By Leslie Roberts
This trip was not only my first international flight but the first flight I had ever taken! I have always been scared of flying and I was nervous to travel alone but I really wanted to come to Italy. I have to say this study abroad in Italy has been more than worth it.
This trip has been breathtaking with steep hills and beautiful views. One of the best parts of this trip was cooking classes at night with Rosa. We learned a lot of Italian phrases in the kitchen, laughed a lot, and got a little messy. Rosa is an amazing cook and she shared some great recipes with us. A few things we learned were: that Italians don't eat meatballs with spaghetti, only in very few recipes do you mix onion and garlic, and it is forbidden to add Parmesan cheese to pasta that has seafood in it.
Everyday has been jammed packed with new and exciting experiences. We've learned a lot about Italian culture, society, and truly experience Italian hospitality. My favorite part of the trip was visiting the olive oil producer. We saw his production methods and we got to taste blood orange slices covered in olive with sprinkles of sugar, they were fantastic. My second favorite experience has been the trip to the farm near Lake Trasimeno where our meal was straight from their farm to our table. I loved that we got to take a tour of the farm and got to see their crops especially the huge fields of wheat, barley, and spelt.