It’s surprising, sometimes, to think back on just how important small things are in your life. This summer, when I was taking classes in Norman, one of those small things was eating at Qdoba, one, two, three times a week. Unsurprisingly, food remains a important (and arguably not so small) component of my daily life. There are some great sandwich shops in Arezzo, Dal Moro and Dietro le Quinte being the most noteworthy. The sandwiches are amazing, but there’s something else that’s even better: Gelato. I freely confess that I have become a bit of a gelato snob – there’s just something about it, especially at Sunflower here in Arezzo, that’s just amazing. I think I’d have to say it’s the best ice cream (and really it’s not ice cream – it’s gelato) that I’ve ever had.
Another small thing that I’ve really come to love is walking everywhere. I’ll grant you, sometimes it takes a while to get somewhere, but the very experience of walking is incredible. It’s calming and you experience so much more of the city that you’re in. I’ll miss not being able to walk everywhere when I get back to the states (although the climate will probably make me appreciate the benefits of having a bike or a car).
To finish off this post, being able to go to the gym is essential for me. It gives me a sense of security – the one thing that I’ve done consistently for the last six years of my life (excepting homework, which doesn’t really count), is helps me appreciate this whole experience even more. When I’m out here, I don’t feel like I’m a tourist in Arezzo, I actually feel like I belong. The gym is just one example of this – but it’s the clearest one in my mind.
Long story short here – I’ve really fallen in love with Arezzo. It’s an amazing city; it’s just the right size, not too big, not too small. There’s everything I could want: great food, a gym, and even great weather. It’s about as good as it gets.