Updated: Apr 14, 2019
Ciao a tutti! Sorry for the late post, but classes are getting busy as we get closer to the end of the semester. This week was a bit rough on the mental health, but we made it through. Homesickness is finally sinking in, but I won't let that stop me from enjoying my last 3 weeks in Italy.
The academic week was pretty slow. No workshops, no fun dinners, just an Italian quiz on Thursday. Wednesday we had an interesting lecture on wine and Fascism in Italy. I never knew the impact Fascism had on the food culture of Italy, but as I learned from this lecture and my History of Food class, it was really important.
My weekend was INFINITELY more interesting! Thursday night, my roommates and I ventured to Catania. We flew out of the Perugia airport, which has only 4 gates, and security only opens 1 hour before the flight takes off since only flight takes off at a time! We got there late, and went to pizza and sandwich shop for dinner. I have come to appreciate mayo on fries and hotdogs since I've been here.
Friday was spent in the city center. We walked around, got some cannoli, and climbed to the top of a basilica for a great view at sunset. We found a university in a monastery, and soaked in history at the Roman theater.
Saturday was spent in a little beach town called Ognina. Before we hoped on a bus, we went to the fish market in the the city center, bought some fruit, then headed to the beach. We stayed there all day before heading back to our AirBnB before our flight. I got an arancino in the airport before taking off, then landed home and went straight to bed because I had to be up early on Sunday morning.
Sunday, the Umbra Institute took us on a day trip to another country! We went to San Marino, the third smallest country in Europe, then had a lovely beach day in Rimini. I took a nap on the beach in the afternoon, then we went back to Perugia. It was a sunny and warm weekend that I am really missing on this cloudy and cold day.