When a good friend comes to visit you in Italy and you learn a day into her trip that her close grandma passed away?

I don’t know any reason more to drink ALL the wine and have a dance party.

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First home cooked meal here! Fresh pasta with tomatoes, arugula, prosciutto, and mozzarella. All purchased at the local market!

(Oh, and local red wine of course)

First home cooked meal here! Fresh pasta with tomatoes, arugula, prosciutto, and mozzarella. All purchased at the local market!

(Oh, and local red wine of course)

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First 48 hours in Florence. Amazing views, more walking than I thought possible, pasta cooked in red wine, my already-found-favorite-plaza, and the most amazing lunch spread of bruschetta, cheese and meat ever (no seriously I could eat that every day).

It is taking me a little bit to warm to the city, but it is growing on me oh so quickly. I think I will like a month here.

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Buongiorno, Firenze!

Buongiorno, Firenze!

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Thoughts before I leave for a month.

Of course, my OCD self is all packed and I have checked that I have my passport approximately 453 times.

My flight is at 4:30. I’m sitting here and just wondering how early I can go to the airport.

Also, I love traveling, but I hate the traveling process. I haven’t even processed that I’m leaving for a month in ITALY because I’m more nervous about making my connection.

Checked again and passport is still there.

What am I forgetting?

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I am determined to not check bags for my month long trip to Italy.

I’m either well organized and economical or just plain crazy.

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Four different states. Two different coasts. Many years later. But we come together and nothing has changed. These girls still make me laugh harder than anyone.

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Day = made.

Day = made.

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Things that make me happy in this moment: clean green grass (not an easy feat in the city), my bike next to me, a book about Italy, the evening sun coming down, the jazz band playing for free.

Things that make me happy in this moment: clean green grass (not an easy feat in the city), my bike next to me, a book about Italy, the evening sun coming down, the jazz band playing for free.

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I swear, the lilies I bought to celebrate my birthday last week get more beautiful each day.

I swear, the lilies I bought to celebrate my birthday last week get more beautiful each day.

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