Here are some disjointed dispatches from Florence, where it is currently 34* C and I have felt as though I've just stepped out of a pool for about a week straight:
-Before sitting down to write this, I mopped my kitchen and bathroom. In the time it took me to mop my (very tiny) bathroom, the kitchen floor dried completely. That's at least one benefit of the scorching weather (along with quick-drying clothes).
-Thus far, my chosen method of dealing with the heat has been with gelato and Aperol spritzes. This has also coincided with my own attempt to make the gym a habit again, so I don't feel too terrible about it.
-Somehow people are still wearing jeans and button down shirts in this weather. As a result, I've started to wonder how many Italians forego wearing clothes altogether when they're at home during this heat (air conditioning is not nearly as common here as it is in the US). One of my friends mentioned that her neighbors do this, and I can't say that I blame them.
-Florence really does come to life this time of year. I'm almost a year into living here yet my appreciation for this city continues to grow.
-In the month of June alone, I've seen three different people from my university in Alabama (two of whom are pictured below). Seeing old friends in a new context feels strange, but it's also fun getting to connect over mutual experiences in a completely new environment. I also think I've established a rule that if you stay in my apartment, I'll be a very accommodating host... as long as you agree to let me photograph you. Not a terrible trade-off, right?
-The past two months have been a sort of strange transitional period for me and I'm a little all over the place, both physically and mentally. This isn't a bad thing, though; I've been doing a lot of traveling and taking photos of whatever I want when I feel like it rather than focusing on a project. Shooting like that is liberating, but I'm also ready to come up with some sort of cohesive... something. We'll see what the next few months bring.