Welcome to Perugia
Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
10Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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The plane ride here went pretty well, save a delay in Washington. A "suspicious package" caused a partial evacuation in Dulles and a few of our passengers and a lot of our baggage were delayed
I arrived in Rome and met a group of other Umbra Institute students in the arrival area. We waited a bit for another flight and I found out that Italians like their water fizzy when I opened it and it sprayed on my bag! It's kind of like sparkling water, but without the flavor. Then we boarded a bus for the three-hour drive to Perugia, and all of us passed out from exhaustion. Before falling asleep, I appreciated the beautiful Italian countryside--sheep, steep hills, quaint farm houses with satellite dishes, and all kinds of teeny tiny cars on the highway. After arriving at Hotel Gio on the outskirts of Perugia, I spent a few hours getting freshened up and getting to know one of my seven roommates (our hotel rooms are assigned by apartment) and some other people from her college. I love the people here already--everyone is so interesting and we have lots to talk about
After dinner, a large group of us went exploring since we just couldn't wait for the walking tour tomorrow. We found beautiful old stone buildings, winding roads, statues, and a fountain--just what you would expect from a true Italian city. Perugia is so hilly! I'm definitely not worried about eating too much here with all the walking we'll be doing around town. We discovered a giant escalator up into the city center and found one of our group's apartments by accident. Then we found a beautifully lit festival celebrating the Catholic holiday that commemorates the wise men's visit to the baby Jesus.
Tomorrow we move into our apartments and I'm so excited to see what it looks like, along with the city of Perugia during the day! I'm going to spend lots of time exploring and hopefully pick up some Italian along the way. Next week is all about intensive Italian, so that should give me a great jumping off point. More as soon as I can--wi-fi isn't readily available here so I'll be limited in my Internet access. Until then, ciao!