I am currently living proof that time flies when you are having fun. With the time zone change and limited time on my phone/computer (best thing ever), I have been a little confused/unaware of exactly what day it is.. I woke up this morning and realized it was already Friday. Holy cow!
Today started with yet another croissant before class where we wrapped up learning about all the Roman emperors. Today was our last day in the actual classroom before we hit the road next week.
Our first excursion this morning was visiting ancient ruins right under the main town square that we have been walking on top of all week. I had no idea it was hidden underneath there! As I mentioned earlier, the towns here are thousands of years old and there is almost always ruins of a city buried under the modern cities above ground. In ancient times, they didn’t tear buildings down, they just build something new right on top! Our guide was explaining that in Rome, tourists are often frustrated with the underground transit system because there are only two lines that run. However, what they don’t understand is that city planners have tried to build more lines for years, but everywhere they start digging, they find ancient ruins which then have to be examined and reported and all that… Plus, they are so heavy and stuck in the ground, it is very difficult to move them to build a train. Sorry Rome. :/
We had some extra free time after the tour so Keagan, Gillian and I grabbed yummy coffee and shopped around, popping into all sorts of random little stores. So fun! We met up with a big group for lunch before we shopped some more and then headed to Rondine, an old monastery village that has been converted to a school for graduate students. The students are from all over the world, but mostly small European countries that are in intense conflict with other countries. At first, we were a bit confused by the exact purpose of the program they have there, but in the end, learned it is a safe place for students to work our conflict between their countries as they will all be the future government leaders/adult citizens involved in politics who can work to rebuild bridges and restore relationships. It was neat!
The group returned and I proceeded to have what I am calling the best night we have had here so far. Arezzo is a very hilly town (my sore calves are the proof) and at the very top of the big hill in the middle of town is an incredible park. Evann and I have been wanting to go back since the first day when we saw it on our walking tour the first day. There was a group of 5 girls and 4 boys that headed up there after dinner and it was the best decision we have made all week. The view is breathtaking and the pictures do not hardly convey the beauty. We were up there for a good two hours just talking and telling goofy stories and laughing and singing. We were the only ones up there and it was a calm and still evening- perfect for soaking up each other’s company and the view.
I am in LOVE- how am I supposed to leave?? I’m just not thinking about it…
Mom and Dad- I am SO sorry if something happens to my plane ticket and credit card and I can’t get back home… I guess I will just have to stay a little longer until you can come and get me. 😉
I’m kidding. But seriously, I could stay here forever.