the countdown has begun

This past Sunday marked the start of my three-month countdown until studying abroad in Italy! I leave on January 7th. I can not believe in three short months I will be flying half way across the world, making Italy my new home for almost half a year. The thought is so exciting, yet terrifying at the same time.

I have always dreamed of traveling. One of my best friends, Olivia, and I would always talk about how one day we would live in Paris and own our own cafe. We even planned to call it “Alyssa Deann” after our middle names. I always imagined riding a vespa around Rome, like the Olsen twins in When in Rome, and tossing a coin in the trevi fountain, just like Hilary in the Lizzie McGuire Movie. Watching these movies growing up always made me more determined to one day turn those fairytale moments into reality. I am scared to death, but there is no going back now! I am so happy that I am pushing myself to be fearless. I think Tay Swift would be proud!

As the countdown continues, I created a bucket list of the things that I want to make absolute sure I do while I am in Europe. I am so excited to see what I get to cross off the list!


2 responses to “the countdown has begun

  1. Great list! I had a similar one when I studied in Italy 10 years ago. The only one I’d reconsider is the Vespa in Rome. I attempted to drive a Smart Car in Rome and it was almost disastrous! The streets of Florence and Sienna are a little more civilized. :)

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