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Study Abroad

Florence Week 5

I decided not to make any travel plans for this upcoming weekend, so I got to spend some quality time in Florence this week.

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Monday began with a very long and productive photography class. We printed our first photos which took about 2 hours of learning the process, doing test prints, and creating one final photo. I'm very happy with how mine turned out. 

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We then reloaded our cameras and went out to shoot new photos. I took a self-portrait for my good friend Dylan as he stood on the ledge overlooking the river. It was a pretty funny scene. I stood up between two pillars in front of the Uffizi Gallery with a timer and his black box while he was 25 feet in front of me on the ledge. We had to expose the film for a little over 2 minutes, so we got a good number of confused looks from people as I shouted a countdown. I'm surprised nobody was concerned for his safety. 

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The next few days I had to crack down and put some more time into my work. My classes are picking up the pace; I have about 5 projects to balance right now. 

The weather was really nice and sunny, so I took advantage of breaks between classes to lay out on Piazza de' Pitti, a big plaza in front of my school outside of Palazzo Pitti (the Pitti Palace).

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My industrial design studio went really well on Thursday. A few of the Italian students had noticed my sketching and soon there was a bunch of them crowded around my desk asking for tips and to look through my sketchbook. It was a pretty nice feeling since I've been fairly quiet in the last few classes as the only one who didn't really speak Italian. I feel a lot more comfortable in that class now, which is really important for a studio class. I'm sure I'll end up asking them for plenty of CAD tips since that's what they focus on over sketching. It'll be nice to learn from each other. 

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Toward the end of the week, the weather took a sudden turn, and all of my roommates ended up getting sick, myself included. I had to spend most of Thursday and Friday in to get rid of the cold. Luckily it passed pretty quickly and I was able to walk around the city over the weekend. 

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On Saturday, it rained all day, so I parked myself in a café to make some more progress on my projects. The café had a great working environment as well as some delicious food. A guy from my high school was actually in Florence for the day, so he stopped by and we had a really nice chat about our recent travels. 

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Sunday, I had lunch with an Italian girl I met about a week ago. We decided we were going to help each other learn our respective languages. This is something I really need, since Italian class is mostly just grammar and vocab but not a lot of conversational practice. We had an interesting discussion about our different cultures. I think she'll definitely help me improve quickly! 

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I'm slowly doing a taste test of all the nocciola gelato in Florence. I don't know what I'll do without it back in the States! 

Ciao e grazie per aver letto!

 

 

Julia Ainbinder