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One of the best pieces of advice that I can give to future study abroad students is take a lot of pictures! While I don’t necessarily recommend ignoring everyone around you and snapping pictures of everything in sight, or posting your entire semester abroad on Snapchat, I do recommend taking in the sights around you and trying your best to preserve some of the memories in picture form.
I love photography to begin with so I was SO excited when I went abroad because it gave me the opportunity to practice this hobby of mine. If I went through every single photo I took while abroad, I could spend days and days talking about the stories behind each of them. Whether they be in Florence or elsewhere, and whether they be scenic pictures or #selfies, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pictures from my semester abroad that bring back some great memories and cue the nostalgia.
This picture takes me back to one of my favorite nights in Florence. My friends and I went to Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sunset, and ended up getting a mini concert as well! It was a picture-perfect night for sure.
This may be my only picture of the Duomo at night, but I love it. Though it was taken with my iPhone, it’s still amazing to me how much detail is shown and every time I look at this I still am in awe at how intricate the design of this church is.
This picture was taken in Interlaken, Switzerland and I just love how it came out. My friends and I trekked through about a foot of snow to go see this lake and it turned out we didn’t get the greatest view. However, we made the best of it and snapped a few photos anyway!
I know this isn’t the best quality photo, but I was lucky enough to get this beautiful view from my bedroom! Though I could only see the top of the dome, I still love that I got a view of the Duomo.
My one day in Venice, one of my favorite cities, was an absolutely beautiful and stress-free day. Every picture I took looks like a painting, and this was one of my favorites. I love the colors and the detail shown, and it definitely does not need any sort of filter.
This picture, cliche as it is, has to be one of my all-time favorites from the semester. It was taken on our last full day in Florence, which was essentially a day full of "lasts," so this was our last time at Piazzale Michelangelo taking in the beautiful view of our city! It's currently my desktop background and I get nostalgic every time I open up my computer.
Another perfect example of a #nofilter picture! This was taken in Capri, one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been.
While this isn’t necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing photo, this brings back SO many memories. I lived with six other girls and we became friends with a group of five guys on our program. We had “family dinners” throughout the semester, where we would all get together to cook and eat dinner together. Clearly, our kitchen wasn’t made to fit twelve people, but we made it work!
Though all of these aren’t the most scenic or best quality photos, I can without a doubt say that each and every one of them bring back some great memories from my semester abroad. I know that years from now I’ll be glad at the amount of photos I took during these four months!