My Florence Faves

Recommendations & stories about my life

Find out more about Florence. Discover the places I love the most and find the best recommendations for your trip. But also read about what it means to live abroad and how I deal with being a foreigner here, learning a new language and adapting to a new culture. Watch me stumble, fall, get up again and learn from it. And laugh about it, keep on laughing.

Street scenes

It’s a beautiful spring day in Florence. Windows wide open, sitting in the sun, coffee within reach. I’m working. Until I hear a sound. A trumpet? It sounds like a trumpet. I think to myself ‘someone must have picked up…

Exciting new steps!

It’s the 16th of February 2019 and today it has been one year, three months and a couple of days since I arrived in Florence. I eat, sleep, breathe Florence and I can sincerely say it is the biggest, most…

One Year

It’s hard to believe I’m actually writing this post. This Sunday, November 4th, I’m celebrating my one year anniversary in Florence. Needless to say the year has flown by. Here I am. Cuddled up on the couch with my cat,…

Peaks and valleys

Whoever makes it seem like moving abroad and starting a new life is just one long chain of happy moments, lives in Disneyland. I have news for you: it is not. It removes the fundaments on which you have been…

Back on track!

A little over a week into 2018 and I’m kind of back on my feet after feeling really lost for some time. Here we go again, ready to rumble! The daily structure of language classes has started again. It’s just…

Not-a-home-sick

For a few days I’ve been back in Florence now. Discovered that my Italian actually improved (or at least it feels like that) by not speaking it for a week, grabbed some decent Italian food, already went for coffee to…

No!

Maybe the one new thing I have been trying to master over the last few weeks, is saying ‘no’. No to people wanting to visit right now (sorry!), no to going to my brother’s 30th birthday party (mea culpa!), no…

Want to feel like an idiot?

For whoever thought moving abroad is easy, let me kill your dream: it. is. not. I knew it on beforehand and being here has shown it even more so. It ain’t easy, but I never expected it to be, which…

Swimming

Tonight after class I walked with a classmate to a large grocery store. We chatted in Italian (she’s Japanese), our ways parted in the store and after stocking up on cookies, licorice (Dutch will be Dutch…) and chocolate I walked…

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