It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in Europe in for nearly a month; it’s surreal to think that I get to go to school in on of the most beautiful cities in Italy!

Traveling from Houston all the way to Venice was much easier than expected and I arrived with no problems! Arriving in Venice and having to figure out how to get to our apartment was a challenge especially because public transportation is so different here. After all, there are no cars in Venice and the vaporetto (water buses) are often as slow as walking. It was no easy task trying to navigate through crowded, narrow, walkways with two suitcases pulling them over stairs and bridges. Our apartment has no elevator so once we arrived we once again had too pull all our luggage up three flights of stairs! However, once we were settled, it was easier to appreciate Venice and the uniqueness that comes with living in a floating city.

One of the amazing things about studying in Europe is how easy it is to travel to other countries. Before class started, my roommates and I took a trip to Greece and several of the Islands, which was an incredible experience!

We arrived back in Venice ready to start classes. At Ca’ Foscari, the semester is split into two terms which means I am only taking two classes at a time! Campus is about 30 minutes from our apartment which means we get our exercise in every day. Not having the convenience of cars and easy transportation means that we walk everywhere. It’s great being in city filled with art and museums and concerts, I can wander down the street and stumble on new exhibits or old churches with amazing architecture just 5 minutes from my apartment. I’m looking forward to finding authentic restaurants, learning the history of Venice, and learning more about art in this city

through museums and exhibits!