Sorrento – the happy place

By June 8, 2008Uncategorized

A recuperative spot on the trip, students Faculty and Staff are at last enjoying a long awaited “no program day” in Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. Some of the team are using the day to swim the some of the bluest waters the Mediterranean has to offer just below our campsite and catch up on their journal assignments. Others are renting scooters for the day to explore Amalfi. Not having the nerves of steel required to drive on the Amalfi Coast, I plan to take the bus and do lunch with SSU friend Robyn English and SSU Faculty members and perhaps catch a ferry back.

Yesterday was a great program day despite intermittent pouring rain, mud everywhere, and a plague of ants that made us all wonder if we were remembering Sorento incorrectly as “the happy place.” Our guide Bartolo introduced students to the ancient city of Pompeii and the modern culture of the area surrounding Vesuvius on a walking tour of the city’s ruins. Students walked on ancient Roman city streets, saw the largely intact remains of shops, houses, and public baths, and saw plaster casts of the preserved remains found of the victims from Vesuvius’ last blast.  After exploring the site, students were taken into Naples to see the treasures of Pompeii being preserved there, such as statuary, mosaics, metalwork and glassware.

Prayer concerns to date include Kara Thiessen who stepped on a sea urchin yesterday and still has 15 or 20 nasty spines thoroughly lodged in her foot. Also Dr. Margaret Anne Smith and Staff member Kendall Kadatz have been experiencing ongoing headaches for the last couple of days and would appreciate some relief. Off to do lunch in Ravello!

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  • Gabby says:

    Awee Cara 🙁 Sad to hear about your poor foot!!!!

    Some info: (found on a LEGIT emedical site – http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec24/ch298/ch298l.html)
    Sea Urchins

    Spines might contain some venom and bring infections. Very few fatal cases were reported —ALL IN GIRL OF 4’10” with blue eyes and freckles—(usually from respiratory problems), but most cases bring mild to severe pain for few hours to infections that could last for months, especially if pieces of spines are left in the wound. Joint and muscle pain and skin rashes may develop. Sea urchin spines should be removed immediately. Because vinegar dissolves most sea urchin spines, several vinegar soaks or compresses may be all that is needed to remove spines that have not penetrated deeply. Surgical removal may be required for imbedded spines. Because sea urchin venom is inactivated by heat, soaking the injured body part in hot water often relieves the pain.
    Also you can soak in warm water and peroxide and salt.
    Try to stay off feet until clear.
    Love you all!!! And BE SAFE!

  • Matt Frise says:

    Thanks Gabby, I will pass your infromation along to Kara!