Firenze per Fortuna, Partenza
Travel day, or il giorno del viaggio, is upon us! After completely finishing my last bit of packing, I’ve been looking at old photos from my last trip to Italy to get myself in the right mindset. It’s hard to believe the photo of the Ponte Vecchio above was taken during my high school senior trip during spring break to Italy, over two and a half years ago. I was very different then, and I think I can safely say I’ll be going to live in Firenze now with a totally new set of eyes, a new mind, and a new heart.
We found out about a little wrinkle in our travel plans (silly me, thinking traveling day would go off without a hitch, hah). Italians are notorious for strikes, or scioperi, and the biggest labor union in Italy is proving just how notorious the country’s workers can be by planning a strike on September 6th, my day of arrival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. When I first heard this, I laughed, because of course things would happen this way, right? Long story short, just as the Italians are proving their propensity for strikes, SU Abroad proves just how prepared they can be when they need to change plans on the dime. We’ve been told that if the sciopero happens, our flight will be taking a connecting flight from Frankfurt to Nice, France, and then travel by bus to Firenze. Not too bad, and to be honest, I’d rather know this now than be told to wait for information in the Frankfurt airport. I’ll probably have a long day of travel ahead of me, but it’s a small price to pay. Myself and my flight mates will be able to bond intensely, hah, or, at least, we’ll have ample time to attempt a bonding experience. And, if we’re lucky, we could see some of the French Riviera on our ride to Firenze :)
So for the next 24-48 hours, I’ll be bustling through terminals, check-ins, baggage claims, landing strips, and tour buses, in between at least two, possibly three, countries, with about 50-60 eager college students to get to the next four months of the rest of my life. Honestly, I am very excited. I’ve loved the process of traveling ever since I was a baby, I think it’s in my blood, and I’m going to make a point to be sure that nothing and nobody brings me down—unless it’s a landing airplane.
Buon viaggio! Ci vediamo a Firenze!