“Benvenuto, you have arrived in Naples, Italy. Enjoy your stay.”
My twelve week adventure abroad has begun! While taking four courses over ten weeks through the Sant’Anna Institute – Sorrento Lingue in Sorrento, Italy, I am most fortunate to experience life from the immersion of staying with a host family. Each evening, they provide me with various dishes that were native to areas in Southern Italy. (For more in depth on food…trust me and go check out my many cuisine posts!)
Since one of my courses includes a Digital Photography seminar and study, it gives me an excuse to run around and photograph the many stunning architectural sights and moments that can hardly be grasped in a single snap of a camera.
Morning: mi sveglio (I wake up) at 7:30am and have a lovely breakfast of biscotti e marmalade con una coppa di espresso. It took about a week for my very-American-breakfast-stomach to adjust, but I came to really appreciate the little crunch and zip in the morning before class at 9.
Sant’Anna is located just over a mile away from the apartment I’m staying at, so I always give myself fifteen-twenty minutes to walk over.
The first three days in Sorrento were laden with heavy rains before the lovely, Mediterranean sun came out to play. (rain being loosely translate into me sprinting literally everywhere and getting completely soaked.)
My Monday through Friday classes finished around – or just before – noon, allowing me time to wander around for a new lunch niche to occupy.
Sure, I quickly found my favorite location for mozzarella or gelato or fruit, but I could never be quite content until I test-tasted every spot in Sorrento. There is a ristorante with a Michelin Star after all called Zi Ntonio. That was what my lunch time between noon and three was sectioned out for.
Then… Naptime. I’m not kidding! I nap constantly! After I walked back to the apartment I curl right on up and doze off until about four every day. Then it was up and to the gym!
My KDS sister Nancy did a little bit of research and found that there was a nice gym tucked away near where we were staying in Sorrento called Central Fitness Club. It was a tad pricy, but as I was going to be eating pizza, pasta, and gelato for twelve weeks, I needed a way to offset the intake – if only slightly. And yes, yes, yes, I realize that I walked between nine and fifteen miles some days. Still.
The gym membership was twenty euros to set up and then sixty euros per month. So I really had to utilize the space and make the most of it! Investment anyone?
Afterwards it was a mini study session before a home cooked dinner with my host family at 7:30.
Each meal had a dollop of olive oil and love for sure! 🙂
I’m all for the daily pasta ritual.
Before settling down with my millions of pages to read for my Mediterranean history class, I walked around the sunset cast town of Sorrento with a peach or two (and oftentimes a little gelato). The air always smelled fresh and crisp at this time of night and the streets were constantly filled with bustling evening life.
Each of the following photos was taken during my first week in Sorrento.
After that first week of excitement settled into routine, I really started seeing life pass by each and every day. I began to recognize certain people walking to work at certain times of day, or run into my classmates and friends in between classes around the city.
Check out my next blog consisting of a photo gallery from simple moments!!
Below is a mini day adventure to Regina Giovanna (or the Queen’s Baths). It’s a tucked away gem that is a bit of a hike to get to, so be sure you wear sneakers and durable walking shoes. There’s a fork in the road. The right leads to the hidden cove and a way to see some Roman ruins. The left is where the Mediterranean comes into play. It can get crowded in the actual baths and a bit overwhelming, so leaping headfirst into the Sea was much needed! The left path has more area to sit down as well.