This past weekend was another for the books. Instead of jetting off to a new location, the group decided to stay in Florence (with the exception of a day trip to Pisa) in order to get to know our new home even further.
With no classes on Friday, a group of ten of my newly formed friends decided to plan a day trip to Bologna. We dragged ourselves out of bed early Friday morning and met at the train station to purchase our tickets. Unfortunately, we quickly realized that Bologna was a little more pricey that we budgeted for. After some deliberation, half of the group decided to buy a cheap train ticket to Pisa and the other half spent the day in Florence visiting the Gucci Museum.
A quick 45 minute train ride lead us right to the heart of Pisa. I must admit, I thought the Leaning Tower of Pisa would smack me straight in the face the moment we stepped out of the train station. Instead, we had to meander around the city for awhile in order to find it. It was interesting to note the similarities and differences between the Florence and Pisa; for example, Pisa is a lot quieter and smaller than Florence. I especially enjoyed the lack of cars zooming through the streets of Pisa, because in Florence, I risk my life every time I cross the street. Although different, both cities were equally beautiful. After a nice lunch filled with delicious food and stimulating conversation, the five of us girls finally stumbled upon the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tower was not as big as I was expecting, only eight stories, but it was DEFINITELY leaning. What I wasn't expecting, was the beauty of the buildings surrounding the tower. The largest baptistery in Italy was right before my eyes and it was absolutely stunning! By far, the highlight of my day was observing the dozens of people around me trying to perfect their picture with the leaning tower. Quickly, my group joined in and snapped our own versions. Most of them turned out completely ridiculous (as seen above).