March has been a month of travel for me— just as the spring came and the seasons began to change, I was just as often changing locations! The first weekend of March, I traveled to Perugia to see the infamous university town and to buy some yummy Italian chocolate!
The second weekend, I met Ensworth graduate Andrew Gallivan in Milan for a weekend full of fashion and site seeing, while we got the chance to catch up and explore the fashion capital of the world! He traveled back to Viterbo with me and it was so wonderful showing him around where I live, go to school, and introducing him to my host family!
After he left, I traveled the third weekend to Verbier, Switzerland, where I “luged” or sled down the entire mountain—a dangerous, but delightful feat. With just enough snow, Switzerland was so beautiful and we had a very green St. Patrick’s Day there!
That Monday initiated Ensworth spring break and Miller Morris (a fellow EHS senior) came to visit me here in Viterbo! She came to school with me one day and a few days after her arrival both her mom and my mom came to share our “Senior Spring Break.” After finishing school that Friday, we all traveled to Rome and spent the weekend there, walking around to see the La Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) and the Pantheon at night (my personal favorite site in Rome).
Upon my return to Viterbo, I was again quick in transit, en route to Florence for a four-day adventure with my school. Awestruck from the moment I arrived, I fell in love with Florence’s green and white polychrome-marble Duomo, the Baptistery, and the charm that entices all its streets. We spent our school days visiting the Bargello and Uffizi Museums, seeing such works of Donatello, Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli, and many others for Art History, attended a vespers service—sung in traditional church Latin—that has been in practice for the past 2,000 years, and many, many more activities.
From Florence, we were released for spring break and I left to go to Pisa, where I was for only a few hours (to see the Leaning Tower, of course) and then caught a flight from Pisa to London. In London, I met my Godmother and we spent 5 days there, seeing the Buckingham Palace, walking through the beautiful Royal Gardens, seeing the musical Matilda, attending Evensong at Westminster Abbey, visiting the Crowned Jewels, and later meeting up with Ensworth graduate Will DeCamp, who is studying abroad in London this semester, for dinner. With a day spent having high tea and with beautiful weather on others, I fell in love with London and would love the chance to go back one day!
After London, I flew and met my oldest sister Meg (who graduated from Ensworth Middle School in 2002) where we then ventured south to the Amalfi region of Italy in the quaint, seaside town of Sorrento. With sunshine and much to catch up on, my sister and I explored the town and one day ventured into Pompey to see the historic town’s ruins. After a few days in Sorrento, my dad joined us and we moved to Positano, a nearby town known as the “Vertical City” for the many stairs and mountainside setting that the town was founded on. With a beach and not too many tourists, we enjoyed our time together and spent Easter day travelling back to Viterbo. Upon our arrival, Viterbo was oddly chilly and rainy, but we sufficed and Meg and my dad spent three days with me, meeting my host family and enjoying the city that is my home away from home!
With many visits from both friends and family, March, as you can imagine, was adventurous, tiring, and an eye opening experience—an unforgettable month to say the least!