It is weird to think that i’ve almost been in Italy for about a month now, and it still blows my mind every morning that I am in a different country and I have to adjust to going to school here now. I adjusted to New York so fast and although I feel I know my way around in Italy, I still feel like a fish out of water here.
I downloaded two different types of maps of Florence before coming in case I get lost and need to find my way around, luckily that hasn’t happened yet. I usually follow a map once or a person who knows their way around, and then after going to a place once I can usually find my way back by memory. Although that is a bit risky I haven’t been drastically lost yet. I was always going the right direction I just had simple things wrong like the street or which way to turn, or which side the store was on.
By knowing the direction I can usually find where I’m going, but just to be safe I ended up buying a sim card so that I could use my maps and data whenever I needed to in order to look it up. The other way I get around is to use my surroundings, the two main landmarks I use are the Duomo and the river Arno. Whenever I use my maps or just walk around the city I always figure out where I’m going based on the two landmarks above. I know what direction it is from my apartment to walk to the arno and from that I am able to tell where I am going. SInce where I am going mostly takes place around the arno and the duomo it’s easy to get around. I live very close to the duomo, it’s less than a minute walk from my apartment which means whenever I try to find my way home I use the duomo as my guide.
In my everyday I seem to have a routine, going to the bus stop and back home after class is so familiar already because it will be the route I take almost everyday. I am on the same street as the duomo and the bus stop meaning it’s a straightforward walk for me, making it pretty impossible to get lost. I think the reason I am so happy for this is because I am the type of person who does get lost. If I do get lost it’ll be when my phone dies, it’s dark out, and I have no idea where I am. I stated earlier that I have yet to be lost, and I am really thankful that it hasn’t happened.
I am very scared of the unknown and to be lost is a stressful situation for anyone, and for me it would probably be at the stop of my stress list. I do not like not knowing where I’m going, it’s hard for me to follow others sometimes even if they may know where they are going more than me. Often I like to lead even if I’m wrong sometimes because it is what I am more comfortable with. It is scary to be lost in an unknown and new place, and I know sometimes it can lead to even more amazing sites, but I like to know where I am going and how to get there without a map.
It’s also why I often only go to one place once I’ve found it, I don’t usually venture past what I know even if it is to maybe find something better or cooler. For instance in New York I lived near a dos toros and I would eat there quite often, and I would never really go out to any other mexican place. It was close to me and I never really explored elsewhere, I often go to what’s familiar to me. Being in Florence I am trying to escape that bad habit and try a lot of new and different places. There’s so much to see here and I want to be able to see it all, or most of it anyway. I hope to keep up my luck and keep heading in the right direction, keep your fingers crossed that I don’t get lost soon.