Everything I Expected and More
Well Italy is great. It is everything I expected and more! Yesterday we went to Sienna and into wine and olive oil country. It was very hilly, not flat like Florida. The buildings were all from the med-evil times and before. We went on a tour a saw some really interesting things. In one of the churches we went to there was a skull and thumb of St. Catherine. The rest of the body is in Rome because the Pope didn't want to move it all since she was such a popular saint. It was kinda weird but I can see why they want it there. After the tour we went to the big square in the city and we got some free time. Some other students and I bought some wine from a local store that Anna Maria recommended. I then bought my favorite thing, chocolate GILATO!!! People say I am a G.A., short for Gelato Addict. They make jokes that I am going to go through withdrawal when we get back to the states. We then sang a concert in another gorgeous church. During one part of the mass the head religious leader went on a 20 minute talk about Jesus in Jerusalem. At least that's what I think because it was in Italian. We then walked back to the bus. I managed to sit on a chocolate cookie which left a giant white spot that wouldn't come out of my pants. It was fun trying to get that out. I really can't wait to see what Florence has to offer. Aribaderchi!
Ryan Appold '08