Well, I'm finally back in Italy! I have to say, it's really strange, but it feels good to be back. I have been traveling to Rome since I was 11, and I also lived in a city north of Rome called Viterbo my entire junior year of high school. I've been back a couple of times since my junior year, and each time it gets weirder and weirder, mostly because all of my friends are still 15 and 16 in my head. But obviously we have all grown up, some are in university, and others are working. But we're still all the same group of friends, which is awesome as always!
Tomorrow morning I'm heading off to a beach town called Gaeta, which is about an hour south of Rome and two hours north of Naples, with my friend from my program in Spain. Both of us were looking forward to relaxing on the beach and tanning...but somehow across Europe during the month of April that is impossible. It's been raining non-stop since Monday here in Viterbo, and looking at the forecast for Gaeta: cold and rainy too! Oh how I miss Boulder's 300 days of sun!! But it really won't be that bad. I've heard Gaeta is amazing, and it's near a National Park and Rome, so we can do some cool day trips. Plus, there's something peaceful about being at a beach when it's raining. Or maybe that's just me!
I'll be back in Alicante on Wednesday, just in time for a big Alicante festival called Santa Faz. Traditionally, it's a religious pilgrimage to the church of Santa Faz in San Juan (about 10 km away from Alicante). But now, the tradition is that the parents all go to the church, and the kids all bring food and games and go to the beach! I can't wait!