Hayley is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication and Media major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.
In this week's post, Hayley walks us through her day-to-day activities on her study abroad experience.
It’s officially been ten days since I arrived in the city of Florence. During my ten first days I feel as if I have accomplished a lot. I’ve explored the city, memorized how to navigate around without getting lost, tried some of the best places to eat, and fought off a mean case of jet lag.
Even though it’s only been a little over a week, I've began to notice a cycle in my day-to-day life. Establishing a schedule has been a very good tool to manage my busy days here in Florence. Because there is so much going on in the city, every day is filled with something new and exciting. But, I found that trying to maintain a schedule definitely helps manage getting the most out of my day.
Here’s a look at what a day in my life looks like living in Florence!
Usually I try to get up around 7:30 to get an early start to my day. When I eventually get out of bed, I’ll make myself a small breakfast and have a cup of tea. Getting up early gives my time to plan out what I need to do for that day. I’ll usually write in my planner small notes such as a grocery list or small reminders. Then, I’ll quickly jot down in my journal what I did the previous day. After getting myself ready and dressed, I’ll head out of door for class.
I try to leave my apartment around 8:30 so I can stop and get a cappuccino before a day of classes. My favorite place to go is a small bar right around the corner from CAPA called La Milkeria. Depending on if the weather is hot or cold, I’ll either get an iced or hot cappuccino. My personal favorite is an iced cappuccino with hazelnut flavoring. After sitting down and talking with friends over a cappuccino, I make my way to CAPA to go to my first class of the day.
On Mondays I have Beginners Italian Language at 9:00 with professor Anna. This is one of my favorite classes because I use it every day here in Florence. Although it’s challenging, it has already taught me so much and helped me communicate with locals in my everyday life.
10:45 AM-12:30 PM
Between 10:45 and 12:30 I have a gap from my first to my last class of the day. Usually, my friend Dana and I will go to our favorite panini place in Florence called L’Antico Noe, located in Volta Di San Piero, and get a caprese panini with pesto sauce. After lunch, I usually use this time to run any errands I need to do for that week or take a walk around the Duomo.
At 12:30 on Mondays I have my second and final class of the day which is Cross Cultural Psychology with professor Runge. This class is long, but I find it very interesting because I’ve never taken a psychology course before. The professor keeps the class interesting by taking us around the city on field trips such as going to the supermarket and observing how the locals interact.
After my classes I have the rest of the day to myself! Usually my roommate Dana and I will go to a local market and grab some ingredients to make dinner for that night. If we aren't going out to dinner, we usually try to make a authentic Italian dish. I usually never cook when I’m home in America, but now it's becoming one of my favorite hobbies!
During the remainder of my day I’ll usually take a walk around the city or hangout at my apartment with my roommates. The nights usually differ depending on how much work I have for my classes. Most nights we will take a stroll around the city or go out with other students from the CAPA program.
Overall, each day in Florence has been filled with something new and exciting!
Hayley's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.