May 19, 2016
Today it really hit me, I am actually in Italy! It has been a hectic yet incredible five days so far here in Altavilla. The town we are staying in is a small and quiet, yet filled with the most accommodating and friendliest people I have ever encountered. I am trying my best to blend in as much as possible but it is a little hard when you are walking down the streets of a small town with twenty other Americans all with the same confused and lost look on their faces. Something that we as Americans are not used to is that everyday from one to four, most of the shops and restaurants close. I have been here for five days and I am still not used it. Sometimes we will walk around Altavilla for an hour, trying to find one place that is open. I don’t think anyone minds though because the town is beautiful and I don’t think I could ever grow tired of looking at it.
I never thought that I would ever say this but I am actually very glad that it is raining today. I have so much schoolwork to catch up on, and the Wi-Fi is finally working. We have had so many issues with the Wi-Fi, it has made completing the homework assignments very difficult. Today I had my first test in English 3380 and the Wi-Fi kept cutting in and out, causing us to have to retake the test four times. This whole experience has really made me realize how dependent we as Americans are on technology. I’m not sure if these types of Wi-Fi problems are normal in Italy in general or just the hotel but the Italians do not seem to mind very much.
As I sit here on this rainy Thursday, I reflect on the last couple of days. I think about all the beautiful sights I have seen, the everlasting memories I have made, and the awesome people I have encountered. I am so overwhelmed by all of the incredible things this country has to offer. It is unbelievable to me to think that for Italians, these sights that we travel so far to see are something that they normally see everyday. I personally was never a big traveler, but I can honestly say that after five days of being here, I want to become one. I am so grateful that I have been given this amazing opportunity and I will make sure that I will take advantage of every experience that comes my way within these next five weeks.