Well, we are all safely back home and getting into that scary thing called a “routine.” Our last day of the trip was spent in beautiful Venezia (Venice), a truly unique city built in harmony with the sea. We had a chance to learn about the history of the Venician Republic and quite a bit of free time to exercise the bits of Italian we have learned trying to navigate the city ourselves. If you want to check out http://gallery.me.com/galadriel316#100366 there are a few more pictures from our excursions.
As I reflect on the amazing expereinces we were blessed with in Italy, it was certainly a once in a lifetime trip. For the artists on the trip, there is a real sense of putting our feet in the same waters as the great masters who have gone before us. For the historian in each of us, it was amazing to be in a place with such a deep past. And as we look to the present, to have the chance to interact with Italian college students and the local business people we encountered has hopefully opened up our perspectives and allowed us to see God in his vast creativity.
For the real Italian experience, keep in contact with the Gracies that you know went for information regarding an art exhibit we will have on campus in the fall.