May 30, 2016
Mondays are supposed to be the worst day of the week, but it’s hard to complain when you’re waking up for class in Italy. Waking up early is still not my favorite thing but it’s definitely worth the experience I’m getting here. Starting the day off with the classic Italian hotel breakfast took some getting used to. Back home I would start my day off with a huge plate of scrambled eggs with bacon and toast. Here they eat more simple foods and start off with a selection of croissants, meats and cheeses, and yogurts. After I got used to the change, I’ve come to love the different breakfast. It’s quicker, lighter and a lot simpler.
After our light breakfast it was time for class. Today we didn’t have a tour or guest lecture so it was a very normal laid back day. We had to spread out in our daily struggle to get the Wi-Fi to work but once everyone found a spot, it was back to work like usual. We worked until 12:30 and then it was lunchtime, which is also pretty different in comparison to America. We have a few different options around us in Altavilla from sandwich shops, pizzerias, the hotel restaurant, and the grocery store. Today I chose to go t
o the grocery store. The store here is an experience in itself. To start off, unlike the U.S. where the enter and exit doors are a mere suggestion, they take it very seriously and some doors wont even open if you try to go the wrong way. Next, exploring any store in a foreign language is a challenge, luckily in the grocery store, you can see what things are or pretty easily guess from pictures on boxes. A few classmates and I decided to go to the deli and get some fresh prosciutto and mozzarella. After conversing in some part English, part Italian, and utilizing hand gestures, we were able to get ourselves
the meat and cheese. We picked up some fresh ripe tomatoes and freshly baked bread to complete the sandwiches.After a short walk we made it back to our lovely hotel and went to the back patio to assemble our sandwich. Borrowing silverware from the hotel restaurant, we were able to cut up the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Between the sunshine, sandwiches, crackers and cheese, it made for one of the best lunches I’ve ever had.
A bunch of classmates and I hung out on the patio for hours until the sun went down just listening to music and hanging out. After that we were forced to go inside and finish up whatever homework we had due. Everyone slowly headed up from the basement classroom and went to bed, ending the slow relaxed Monday and preparing for the guest lecture and factory tour the following day.