Thursday, May 22, 2014

A day in the life

I've stayed pretty close to home these past few weeks due to the massive amount of work I've been hit with recently (4 10 page papers!)
Heres an accumulation of photos of Venice...

"Commute" to school
Corte due Porte- right outside my apartment 

Flower shop in my neighborhood (Castello) 

This little bridge is where a lot of Gondoliers tend to hang out on their off time

View from the vaporetto stop

San Servolo in the distance 
San Servolo is a small island where my school, Venice International University, is located.
It also always hosts conferences and seminars for researchers and universities all over the world, although for us it just means an influx of people to the cafĂ© 

Oh and fun fact it used to be a military jail and insane asylum!
Another reason why I'm glad I don't live there!

San Servolo 

I'll never understand the art on this island

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Almafi Coast

This past weekend 5 BC kids and I booked a trip through at student tour company to the Almafi Coast in southern Italy. A few weeks ago, I figured I'd be all bronze right now but the weather wasn't exactly in our favor. Regardless of the cloud cover, we still had a great time and enjoyed the unbelievable views.

Friday- Isola di Capri

Lover's arches which Dolce and Gabbana ads made famous

Waiting line for the blue gratto (cave) 
Due to bad weather and tides, the gratto had been closed the last few weekends so we were really lucky to get to go in

Somehow the boat fit through that tiny hole!

going under!

The color is completely natural, created by 2 sources of sunlight

View from Anacapri 

Napoli is the land of limoncello 
Our hike back down to the marina

Of course I was the only lunatic to go in the water

Saturday- Positano

Ok I'm not crazy- this looks like me at least a little bit...

Calm after the storm 

all bundled up

and yet I still went in the of the most memorable swims of my life

Sunday - Pompeii

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was buried with ash after an eruption by Mount Vesuvius in 79AD (which is still active today!) The digging up of Pompeii started in the 18th century but still 2/5 of the city is in the process of being uncovered.
I really enjoyed the visit but it was so crowded with tourists and its not even high season yet. Rumor is that the Italian government has done very little to preserve the site and its being run down by tourist traffic. After being there, I don't doubt this for a second. 

artifacts from throughout the city

the main road

the pool

an original pizza oven!

The beautiful drive down the coast