Week 3: Exploring the South of Italy

For the first time in a while, I’m disappointed that a class has ended. My Historical Perspectives of Chemistry class is now over and I’m actually upset about it. This class was an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone. We took two or three field trips every week and the field trips were both educational and really interesting. For example, this week we visited the oldest functioning hospital in the world, Santa Maria Novella Hospital. This was the place where Leonardo da Vinci performed his autopsies! It so amazing to see because the hospital looked both modern and very old at the same time. They even had a plaque commemorating his work there. My pre-med self was so interested in this trip. We also visited a water treatment plant which, albeit, was less pretty to look at but still worth the time. It’s strange how we never really think about how the little things we use every day actually get to where they are. We learned about all the chemical processes associated with the treatment of water and how the system works to get the water into the state it is when it comes out in our taps. My professor even treated us to his favorite dessert (sicilian cakes) after the trip! It’s an understatement to say I will miss this class.

This weekend we traveled to southern Italy to visit the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. We visited Capri on a boat tour and it was so breathtaking to see. The huge cliffs and bright blue sparkling water was so different than anything I’ve seen. We also had the opportunity to go into the blue grotto! That was truly a unique experience. I would love to learn about the science behind why the water in that cave glows so bright. I wish I could upload more pictures of this day but the file sizes are too large and I’m not tech savvy enough to figure out how to change formats. Anyways, we also went on a sky ride today up the mountain to Anacapri. This was an interesting ride to say the least for a person who is really afraid of heights. There was nothing but an insecure little bar holding me back from falling hundreds of feet onto the island. Still, I enjoyed it. At one point I even felt comfortable enough to pull out my phone and snap the picture you see above. I don’t regret making the journey up at all, because the view was very worth it. I’m especially excited for Pompeii tomorrow! I’ll report back next week with what we did in Pompeii. Ciao for now!

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