Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Caio from Italy

I just wanted to send out a small post to whoever may read it saying that I am back in Italy. I just spent 2 wonderful weeks touring Venice, Verona, Vienna, Budapest, and Prague but I am glad to be back in Orvieto. Upon return, Italy seems more like home although nothing can replace my beloved hOmaha. It is much warmer in Italy now and it is beginning to really look like spring. The trees and flowers are starting to bud and the breeze feels warmer on my face. Through all of this I am still looking forward to coming home at the end of the semester. I am looking forward to good internet access, convenient shop hours, and spending time with my family. But I will miss the food and the laid back lifestyle here, so I may have to bring these home with me. Arrivederci for now, or ci vediamo (I'll see you later) and enjoy some American culture for me!

Friday, 6 March 2009

More Southern Italy

I am back with more picture of the south of Italy. Above is a photo from Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that has ironically been preserved by the very eruption that brought destruction to it's inhabitants. Vesuvius looms in the background, threatening to erupt at any time... only not really because it is heavily protected.

Here we are at the Villa San Michele on the Island of Capri. This was beautiful villa with gardens and arcades framing views out to the blue sea and sky.

Steph and I on the ferry to Capri. We had a moderately exciting ride to the island with a team of Italian soccer players. They provided another kind of scenery for the ladies on the ferry.

My mom will be happy to hear that we hiked to this natural arch on Capri. Again, the colors here are amazing and made it worth all of the stairs that we had to climb up and down to get here. Ahh, just another beautiful day in Italy!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Southern Italy

This picture shows a little bit of the architecture that we saw in the area. There was a strong Islamic influence in the South of Italy and it shows in the arches in this courtyard. Many of the villas that we visited had similar patterned archways and palm trees.

The landscape in the Amalfi coast is fantastic. The mountains plunge into the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean. The sky and sea are the main events in the landscape. This picture was taken on a hike that a group of friends and I took down the mountain. By hike I mean that it was about 1000 stairs down to the beach.

This is Sam, Steph, and I in front of our hotel, that's right, in front of our hotel. Again, the scenery was simply breathtaking. Even though it was the South, it really wasn't that warm, we did wear our coats most of the day but the sun was gorgeous.