. To everyone else that I I spent time with on this trip: Tori, Austin, Andrea, Cristina, Brooke, little Tori, Ashley, Jen, Amanda, Anna, Steve, Steven, Karalyn...you all are great and we better be hanging out all the time in Gainesville. Definitely will have to have some reunions where we watch the Jersey Shore. To my Mom and Dad, Grandma and Papa, Grandmama and Granddad- thank you for all of your support and care. It wouldn't have been possible without all of you and I am so thankful that each and every one of you is in my life. And thank you to all of my family and friends who have thought about me during my time abroad and prayed for my safe travels- love you all and can't wait to see you.
I will never forget Italy and all the places I visited- Florence, Cingue Terre, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Sorrento, Venice, Bologna, Roma- and all the things I have seen and the delicious food that I ate. I know that one day I will return and get to enjoy it all again, and relive the wonderful memories of Study Abroad 2011.
As I sit at my kitchen table in sunny (and humid) Jacksonville, after just sleeping for 15 hours, it's tough to not start to miss the places and the people I have been fortunate enough to be around for the past 30 days. Studying abroad has without a doubt been the best experience of my life. I have gained a much better appreciation for my own culture and the cultures of others. I have seen some of the most beautiful places in the world and gained memories that I will never forget. I have met and grown closer to some pretty amazing people. Shoutout to Ali- my beautiful roommate- I will miss our delirious 1 a.m. blog postings and mutual penny-pinching ways. I hope you are enjoying a nice big salad right now with a side of sushi. Liz- thanks for being one of my best friends for 4 years now and for being so much fun in Italy. Can't wait to talk about our trip in front of all of our friends and make them annoyed..just kidding. Sarah- I will miss seeing you everyday and the rest of the Ghibellina gals...we gotta keep it alive at UF