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Monday, February 1, 2016

What to expect when you have no clue what to expect (Florence files)

Control, control, control. *deep breaths*

Over a year and a half of planning has come down to this night, tonight.

Two suitcases, one carry on, & a purse.

Laptop history? Pinterest packing guides, travel companies, & every well known travel blog to grace the earth.

3 cardigans, 4 sweaters, 2 pairs of boots.

10 dresses, 3 sandals, 2 shorts.

4 pairs of sunglasses, 2 packs of Kraft mac & cheese, 1 jar of peanut butter.

No photos or decorations. Just my future 4 months staring at me.

547 days comes down to this.

So why Florence? Why Italy?

I'll give you the answer you'll be annoyed to hear- I've ALWAYS wanted to go to Italy. It's been an all consuming thought in the back of my mind from the moment I discovered study abroad programs in high school.

I was blessed to be raised by parents that love to travel. I've been to pretty much every Caribbean island, most states that aren't square, and Canada 4 times. I've been to Europe, but I was 14 and I didn't appreciate the art or the history. I'm not saying I even will now- but at least I'll try.

Prage, Croatia, Interlaken, Ireland, Budapest, Capri, Corfu, Athens, London, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Naples, Venice, Rome, Pisa, & Milan- I can't wait to check you all off of my bucket list this semester.

I'm studying fashion marketing, international marketing, literature, italian, and wine tasting (yes that's actually a thing and yes I'm getting 3 hours of credit for it).

I won't say I'm not scared because I am.

It's ballsy to jump on a plane by yourself and go to a country you've never been to and live with people you've never met for experiences you've always dreamed of.

Dear Florence, I can't wait to meet you tomorrow at 12PM. 



  1. So excited for you Dev!! Love you, have a great time!!!

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