Hello from Florence, Italy!
I am writing from my lovely Italian apartment that is minutes from the Duomo and the central market (where all the best produce is and the best fried veggies, they are technically from the ground Brad?). It’s starting to get chilly here but so far I have managed without a coat. I may have to give in and buy one at one of the million stores in Florence. Shopping is truly an art here.
I am studying at Studio Arts Centers International (SACI) which is study abroad school located in the center of Florence that is focused on studio arts, conservation, and art history. It has been great to devote all my energy to working on art and studying all of the amazing art and buildings throughout Florence. I am taking an art history course that has a required field trip section so I have been traveling to many cities all over Italy seeing the early renaissance masterpieces that my class is focused on.
Yesterday my ceramics class took a field trip to the Italian countryside to spend the day glazing and firing some of our pieces in a cool process called raku firing. It was awesome to get out of the city and into the fresh air. Florence is such an incredible city with so many layers and twists and turns. I hope that by the end of the semester I have seen most of the city, and can navigate without google maps. I can say that I am getting close to not using maps!
Everyone always asks about the food! IT IS SO GOOD. I have had many memorable meals but one of my favorite is pear stuffed pasta with a gorgonzola and pecorino cheese sauce. It sounds kind of odd but it is life changing. I can’t wait to bring back some of the recipes to try out during those cold winter training nights!
I miss everyone so much and I can’t wait to be dancing on deck and in the locker rooms with all of you!
Lots of love,
PS: They have “BBQ chips” here but I have been abstaining until I can get my hands on those tasty lays kettle cooked mesquite BBQ chips back in the States.