Updated: May 5, 2019
La penultima settimana! It doesn't feel like it's been 15 weeks since I left home, scared of going to a new country for the second time in my life, first time alone. It doesn't feel like I've done that much, but then I look back to my previous blog posts and I find it hard to believe I've done so much in just a short amount of time! This week marked the beginning of the end: the end of classes but beginning of finals, the end of my semester but the beginning of my last year in college!
Monday was a normal day, nothing too special. Tuesday morning was my last day at the Synergistic garden. We planted some veggies in the synergistic plot, and enjoyed coffee made one of the workers. Tuesday night was our end of the semester Food Studies dinner. We went to Civico 25, one of our professor's favorite restaurants. We toasted to the end of the semester, and ended the night by taking tequila shots with our professors at Dempsey's! A great way to end a great semester.
Wednesday and Thursday were the last days of classes! It was bittersweet to say goodbye to my professors who I truly enjoyed learning from all semester, but also great to be done with classes! Wednesday we went to Pizzeria la Romantica, where I had the best pizza I've had in Italy. The crust was crispy and chewy, and the toppings were so basic yet so good: red onions, mozzarella, Parmesan, and balsamic glaze. I'm definitely going to be making this pizza at home!
Friday, after our Italian final, we went to Assisi. We ran for the train, just barely making it, and spent the day walking around and enjoying the sunshine. Friday night we went to the illegal midnight bakery. It's illegal because there are certain hours in which bakeries are allowed to operate, and selling them from 12-5 AM is considered selling them on the black market. I think cornettos taste better when you're breaking the law to get them lol.
Saturday we went to Lake Trasimeno for my roommates birthday. We weren't late for the train this time, and we walked along the lake for a little before getting some sandwiches. We boarded a ferry to Isola Maggiore, one of the three islands in the middle of the lake, with our sandwiches and some wine for a picnic. We walked up to the top of the island for an amazing view, then spread our towels and had a picnic in an olive grove. We walked back down, found a cute little bar with Bellinis, then took the ferry back to the mainland. We returned to our apartment, took naps, then went to some bars and socialized for the rest of the evening.
Sunday was spent sleeping in until noon, then going to the Easter market in the center. There were lots of stalls selling everything from arancini and cannoli, to scarves and wind-chimes. There were so many people out and walking around, and realized that of the many things I will miss about Italy, I will not miss Italians' inability to walk in straight lines, at normal walking paces, or tendencies to stop in the middle of the street to make-out. My roommates and I got some arancini and doughnuts, then stopped by Turan Cafe for some hot chocolate and sat the steps of the duomo. I will miss the steps and just enjoying the slower pace of Italy when I go home, but it was nice to enjoy it one last Sunday afternoon.