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It’s HERE!!!

Today is the day!!

In precisely 21 hours I will be on a plane to Paris, which will eventually take me to Florence where I will spend the next 3.5 months living and breathing the culture. BEYOND EXCITED AND NERVOUS. The packing and stress of moving out is done and I’m SO thankful for that! That alone was going to send me over the edge. I’m crabby and unnerved because I’m not in my usual element and the anticipation of leaving my parents and friends is really setting in.  I can’t believe that it will be 6 months before I see some of my Elon friends again! Never thought I’d actually miss that place! But closing my door in DK 202 B really made me realize what a wonderful semester/winter term I’ve had. I have learned so much and have become closer to my friends that makes it so hard to leave them.

Anyways- we’ve made the journey to D.C.  and I’m just ready to get on the plane and get there already! We drove around downtown D.C. tonight and it was just so fitting to be in the Capital of my country before I leave. I felt so proud and patriotic as my parents and I drove past the Capitol and listened to Obama give his State of the Union Address. I really am proud to be an American and proud of my country- as corny as that sounds. I simply want to embrace all the culture I can before I’m immersed in another.

Well I’m off to sleep before the big day! I can’t believe it’s here–really this time it is!!

I love you all! Ciao…


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6 DAYS!!!

It’s coming SO SO SOON!

I really can’t believe it- I know I’ve said that in the last 2 notes. BUT NOW. It truly is real.

Done with class. A written final and an oral final to go. Packing up my room. Spending the last weekend with my friends. Spending the last few days in the U.S. with my parents. Packing some more. Watching the last bits of TV. Packing up my room.  THAT IS ALL I HAVE LEFT BEFORE I GO!

Just completely unreal to me and honestly getting more excited every day because I just LOVE Florence so much!! The excitement has set in and the fears are starting to leave and I’m really thankful for that. REALLY thankful.  I promise that I will try and keep everyone updated and I know I will be talking to my Mom so if anyone wants any specifics, feel free to chat with her. 🙂

I’m sad because I will miss you all so very much and will think of you all the time, I know it. And to my dear friends who were with me on my last trip, I will make more fun memories at our favorite places. 😀

Arrivederci miei amici e mia famiglia

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Well the time continues to tick away and it is now only 14 days until I leave! I seriously can’t believe that in roughly 2 weeks I will in Italy! It is truly crazy and unbelievable. I think I’m more nervous now than I have been because again- it seems more real now.  Anyways- I am leaving straight from Elon, which means all my packing and cleaning my room out has to be done before I go! YIKES! But I know that I will get it all done before I go, even studying will get done. It just is a lot to accomplish in such a short time.

I got my schedule today from the study abroad office and I have class every day from 9-12:30- all Italian language, but with a break between. That won’t be too bad because I’m taking 3 hours of language now, so that is kind of exciting! And that is all I have Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Tuesday and Thursday is different. That is when my other classes are- so I have the language classes and then I have Political Science from 1:30-3:15 and then Art History from 3:30-5:15, which will make for very long Tuesdays and Thursdays. BUT there is also plenty of time for travel and exploring the wonderful city of Firenze. 🙂

More pictures and updates to come….just thought I’d give more updates for information I have now! Oh- I can officially READ Italian now! EXCITING!

Okay well bye for now.

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24 days?!


24 days! The countdown officially begins I suppose.  It was always right there in my mind but now that it’s officially the month I’m leaving- it seems more real.

I am truly beyond excited to go because I had such a wonderful experience when I went in the summer of 2008. Seeing everything and truly experiencing Italy without my parents and with kids my own age was just wonderful.  Not that I didn’t love seeing Europe with my parents, but I think because I was older I appreciated it more.  But on that same note- I’m really nervous.  I’m nervous to be outside my comfort zone with people I don’t know, living in a foreign land for three and a half months, and not being able to talk to my Mom and Dad all the time.  It will be an adjustment but I know once I get settled I’ll love it.

With that being said, this blog will update everyone who reads about my adventures in Italy. I will try and update as often as I can so my family and friends at home can keep up with me.

With love from Elon as of now…Katie

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