Campania Daydreams ☁️

This past week, I had the opportunity to go on a class field trip to the Campania region of Italy. The trip was so incredible. I made new friends, saw breathtaking sights, and indulged in the beaches and lifestyle of the coastal cities. I realized while there that the culture and lifestyle of the coastal cities are very different from the inner and bigger cities, such as Florence and Rome. In Amalfi and Capri, I felt very relaxed and time felt slowed down, despite the bustle of the tourist crowds. I felt as though I had so much yet so little time.

In Capri, we took a boat tour and went around the entire island. We saw the famous Faraglioni rock formations, took pictures in the (very hot) Italian sun, and we also stopped at the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is a cave that is famous for its color (hence the name). To reach the inside of it, you must first take a boat to the entrance. Once you dock and join the boat line, you wait for a man in a small rowboat to pick you up from your boat. In our case, we went around noon and the line was an hour long. After our wait, three friends and I jumped aboard one of the rowboats and then waited in the rowboat line to enter. After another thirty minutes or so of waiting, we finally got pulled into the grotto.

The entrance to the grotto is a small hole, and to enter, everyone on the rowboat needs to lay flat. It’s that small! When the waves get too big, the water blocks the entrance, making it impossible to enter. Thankfully, the waves were at bay during our visit. Once inside, it was one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever witnessed. The water was the purest and brightest blue that I have ever seen, and the cave was lit up in the rich color of the water. The man that was rowing our boat was singing old Italian folk songs, and it was truly a mesmerizing experience.

Although the wait was very long, the blue grotto was completely worth it. Capri took a piece of my heart. Seeing the grotto, experiencing the culture and lifestyle, and tasting all the lemon things I could find was exciting and impactful.

I also visited the ancient city of Pompeii. Much of Pompeii was destroyed when the Mount Vesuvius volcano erupted nearly 2,000 years ago in 79 A.D. What remained of Pompeii was covered in compact ashes and debris, and therefore preserved for 1,500 years. Today, people can visit Pompeii and see how the ancient people lived. There are houses, roads, shops, and artifacts still intact, and it was a thought-provoking visit that had me curious to learn more. It was also very eerie seeing the preserved body shapes of people in their last moments. It was interesting, yet deeply saddening, to analyze what people’s reactions and expressions were during that time. Pompeii truly is a looking glass into the ancient centuries, and seeing the city allowed me to gain a new perspective on the way we currently live.

The entire trip to Campania was something I will forever cherish. Every week gets better and better in Italy! ☀️

And now, on to week four!

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