An amazing feeling, Florence and speed trains

Ciao, it’s Carolina again.

Well, I think this week was the best one so far. During the night from Sunday to Monday something unimaginable happened in Rome that hadn’t happened in 6 years. It snowed!!!

I woke up in the middle of the night and went to the window and there it was, snowflakes falling from the sky. In that moment I felt so happy and blessed, because it was so beautiful! In my entire life, I only saw snow one time, and it was a long, long time ago. Because of the snow, almost the entire city stopped. There weren’t many public transports nor cars on the streets. There wasn’t any traffic and all the people outside were now inside. The city was empty, but it was beautiful to watch.

In that day, we all didn’t go to our internships, which was amazing by the way because we were able to just get out of the house and explore the streets of Trastevere with the snow. Besides of being cold, which was normal, we had so much fun. It was my first time touching snow and it’s an amazing feeling. I think everyone should have the opportunity to just relax and play with snow… It’s very calming. I don’t know how to describe the view, but I think the word remarkable says it  all.

In this fifth week and as always, the group worked hard in each internship. Because of the weather conditions, many public transports were still adjusting, so it was a little complicated to manage the schedules, but at the end of the week we all succeeded.

Saturday was the day our teachers arrived to Rome. They went to each apartment and talked to everyone. Later that day, me and some girls went to the opening of the store OVS close to our house, which is Italy’s leading group in the clothing market. After that we walked around a lot with the intention of finding a restaurant to have dinner all together, which we did, of course. There are a lot of great restaurants in Trastevere but we ended up in Pizzeria ai Marmi, which was very good.

On Sunday we all went on an adventure. Before 8 a.m. we and the teachers were in Termini to catch the speed train to Florence. It was also my first time in a speed train and to be honest, I think is one of the best ways to travel to places far away.

So, when we got there, there were a tour guide waiting for us. She was Italian, but also Brazilian, which helped some of us to understand better the history behind that amazing and beautiful place. After two and a half hours, it was time to say goodbye to her. She was very nice and taught us the whole history of Florence.

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The group and the teachers with the tour guide

Around 1 p.m., we were starving, so decided to have lunch in a place the tour guide suggested. Some of us went to the Mercato Centrale that is a large covered marketplace where authenticity, spontaneity and tradition play a leading role. The others, including me, went to a restaurant called Mamma Napoli. The waiter also spoke in portuguese which was very helpful because ordering food in a strange place that you don’t speak the language is very hard.

Because it was the end of the month, all the museums and churches were free, so in the afternoon we all explored a little bit. I went to the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore which is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence. After that we decided to visit two bridges, the Vecchio Bridge and the Santa Trinita Bridge. We took so many incredible pictures in there. Later in the day, me, Daniela and Beatriz Castro went to the Palazzo Vecchio that is the town hall of Florence. Close to that was the Galleria degli Uffizi, which is a prominent art museum located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence. There we saw many stuning statues made by different artits such as Giotto and Leonardo da Vinci and also observed various beautiful paintings.

I think Florence and Rome are very different. Each place has its own history and amazing landspaces. I must say that I love both places!

The mobility is almost over and as much as I want to come back to my family, I’m really sad to leave this gorgeous place. But theres’s still a week left so let’s not think about that now.

By Carolina Luis, Portugal

 

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