day 200: March 19, 2015
As usual, Art History early Thursday morning. We visited the Medici Chapel – New Sacristy, Palatina gallery and Pitti Palace. Afterwards a group of us went to grab pizza at Gusta Pizza for lunch and sat out in the sun :D. Such a beautiful day! Jen, Alesha, Aaron and I had some gelato and laid in the sun until Lory’s re-opened. Such a wonderful time just soaking up the sun and enjoying the weather.

Day 201: March 20, 2015
I didn’t get to do everything that I planned to but I did enjoy my time at the park with Jen, Alesha, Alex, Meg, Kes and Amy. We watched the sun set… so beautiful! It made me feel a lot better because before Jen and I went to meet up with everyone, we went to TIM to see if we could buy an external harddrive, but unfortunatley they didn’t have any. They only carry USB sticks. I was frustrated because I really need an external hard drive and I was told by one of the workers that there are none in the center. I had no choice but to by a 16GB USB stick for 25 euros! 25 euros!!! So expensive!! Back home, it only costs $10. Anyways, it is still being put to use.

Day 202: March 21, 2015
Swept and mopped the floors like usual haha. I spent my day and evening working on my video for Thesis and it’s still not down. It takes a lot more time than it usually does.

Day 203: March 22, 2015
At 2pm Jen, Alesha and I met up with Kes and Nicola to sketch some statues at Piazza Della Signoria for our Art History assignment. It was really nice to get out and relax by drawing. It was chilly though, especially in the shade. After we were all done, we went to Gilli to grab cappuccinos. So delicious!

– E

It’s Getting Closer To The End

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Day 190: March 9, 2015
I spent my day and evening working on my Thesis. There wasn’t much excitement to be honest and there probably won’t be too much in the next few weeks since the term is coming to an end :(

Day 191: March 10, 2015
We had a Thesis workshop this afternoon and it was really helpful so I’m glad Catherine arranged that for the class. Afterwards, Alesha and I went to Tiger to buy headphones since she lost hers and mine are broken. Of course we buy the same pair – pink. In the evening was our second last movie night.

Day 192: March 11, 2015
I went to the studio early to work on my Thesis since we were supposed to have critiques today. They are postponed because Catherine got food poisoning. I worked on my Paris vlog and later helped Alesha film for her Thesis. The evening ended on a high note because I got Gusta pizza!

Day 193: March 12, 2015
We had our crits at noon and it was all very helpful. I’m feeling much more confident with my work and am looking forward to working on it more. I went to Tiger again because Catherine told me to get a mouse – carpal tunnel is a possibility for me since I’m working a lot on my laptop… yikes! When I got back to the studio I continued to my Paris vlog and worked more on my Thesis.

Day 194: March 13, 2015
Mid afternoon Jen and I went to Erin’s to finish making our books. I’m so happy we finished because they turned out so great! Jen and I were so excited to get Gusta pizza but it wasn’t open by the time we finished making our books so instead we just went home and cooked dinner. I made curry sauce for my pasta and it was gross!

Day 195: March 14, 2015
I finally finished my Paris vlog and Colosseum drawing! Yay! It feels great to get things done :D

Day 196: March 15, 2015
I started my outline for my Final Thesis Research Paper but didn’t end up finishing. Jen, Alesha and I went to Conad to pick up wine and Jen and I made Risotto for this evening’s Ides of March party. The party was supper fun! We ate lots of delicious food with our classmates and Catherine, had some great entertainment and danced the night away! I’m really going to miss my Florence Family. <3

– E

His Last Week in Florence

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Day 183: March 2, 2015
It was a pretty predictable Monday – worked on Thesis, lecture and boring movie. Even JP felt that the movie was boring. Afterwards JP and I went to Hops to grab wings and a drink, which was the best part of the day. The wings are good!

Day 184: March 3, 2015
I full date day with JP! I took JP to the Uffizi, Baptistery, Bell Tower and Duomo. That was my third time going to the Uffizi and I didn’t enjoy it this time around. The reason for this is because the Louvre is SO much better! JP wasn’t a fan of the Uffizi. He did enjoy going to theย  Baptistery, Bell Tower and Duomo! Lots of stairs haha. Since we couldn’t lock our love on the bridge in Paris we decided to be unique and lock it at the top of the Duomo <3 :).

Day 185: March 4, 2015
I spent the entire day and evening studying for tomorrow’s Art History midterm. JP had a relaxing day – shopping for souvenirs and watching movies. I wish I could have spent time with him instead of studying :(

Day 186: March 5, 2015
I woke up early to do more studying for the midterm. It was not a good exam… it was nothing like the past two we had. I had told JP that we would be going to the Medici Chapel after our exam, but both of us didn’t know that it would be cancelled because the exam ran longer so we went there waiting for the class. Afterwards he met me at the studio and we went to grab sushi! In the evening we went to Il Bisonte and Base to see some art. There was no gallery show at Il Bisonte so one of the workers just talked to us instead and the speaker for Base was late. JP and I just ended up going to Gusta Pizza for dinner. We then went on the merry-go-round in Piazza di Pepubblica. We were the only ones on it haha! After we went to grab Venchi gelato with Jen, Alesha, Michael and Aaron and rub the bore’s nose and drop a coin. Jen and I got the coin in after the first try and Alesha tried four times and it still didn’t go in. Looks like she isn’t coming back to Florence.

Day 187: March 6, 2015
JP left at around 4:00 a.m. It was so sad saying bye to him. Before he left he played Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran and we slow danced and I couldn’t help but burst into tears while we were dancing. It has been the most amazing three weeks with him. I am so happy that he came to visit me. It really showed just home much he loves me. It’s going to be so weird without him around. As cheesy as this is about to sound, it felt like a part of me left Europe. Later in the early morning my classmates and I went to Assisi and Perugia with our profs. Assisi is much like San Gimignano and Perugia has so great chocolate. It was so cold in both places!

Day 188: March 7, 2015
Jen, Alesha and I felt pretty exhausted from yesterday’s field trip so we decided to take it easy today. I worked on my Rome vlog and then Alesha and I went to Kiko while Jen went to the studio.

Day 189: March 8, 2015
Sunday is meant for chores in our household. I swept and mopped as usual and did groceries. Jen, Alesha, Amy and I spent the rest of the day booking flights to Sicily and Dublin! Jen and I were going to go to London too but it was too expensive. I was pretty sad about that because London was one of the top places I promised myself I would visit while being in this program. I’ll be back to Europe and I will go to London one day!

– E