Oh hey guys! Guess where I am? In Florence! Yesterday we drove such a long time to get here. We stopped in a little town and hiked up to this town called Civite. Cetiva? Civice? I don't know. Anyway, it was this medieval town, like an island, but a mountain. I don't know if that makes sense, but the only way to get there was through a man-made bridge. The architecture was all original, and apparently only ten people live there still. It was so picturesque. It seriously reminded me of the Grand Canyon. We got lost for so long, and walked forever up and down stairs, I got so tired. But the view was totally worth it.
When we got to Florence, I was seriously underwhelmed. The part of the city we were dropped off in was dirty, and there were kind of creepy people walking around. We had to walk 1-2 miles with our luggage to get to our apartments, after a long bus ride. It was kind of disheartening. They dropped people off at their apartments and checked them in all together, and we were the last apartment to get dropped off. So we were waiting outside with our luggage for like two hours. There is a main girl's building with like five apartments of girls, then two girls that are far away. We're one of them. By the time we got to our apartment, we hadn't eaten in ten hours, had to pee, and were dirty. But our apartment is huge compared to the others, clean, and a permanent (kind of) place to live. It's not modern by any means, but kind of cool and vintagey. We have two balconies to dry our laundry on (apparently they don't exist here....SUCK), a living room (which the others don't have), a looooong hallway, and two bedrooms. Some of the apts don't have enough beds, so they have to switch off sleeping on futons. So although I hate that we're in exile and our apartment isn't that cute, there are some good things about living there. It's al about the give and take.
That night we picked our rooms, got settled, got groceries for breakfast, and tried to find a place to eat dinner. Not too eventful, but it was nice to finally get into an apartment and have personal space.