Just a start to the list. Feel free to add your own!
You know you’re studying abroad in Florence when:
- You use the sight of the Duomo to find your way back to the apartment.
- You completely give up wearing heels because of the cobblestones.
- You get arms of steel while carrying groceries back to the apartment.
- You have to go up a million stairs just to get to your front door…that is, your second front door.
- You personally recognize all of the gypsies but still refuse to give them money.
- You only get leather products from Massimo.
- You have an Astor Coffee Card and use all four. Every. Day.
- Pino knows you by name when you walk in, and what you order.
- You get aggravated by the throngs of tourists in front of the Duomo because you’re late to class.
- You can get shots anywhere, but you go get and Eby’s shot on special occasions.
- You get your pizza in a heart shape at Gusta.
- You start stopping to pick up change from the ground because it could be 2 Euros – not just a quarter.
- Running into a random event/parade/music performance is normal.
- You know there are cat-sized rats living in the Arno.
- You know the best wifi spots in the city for when the router in the apartment goes on the fritz.
- You never ever will take a very long, hot shower for granted ever again in your life.
- You don’t flinch at the mention of brain, tongue, or stomach as food items, though you aren’t sure about the idea of eating them yet.
- You know about the guy that roams the streets around Dante’s house quoting his work…and refuse to make eye contact.
- You have succumbed to the late night Kebab. And hated yourself the next morning.
- You have tried pear pasta and have fallen in love.
- You have a favorite gelato place, and get in aggressive arguments if others have a different opinion.
- You hate the umbrella sidewalk battles when it rains.
- You miss insulated houses…and rugs.
- You want to pet every dog that walks by because you miss yours way too much.
- You secretly want to eat at the HardRock but feel embarrassed to admit it.