When studying abroad in Europe, spring break is not very restful. It is a one of a kind, eye opening, travel experience, but it certainly does not recharge your batteries. With navigation of planes, trains, and buses, you feel like you need a break when you get back from break. However, if you are like me, you want to see as much as possible so you don’t get back to Arezzo until early Monday morning just in time for class! Now, after a week of classes on top of that, lots of us decided we needed a quiet weekend in Arezzo.
We kicked off our villa weekend on Friday night with a Limonia party featuring a homemade board game courtesy of Sophia. This was the first time in many weeks that most of us were able to spend time together outside of class and it was a lovely little family reunion. On Saturday a few of us spent the day wandering around the city. I had no idea how big Arezzo is! We found a few parks (containing ancient ruins of course), a bookstore, and an all you can eat sushi restaurant! We had to roll ourselves out the door and up and down the hills back to the villa. Saturday night, my friend Mary knocked on my door around 10 PM. She asked if I wanted to take a spur of the moment day trip to Florence to visit our friends studying there. Even though I would have to miss the group picnic scheduled for the following afternoon, I couldn’t refuse.
The amazing thing about Italy is the ease of travel between cities. My entire day Sunday including travel and food cost less than 50 euro and I was back in time to do my homework and reset for class this week. There’s really no such thing as a quiet weekend here, but it’s ok because there is an abundance of good friends, good food, and Italy waiting to be seen.