Tuesday February 14
Today started out as a normal day of classes and going out to eat but it ended with having the best gelato I have had this trip or the last time I was here. Frigidarium which was about a 5 minute walk from where we had dinner is known for their Frigidarium flavor. This flavor consists of caramel and hazelnut with chocolate cookie pieces. If that doesn't sound good enough they top the cone with a whole chocolate cookie and then dip the ice cream into chocolate that forms a crunch coating on the outside. It was AMAZING. Not only did it taste amazing, we got two scoops with the chocolate top all for only 2 euros. This was an amazing cone and price for a huge scoop of gelato. We spent the rest of the night discussing how that is going to become our new Tuesday ritual. I cannot wait until next Tuesday.
Wednesday February 15
One of our assignments this semester involves pairing up with a local school and working together with an Italian student. Today was the day that we met the students. My partners name is Diana (shes 19 like me) and luckily her english is really good. It was pretty cool being able to learn about the differences between our schooling. One of the main differences is that she only goes to school till 1:30 and she also only has about an hour of homework a day. I cannot believe that our schools are so different. I took her on a tour of the campus and we had a nice conversation getting to know each other. It was an interesting experience and I look forward to seeing her again.
Thursday February 16
Today started out as a normal school day but ended with a wine tasting. One of our professors this semester is a well known tour guide in Rome and has given tours to actors and famous people from around the world. Well it turns out in addition to being a well known tour guide she and her husband are sommeliers. She was going to be leading us through our wine tasting this evening. We head downstairs after dinner to find what is usually our classroom transformed into a room where we can sit and experience this tasting of wine. The room was filled with snacks, glasses and even a program that included what we would be tasting. We had 6 wines total; 1 Prosecco, 2 white, 2 red, and a dessert wine. Turns out I don't really like wine. I definitely preferred the Prosecco over any of the other and the white over the red but honestly I would just stick with my glass of water rather than wine. It was a nice experience though to learn about the 5 S's of wine tasting. They are sight, swirl, smell, sip, savor. I am happy that I got to experience this and know the proper way to drink wine even if I don't necessarily like it. The best part about the fact that my professor lead the wine tasting was that I had class with her that morning, then saw her again for the wine tasting and then I would be seeing her everyday this weekend as she was leading my group on our tour around northern Italy. I am going to be spending a lot of time with my professor. Better make sure I brush up on my church design plans and fresco painting techniques. We leave nice and early tomorrow morning.
I'm Sabrina Kirsch a sophmore physical therapy student at Duquesne University. I will be spending the spring semester of 2017 in Rome, Italy where I will eat my way through all the gelato and pasta they offer. My goal is to see everything possible and visit as many countries as possible.