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 the  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

Love in Paris

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Day 180: February 27, 2015
First day of Paris!! We left early in the morning to catch the very first shuttle bus to Pisa. From Pisa we flew out to the Paris Beauvais airport where we then had to take another shuttle bus into the city. From the city we took the subway to our hotel. The hotel room is so cute! There is a triangular light pattern above the headboard and I love it! After we checked into our hotel we went to eat pizza for lunch and then went to the Louvre! I absolutely had an amazing time at the Louvre! So much art and the building itself is huge!! We didn’t even see everything and we spent about six hours in the museum. I would love to go back. We saw the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and many other famous works. For dinner we went to a restaurant close to our hotel, which by the way is a 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower!

Day 181: February 28, 2015
Day two in Paris! JP and I woke up super early so that we wouldn’t have to wait long in line to go up the Eiffel Tower. We were in sixth in line just after 8 a.m. It was extremely cold and windy when we got to the top of the tower but such a great view. I would have to say that the view from the top of the Duomo in Florence is much better than the view from the Eiffel Tower. JP and I shared a breatzel in the Eiffel Tower and it was so good!! We went for wings for lunch, again near our hotel and then shared an Eclair. So good!! The service at that restaurant was bad because it felt like we didn’t really exist there. We were both so tired from the morning and yesterday so we decided to take a nap before our evening adventures. After our nap we visited the Notre Dame and it was amazing! It is one of my favorite cathedrals. Since we had not eaten anything for a few hours we decided to go to a nearby coffee shop to grab some coffee and macaroons. It probably wasn’t the best idea to go to one right beside Notre Dame… six euro for a coffee and 2.75/macaroon. Expensive. Paris is expensive. After our pit-stop we went to the Pompidou museum to see some contemporary art. JP absolutely loved it! We then went to visit the Arc de Triomphe. It’s so magnificent! We ate dinner in one of the restaurants down Champs de Lyons. Little did we know that it is the most expensive street in Paris. I paid seven euro for Evian water that was less than a liter! Seven euro! Why was the water that expensive!?!? So overpriced. Aside from that it was a lovely dinner :) We didn’t get to be right under/beside the Eiffel Tower when it was glittering :( We were literally two minutes away from it. It was glittering when we saw in from the subway ride, then it was sparkling silver when we were walking towards it and when we got in front of it, it shut off. So disappointing! It was only 1 a.m. We will have to go back to Pairs one day.

Day 182: March 1, 2015
It’s our last day in Paris :( We visited the Eiffel Tower one more time and then headed back home to Florence. I’m so sad that our mini vacation has ended. I really wish we could have stayed longer. There is so much to see and do, but if we probably stayed any longer we probably would have gone broke. I did; however, have such an amazing time with such an amazing person. <3

– E

Another Week in Firenze

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Day 175: February 22, 2015
After Rome everyone was pretty exhausted and just needed a day to rest up for the week ahead. So we spent it indoors just relaxing. It’s always good to have one of those days!

Day 176: February 23, 2015
It’s the beginning of the week which means that groceries needed to be done so JP and I went to the Supermarket. Afterwards we cleaned up the flat and went to the studio so I could work on my Thesis. There really wasn’t much that happened since it’s midterm time so everyone is pretty busy working.

Day 177: February 24, 2015
I spent my day and evening working on my Thesis since we have critique tomorrow. I’m pretty nervous because my work is taking a different turn and I’m not sure if my prof will agree to it. I have sort of stopped making the film because it wasn’t going the way I envisioned it to be. It became really cheesy and not what I was picturing it to be. Some things in life don’t always go as planned but hey, at least I can say that I tried everything I could. It was worth the shot.

Day 178: February 25, 2015
Crit day. My critique was pretty rough. They looked the installation but I won’t go into detail but let’s just say I have a lot of work and reflecting to do. JP and I went to the print shop to get my handouts for my presentation printed as well as out tickets for Paris. In the evening Ethan, Arron, Jen, Stephen, JP and I went out for dinner since it’s Ethan’s last night. I can’t believe he’s already leaving. It feels like he just got here. It was nice meeting him. Ethan and Aaron are a lot alike which is interesting to see because sometimes I felt like I was talking to the same person haha. After dinner I took JP the Gilli for the first time and he had his first Italian cappuccino and loved it! If you’re ever looking for a great cappuccino in Florence you must visit Gilli. Before bed I practiced my presentation for tomorrow on Michelangelo’s David.

Day 179: February 26, 2015
I woke up super early just so I could practice my presentation one last time. I’m not the biggest fan of doing presentations. I get nervous and talk fast. Anyone else have trouble doing presentations? For lunch Nial, Maggee, JP, Elizabeth, Stephen, Kes and I went for all you can eat sushi. So good! Afterwards JP and I just ran errands to prepare for our trip to Paris!!

– E