Today was our last day in Verona. For the last four weeks, this place has been my home away from home. I learned so much here, such as how to cook, clean an entire apartment, and wash dishes (My dad is going to be so proud of me!). At our residence, we had a little grocery store one block away, the river and alps in our back yard, and a church just far close enough so that we could hear the bells ring each hour. The center of the city was just a few minutes away, in walking distance if you were feeling active. Also, it was just like living in the dorms again (except that we had a kitchen, normal sized bedroom, living room, and a terrace). All of your friends were just an elevator ride away and there was always someone to do something with. After spending four weeks here, I feel like a local and know my way around the entire city. I LOVE this city and am so sad to leave it!
Today, Alyssa, Carmen, Helen, and I decided to explore Verona for the last time. We stopped by to say farewell to Juliet and did some last minute shopping. I took a couple of pictures of my favorite places in Verona, adding to the 1,535 pictures I have already taken on this trip. Tonight we had our farewell dinner. All sixty of us took chartered buses to a restaurant in the mountains, overlooking the entire city. The view was beautiful! We had a six course meal and I ate everything from each course. It was sooo good! At the end of the meal, naturally, we Called the Dawgs. We had to leave Verona with a great lasting impression of the obnoxious Georgia fans. After dinner, all sixty of us headed to the middle of town one last time.
Tomorrow, we leave around 1000 hours for Florence. Martin has some great things planned for us in Florence over the next couple of days so I am very excited! We leave for Rome next Tuesday and I can’t wait!
It is currently 2:30 AM and we are all staying up to meet in the computer lab at 3:00 AM to watch the seventh game of the NBA finals, Celtics vs. Lakers. We are such good Americans.