This is the Beginning! There is so much a head, and I can’t wait to soak every bit of it up. Today I feel like I got my real first impression of Arezzo. I love how the town is set up with the different piazzas and the warm tones of the buildings. First, we had an orientation meeting at the monastery which made me excited for 1) what’s ahead and 2) getting to know the OUA staff. The moment Charlotte mentioned her major was Spanish, I couldn’t wait to talk with her because that is also mine (at the moment). I don’t know what I going do when I get to “the real world”, but I know I want to speak Spanish. Charlotte told me not to worry about the logistics of my major/minor and just learn the language, which is honestly the best advice I’ve received.
After our meeting, we got a personal tour of Arezzo with the one and only Lucio. One thing he said that stood out to me was about the impact OUA has had on the Arezzo community. He told us that OU students are known around here, and I think that so special and important because everywhere we go, we are representing more than ourselves. I can feel that pressure (in a good way) as we walk the streets, and I hope we can better the community even outside of our service project. The highlight of our little tour was the park the overlooked all of Arezzo. Walking up to the little brick wall, I just had to pause for a moment and take it in. I was really trying to see every bit of it with my eyes, so I can recall it from my memories and not just from pictures. Not to say that I didn’t take pictures…
As if this day couldn’t get any better, we spent the evening at Kirk’s house playing games and enjoying a cookout. Soon after we got there, I was just floating around when I heard one of my favorite songs playing in the background. As the melody of “In My life” by The Beatles sang through the night, I thought how perfectly it described my feelings.
“There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all”
I thought of all the places I’ve been and I’m gonna go and the beautiful people I’ve experienced them with. Arezzo is one of those place I know I will never forget, and I will always recall it with great joy.