First off, I cannot believe that we are already on our fourth week here in Ariccia and I think our whole group can agree on that! Time has flown by way too quickly and it is almost scary to think that we are close to halfway through with our trip.
With all of the traveling we’ve been doing recently, it was nice to relax and have our first aperitivo last night! We put a little twist on the typical Italian aperitivo and we all made an “American” style dish. Our dishes consisted of salsas to hummus to delicious mini hamburgers, desserts and so much more. We all had plenty of food to eat and each probably ate around two or three plates of food!
We invited some guests from Ariccia to come to our aperitivo and it was a blast. Getting to talk to the residents of Ariccia is such an enriching experience because we really get to learn more about their lives and culture. That’s one of the best parts of this program is that we are not only living in a small community in Italy and able to become a “local”, but we are encouraged to get to know the people of the town on a deeper level and really get out of our comfort zones. Not many people get this opportunity and we are so blessed that we are able to do so.
The whole night was a huge success and now we are all looking forward to our first optional weekend trip to Prague! We’ll keep y’all updated because I’m sure there will be plenty of interesting stories that are about to come our way. Wish us luck as we attempt to take on hostels and the airport without our life support that consists of Cinzia and Mrs. Linda…now that is scary!