Thursday, 10:00 pm
Going with the ever-popular ‘dump pics and run’ today, as I’ve get a test tomorrow morning and I need to study. However, for anyone whose life I have just devastated, I also happen to know that I have tomorrow afternoon off, so just a couple hours more and then I can start spouting off at the metaphorical mouth. Which I want very badly to do, and actually I pre-apologize for the spoutiness as well.
What we’ve got right now is not one but TWO pictures, whoa boy. In the first, we’re looking out from the steps of the medieval church of San Miniato, which stands on a hill just outside of Florence proper. Today was actually my first time going over to the Oltrano (the far side of the Arno river, aka the kinda-outside-Florence part where San Miniato is), and the entire area is really hilly and gives you a great view from everywhere — so we climbed those steps, turned around, and there was the city laid out under us. The second picture is a zoomed-in look at the heart of Florence, including the famous Duomo (that cathedral with the largest of the visible domes); the Linguaviva school where we have classes is actually just a couple blocks away from that monster.
I think part of the reason I like Florence so much is that it’s the first place I’ve been where it’s actually easy to keep a map in my head — I can usually be relied upon to get very firmly/constantly/instantly lost, so this not getting lost is kind of a revelation. But I guess it was almost inevitable; the city’s got so many unique things so crammed together that you’ve always got a landmark to use, plus every street and piazza is labeled…gah, it’s just so very logical that it makes me want to stand up and happy dance.
Like so: (*|o/ \o/ ~o/* tadaaaa.)
Now I’m going to slap myself on the wrist and go study, so…tomorrow. ❤