Well, it has taken me a while to finally post about my weekend. Whoops.
Unfortunately for me, the John Felice Rome Center is a real college campus with really college classes and real midterm exams. I spent my week studying for and taking said exams. I have one more tomorrow that I’m not really worried about.
Aside from exams, I haven’t really been doing much. My team and I lost our calcio game last week. However, I scored a goal! I also slipped a few times (running shoes have proven less than ideal for playing soccer on turf fields) and got pretty scraped up. I’ll spare you the gruesome pictures.
Then on Friday I went on a study trip to Pompeii. Study trips are basically trips that the Rome Center sets up for you. Some are weekend trips, others, like Pompeii, are day trips. All you have to do is pay and you are set to go.
We arrived at Pompeii around lunch time, so we ate our sack lunches (lunches made for us by the Loyola dining staff). It wasn’t the best meal I’ve ever eaten, but it was good enough to tide me over until dinner.
Then we started our tour led by Dr. Nicholson, a professor here at the Rome Center. Pompeii was very similar to Herculaneum, only it was much larger and Herculaneum was better preserved because of the mud. I’ll spare you the repetitive photos and only include some that I found particularly interesting.
The entire tour only took about 3 1/2 hours, so there really wasn’t much to it that you don’t already know about. It was just so cool to see it in person!
It was really sad, yet fascinating, to see these moulds.
We made it back to campus in time to eat dinner in the cafeteria, which was nice.
On Saturday I didn’t really do much. I went shopping on Via del Corso and finally bought a watch. I selected a red Swatch like this one:
Then, on Sunday, we went to a flea market at Porta Portese.
It was a really fun experience. I got a sweater for €2 that I really like. We almost didn’t go because it looked like it was supposed to rain… But it didn’t start raining until we got back to campus. Imagine that!
I apologize for the lack of text and quality in this post. I’m kind of worn out from midterms and getting ready for spring break. You can expect some long posts about my adventures in Paris, London and Dublin in a few weeks!
I hope everyone has a safe spring break (if you have spring break next week) and I will post tons of photos and stories about my spring break!