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Italy: The most surreal place

My flatmates and I looked up flights to Italy and we found some cheap flights to Milan! We all couldn’t say no so we booked them! We started off in Milan and quickly found a place to get some pizza! I think I ate more pasta and pizza than I ever have over the weekend. The second day we took a trip to Verona. Verona was very much like what I pictured Italy to be like. The architecture of the buildings was exactly what I pictured. Verona was so beautiful and it really felt like spring time! We had a funny encounter with choosing a restaurant for lunch! My friend looked up places to go and she found a cheap place for us to go. Well we walked up to the restaurant and looked at the menu outside. To our surprise there was horse and rabbit meat being served!After a few laughs we ended up choosing a different restaurant! That was one of the most culture shock things that I experienced with abroad! We climbed to the top of a tower where we could see the whole city. Overlooking Verona was one of the most surreal experiences of my life! Italy is seen as this dream destination and it was so surreal to actually be there. I honestly felt so free in that moment. I felt like I had overcome so much this semester and being in Italy made me realize how vast the world really is. It’s so much more than just picture;physically being there changed my view of the world.¬† verona Overview of Verona

The next day we went to Pisa. I really enjoyed Pisa! I would highly recommend it to anybody. The only thing is that basically the only ¬†activity to do is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Even though I loved the Tower, spending several days in Pisa would’ve been too much. One of my favorite moments on the trip was taking a nap in front of the Tower for two hours. The grass in front of the Tower is called”The Field of Miracles” which my flatmates and I then called the nap we had “the nap of miracles”. Relaxing in front of the Tower was really amazing! It was incredible being at one of the seven wonders of the world! Pictures really don’t do it justice! It’s such an amazing experience. I didn’t even feel like I was actually there! I don’t think I realized it until after we left how amazing the Tower was!¬† pisa Leaning Tower of Pisa

Our last day we spent in Milan. Although Milan felt like Italy, it had the vibe of any big city. It could have been anywhere in the world, it just happened to be in Italy. I think for the right type of person Milan would have been great but, I’m not a very big city person so it wasn’t really my cup of tea. There was a lot going on and I would prefer and more relaxed cities. I also think if I had unlimited money for clothes I would really love Milan! Most of my time spent there was window shopping but I would have loved to buy an entirely new wardrobe!

Overall, Italy was amazing and I would recommend it to anybody! It was such a great place! It really was amazing being there. I still have to remind myself that I was actually in Italy. It was so surreal and I surprise myself that I was really there! Traveling in Europe is relatively easy and I think that every study abroad student should explore surrounding countries as well as their own!

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