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!