A Special Week in Florence by Sydney Kysar

Studying in a different country is a great experience of its own. Living in Florence means having the opportunity to see beautiful scenery every step you take. It means spontaneity. Here days are an adventure, from weekend trips to a different country to just watching the sunset over the Ponte Vecchio. Here is an example of an extraordinary week that one of our FFE students had in April. What are you waiting for? Florence is waiting for you.   IMG_1897.jpg

A few weeks ago, I spontaneously decided to go to a slam poetry event with two of my friends.  We set out on a short trek through the cobblestone streets of Florence to find this tiny bar filled ceiling to floor with plants and antique furniture. We sat in comfy couches and listened to songs and poems written by tourists and native Italians alike.  During a coffee break, I impulsively decided that I wanted to read.  I stood in front of so many people, rambling with alliteration and syntax and wondering the entire time why I went up there. But surprisingly, everyone loved it.  And I realized at that moment how bizarre my freshman year in Italy truly was. I started to realize that, “Hey, I do a lot of things that most teenagers don’t ever do”.


The day after the poetry event, my art was displayed in the Galleria dell’Accademia for ART Clash 2018. I still can’t believe my artwork was displayed in the same place that houses Michelangelo’s David.  Studying here has opened me up to so many new opportunities that I never thought were possible. Not even a day after the exhibit, I found myself modeling for an Italian Boutique called Essere.  It’s a small shop right next to Santa Croce that is really good about hiring interns to help with advertising and maintaining their social media platforms.


As my adventure in Florence is coming to a close, it is important to reflect on all of the amazing things I have been able to do this year.  I have learned a lot and done amazing things. I’ll miss you Italy, but I will definitely be back soon.


By Sydney Kysar.



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