The SSU travel team arrived in Asissi yesterday evening after some delays that were nerve racking for student Charles Carmody who lost the keys to his rented scooter and would be required to pay 200 Euro if they did not materialize. Fortuantely the keys were found all rolled up in his tent mate’s sleeping bag. Meanwhile, the rest of the group enjoyed their first and last taste of honest Sorrento sunshine while drinking cappucinos, and were appreciating the delay so much that bus driver Chris offered to ‘lose the keys’ for awhile. Nevertheless, we were off down a bumpy road into Italy’s interior and the quiet little town once home to St. Francis called Asissi.
Last night we were treated to night off cooking in the campsite restaurant with a meal of lasagne followed by Guinea fowl and potatoes braised with basil and a panna cotta for dessert, all while watching the Netherlands soundly defeat Italy 3-0 in a Euro cup match on the big screen TV. Most slept soundly after our adventures in Sorrento (our “rest” stop).
Students are presently taking in a lecture by Dr. Margaret Anne Smith on the C.S. Lewis novel Until We Have Faces for their mythology and literature course. Later in the afternoon we will explore the town of Asissi and the haunts formerly of St. Franicis and now of the Franciscan monks who continue in his legacy.