Things about Florence/Italy that I definitely will NOT miss:
- The smell. Yeah, there are good smells like garlic and nutella waffles but, for the most part, Italy smells like dirty butt.
|Mmm. Nutella waffles...|
- Being harassed by Italian men. If you're a woman and you live in/visit Italy, expect to hear whistling and the phrase "Ciao Bella" A LOT.
- The exchange rate. When I got here is was about $1.30/€1. Now, it's almost $1.50.
- There is no such thing as a line in Italy; there are only mobs of people trying to push their way to the front.
- Dog poop everywhere.
- Cobblestones. The 400 year old stone streets lose their charm after you step in a massive puddle and trip everytime you go to the grocery store.
- Italians can be downright rude at times. And being late is basically an olympic sport here.
Things that I WILL miss:
- Gelato. Ice cream will never measure up to the fresh ingredients, creamy texture, and lower-fatness of gelato. I truly believe that you haven't really lived until you've experience Italian gelato.
- Walking everywhere. It's nice to be able to just walk to the grocery store or to school.
- The Central Market! Having copious amounts of fresh fruits, veggies, meat, cheese, and bread within walking distance of your home is the coolest thing ever.
- Sicilian blood oranges. Mmm...
- My chicken vendor at the market. He's adorable.
- Delicious, cheap artisan-quality coffee on every corner.
- The bidet in our bathroom. I know that at the beginning of the year, I said that I didn't even know how to use it and didn't see a point in it. Now, I don't know what I will do without it. Ladies, shaving your legs has never been easier.
- Amazing Chocolate!
- Fabulous window shopping. Italians know how to dress a manikin.
- The people. I've met some really amazing people here and I will miss them sorely.
- The antiquity of Italy: the architecture, the history, the art...all of it.
- The adventure that is my daily life in Europe. Every weekend is a new location. Every day is a new story to tell.
Things that I miss about the US:
- Customer service. It doesn't exist in Italy. At all.
- Free refills and tap water! You can't get either at a restaurant here and soda is hella expensive.
- Free public restrooms. In the US, you can pretty much use any public establishment's restroom free of charge. In Italy, it's hard to even FIND a public restroom.
- Good, cheap sushi, Chick-fil-A and take-out Chinese.
- Driving. Though, I will miss walking everywhere.
- Baking. I know that Stanley, my Kitchenaid mixer, has missed me just as much as I've missed him.
- The people. Most of all, I really look forward to seeing my friends and family.