It seems like it’s been ages since I’ve seen all of your lovely faces but also feels like I was at usc just seconds ago. Abroad has flown by and I am not ready to accept the fact that is more than halfway over. My experiences so far have been nothing short of extraordinary. I started out my journey with a trip to London and Paris before reaching my home city of Florence. Starting abroad out with a vacation makes this whole experience feel like one. Since being here I’ve got the chance to travel to many different countries and cities and be forced outside my comfort zone. For example yesterday we went zip lining through the mountains of Croatia on a whim. I’d have to say my favorite trips are ones where I get to meet up with other brothers and experience their cities (special shout out to jordan for showing me the very warm Seville just when I needed sun in my life). However, the most legendary trip of all was when almost all the brothers abroad( with special appearances from Joe and Kat) were able to meet up and celebrate St. Pats in Dublin! It was the most incredible experience and it genuinely felt like a piece of home was with me there in Ireland.
Each and every city has been a dream there is something unique and special to all of them. I’ve learned something about myself on every trip. But, there’s nothing like home and I’m forever grateful mine is Florence. The people I’ve met, the sites I walk by on a daily basis, and of course the FOOD. Seriously if you ever find yourself in Florence feel free to @me for some food recommendations. I have an extensive list as well as a gelato rating based on a preference matrix. It’s not just the food that blows me away but the people that make it. We’ve made best friends with the boys at the panini shop and the girls at bakery close to home. The locals are are always willing to help me with my attempts at Italian.
I don’t know how I’m ever going to transition back to regular diet or if I ever will. But for now I just admire the views and eat gelato at least once a day( that’s not an exaggeration you can ask my roommate or my bank account). I miss Italy and am still here. But all I can say is this experience will impact every part of who I am and I hope each and everyone of you gets the chance to go somewhere out of your comfort zone and learn how to make it your home. I know you are all doing amazing things and I can’t wait to come back and see your growth. Miss you endlessly hope you’re having a great semester!!
P.S. seniors please feel free to not graduate I already miss you too much!
Ciao for now,
SOU Bros Abroad
This blog serves to highlight the experiences and tips that Brothers studying abroad have.