Moving to Florence pt.1

31 days and I will be in Italy.

I can’t believe after months of build up in my head and wondering will I move that I find myself a month away from everything. It seemed so distant when I booked the flights which, I think, was 7 months ago. Now it is a month away, I just can’t grasp the concept of how quickly time flew. I clearly don’t understand how time works…

For someone who lived in Dublin for five years and then home for two, I feel utterly unprepared. Some part of me would say terrified but, then there is the other half of me who is so excited. I want to wander the Florentine streets, to sit in a cafe on the side of the road and eat a cornetto (not that ice cream but the croissaint variety), I want to speak Italian fluently (which I am very far from), I want to have weekend trips to Cinque Terre and Rome and Sorrento. (Although, I need to find an apartment first…and a job to fund my imaginary lavish lifestyle). Every time I get into my head about moving I think of all the people who have done, are doing, and will continue to do before and after me. I think it will be the hardest thing I have done, potentially ever but I will do it.

Everyone keeps asking how long am I staying for and each time I reply “Don’t hold your breath, I could be back in a week”. The reality is I am defnintely staying for at least a month, if I hate it I will move again but I couldn’t imagine hating it. It is Tuscany!

So to take the negativity out of my mindset, I am going to write goals that I would like to achieve before leaving Florence.

  • See il Duomo in person + take a photo like the cringey turista that I am
  • See Boboli Gardens and wander around
  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio
  • Eat pasta & pizza finished with gelato
  • Send postcards (“I am actually here!”)
  • Piazzale Michelangelo + take a panoramic
  • Have a Lush bath in my hotel for the first night
  • Eat a croissaint in the sun with a hot drink

A short list but, definitely a start. I have realised it is okay to be terrified but as long as that is coupled with excitement you are unstoppable.

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