When I arrived in Florence several years ago, I thought of myself as independent and headstrong. I was a graduate student and I was going to be living in Italy for an entire year. I was older, I was committed, I was brave. On settling into my new life abroad, the adaptation process went as quickly as nature allowed. I sipped my caffellattè at the bar alongside locals, watched children’s movies in Italian and explored the striking towns Tuscany has to offer, becoming a native of the transportation system in no time.