June 16, 2018
After a long semester of waiting, I am finally in Italy!! Here it is 6:30, which means it is 11:30 back in Norman. It is everything I hoped it would be and more. I have been here for a week now and every day I am in awe of the beauty and the culture I am surrounded by. The town of Arezzo, where OU has its campus, is in the middle of Italy. It is home to many artists, chefs, business owners and others who are driven by the passion they have for their work. Each meal is a cherished time to spend with those around you and it is crafted with care and skill. The culture is enriched with so much history and many traditions that go back for centuries. So far, we have seen much of Arezzo, eaten a lot of pasta (and some sushi), and even learned how to make pasta with an amazing chef, Fabio. I have loved appreciating the many flowers, colorful shudders, and passion-filled restaurants we have come across, even though most times they are found through missed turns and aimless wandering. Although some of the locals appear hesitant to reach out to outsiders, they are so so kind when they can tell we are trying to be respectful and want to get to know them. I am completely in love with this country and cannot wait to explore as much of it as I can!
Ciao for now, Mackenzie