Adventure in Cinque Terre  

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Ciao Tutti,

Finally got the opportunity to venture outside of Viterbo this past weekend! A few of us took a trip to  Cinque Terre the literal translation is "The Five Lands". Located on the northern coast of Italy, facing the Ligurian Sea composed of 5 small villages. These being Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. We spent our time hiking, swimming, and marveling at the beauty that surrounded us. Below are a few pictures that do not fully depict how beautiful this place was.

After the hike up the mountain...still feeling good ;)

Moterosso al Mare

Ligurian Sea

Macchina di Santa Rosa  

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I had the opportunity of experiencing a very precious festival in Viterbo this past weekend called Il Trasporto della Macchina di Santa Rosa, which translates to the transport of the St. Rosa statue. The purpose of the festival is to pay homage to the great Saint Rosa who overcame adversity and served the city of Viterbo and the neighboring towns. What occurs is that they transport the statue from where S. Rosa was buried to where her church stands today. It's and up and downhill tread to get to the church. The statue is carried by 100 men called the Facchini. The opportunity to become a Facchini is a great honor and is passed down from generation to generation. Throughout the week there are other events to celebrate the Saint. There is actually a smaller version of the carrying ceremony that is done by the children of the town (it was so precious). Along with outdoor discos and a city wide outdoor market. It was an incredible experience and I am thankful to have been there for it.

 Below is a video I created of all the events that took place this weekend. Enjoy...

Viterbo, Italy  

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I Have Arrived

I can't BELIEVE it! I'm in Italy and I'm here to stay, at least for a little bit. This will be my new home for the next couple of months. I'm so excited! This city is seriously out of a story book. The cafes, the motorbikes, the Italian chattering in my ears. I'm so in love. The past few days have been filled with meeting new people, moving in, and exploring. I'm still in a state of disbelief, but I'm ready and excited for this adventure. 

Porta Romana. Entrance to the City Center
Cobblestone, Cobblestone, and Tight Streets. IDK how they get their cars through here.
On the way to the Pope's Palace
The Pope's former  palace 

City Hall 
Down Town Viterbo
Inside the City Walls
In the alley's of the medieval neighborhood

Riding on a Bike with her papa. So Italian.
One of the infamous fountains around town
Well this is my home for the next few months and I'm so excited.
Ciao for now!
Thanks for reading.

A Transatlantic Adventure  

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By far this has been the most interesting plane rides I have ever been in. Not only because of all the Italian that is buzzing in my ear, but because of the entire package that has been provided throughout this transatlantic voyage. They served wined, dinner and breakfast, provided me with a blanket and pillow, and lastly show two films for my entertainment needs.It was too good to be true though because as soon as we landed in Rome and I saw my bags I was very, very upset. My luggage was BROKEN! >_< I was livid because a wheel had popped off and there were tons of dents in the bag. I was forced to lug it around for a good hour too. I was so exhausted. After having to deal with my broken bag and having to frantically search for USAC I was so over it. I stood around for a good 5 minutes, as sweat was dripping from all areas, I began to wonder if I had made the right choice.I’m still trying to determine if I have because a lot of the kids that are in the program are very peculiar and I have yet to decided if that is a good or bad thing. I guess only time will tell and for now I’m still waiting for that moment when I fall madly in love with this idea of being here and really get to know some interesting people.