Contributing Writer: Alyssa Gregory
Living in a foreign country for months on end comes with its own set of problems, ones that aren’t always experienced when just visiting for a short time. Three-fourths of the time though it is these “problems” that make the experience of living abroad great. For me, these “problems” have been some of the highlights of my trip. They remind me that there are “problems” everywhere but some places’ “problems” are just a tad bit more fun, especially Florence’s.
1. The take away pizza box is bigger than your front door.
2. Netflix isn’t a thing here, which means neither is Netflix binging, so you have to go out and actually do things.
3. It is so hot you sweat off all your makeup before anyone gets to see it.
4. They won’t let you lick the chocolate wall at Venchi’s.
5. Eating dinner takes as long as half a day of work.
6. You can’t eavesdrop on people’s conversations because you don’t understand enough Italian.
7. Anytime you walk by a monument you risk the chance of being beheaded by a selfie stick.
8. You have to play the guessing game at the grocery or risk using all your limited data trying to figure out which of the meats is ham.
9. You’re getting kissed more by mosquitos than Italian guys.
10. Time is an abstract thing. So, meeting times are always up for personal interpretation. AKA you’re never considered late in Florence.
11. You can’t seem to get it through to the guy selling roses that you’re traveling solo and don’t want to buy a rose for yourself.
12. Having to press the google translate button (found at the top in the search bar) every time you visit a website.
I’d love to know your biggest Florence “problem”! Share below!