May 23, 2016
Although today started out as a dreary day in Altavilla, it turned into a day filled with adventure! To start my day, I was woken up by my next door neighbor, Katie, bright and early. I am convinced Katie has an expresso machine in her bedroom because that girl is the definition of energy. I think she just enjoys laughing at me when I answer the door, because I’m usually still asleep. We then headed to the café in the hotel to get our morning breakfast, it has become a shared ritual here. Moving on, it turns out, we didn’t even have to be in class until 9 for our lecture. It was a sigh of relief because this gave us plenty of time for breakfast and the routine cappuccino. Shifting to a more academic tone, the lecture today was on the Italian social and economic system. My classmates and I were worried that it was going to be a boring one. I don’t mean boring as in, ”oh no, I don’t care”. Moreover, it was my fear the speaker was not going to be capable of holding our attention. Thankfully, it wasn’t bad at all. I learned a lot about the European Union and the Eurozone. They’re not the same thing at all which was surprising to me. I would go into more detail but I have more to tell you.
After the lecture, everyone had so much to do. A few girls and I made our way down to the laundry mat, boy was that an adventure. It was pouring rain and all the locals just happened to be doing their laundry at the same time. At first, we couldn’t figure out how to work the machines. Finally, we figured out how to switch the coin machine to English, which made it super easy. While my laundry was washing, I decided to head to the supermarket to find a small snack to entertain myself. I found myself in the deli section and decided the in-store cooked food looked appetizing. It turned out that it was under 2 euros for a lunch size portion of chicken and potatoes. I will definitely be going back again.
Around dinner time, a group of us set out on an adventure to get some fit-bit steps in and in hopes of running into a new restaurant we hadn’t tried. After a short 4,000 steps, we found a place called Fantasy. You know it’s going to be a good restaurant when the server speaks absolutely no English and they have the old-school toilets that are a hole in the ground. When ordering, a classmate of mine ordered a marinara pizza, it turned out that it was a pizza with strictly marinara sauce on it. The server quickly realized that he had no idea what he had ordered, as he looked super confused. She immediately asked him if he wanted mozzarella on it, which of course he did. She was so kind to us, even though she didn’t know any English. The meal ended up being fantastic. On the way home, we blared throwback music on our cellphones and enjoyed each other’s goofy personalities. This is a trip of a lifetime and I am so grateful for this experience and the life-long friends I have already made.