This past weekend I had the opportunity to head to southern Italy and experience Naples, Pompeii, and the island of Capri! Savannah, Cecelia, and I discovered a travel agency for students in Perugia. The agency offers great deals for students at the universities to attend different trips. They usually have weekend trips to places which would normally be too difficult to get to by train. So when we saw they had a trip to Naples, Pompeii, and Capri, it wasn’t even a question if I was going to do it!
We left our dorm early Saturday morning and departed on the bus with 30 other students. We met some Americans who were studying at the other university in town. It was nice to finally see some people in Perugia who spoke English as a first language! We slept on the way down but woke up when we reached Naples.
When I told my lab mates that I was going to Naples, they immediately told me to keep a close watch on my valuables. Apparently, Naples is the place where pickpockets go to learn their skills! I was glad when they told us we only had a few hours in Naples because it was hard to enjoy it when you feel as if someone was going to rob you at any second! Nevertheless, Naples was beautiful and I had some amazing pizza!
After Naples, we headed to Pompeii. I had always heard about the story of the city because of my world history classes growing up, so seeing the city was something I had always wanted to do. When we arrived, I was truly surprised at the size of the city. Everywhere I looked, I could not see an end to the ruins. It was amazing to see how the people lived during that time. Equally incredible were the bodies covered in ash which were still preserved. An eerie feeling crept over me every time I looked up at Mount Vesuvius though. The thought of living in the city just to hear a volcano erupt was a frightening thought. Needless to say, I very much enjoyed my time in Pompeii.
Our hotel was located on the Sorrento Peninsula, and we had a great view of Mount Vesuvius from our room. The next morning, we woke up early again to depart for Capri. The boat ride there was beautiful as the sun was coming up! When we arrived at Capri, I went to go find Mass firstly, and then I made my way to the beach. The water was crystal clear. I grabbed my goggles and jumped it. There were thousands of fish swimming all around which was incredibly magnificent to see!
After the beach, I made my way to the other side of the Island known as Anacapri. This side of the island was a little less crowded, but was equally as beautiful. I found a chairlift to the top of the mountain on the island so I took that up. On top of the mountain of Capri I was able to see for miles. The view was beautiful!
We took the boat back to the mainland, and didn’t get back to Perugia until after midnight! This week will be rough after not getting much sleep. In addition to that, I have to keep up my running for cross country! Prayers would be much appreciated so that I can keep up my work while not falling asleep at my lab bench!
Ciao for now!
Chemistry Joke of the Blog Post:
What is the dullest element? Bohrium