venezia —> arezzo


Today we moved from the fast pace of colorful Venezia to the tranquility of Arezzo. We hit the ground running in Venice which allowed us to see so much in our short time there, but I am excited for the more homey feel of Arezzo. On the way, we stopped in Firarra which gave us a little preview of the slower Italian life.

Rain sprinkled down, as we walked around the town and into the church. It has been so hot in Venice, so it was refreshing to have a little rainfall. I enjoyed the small town feel here similar to how it is in Edmond. Although Oklahoma and Italy seem to be in different worlds, I think it’s amazing you can still find similarities.

The five hour bus ride was completely worth it when we were passing through the tuscan hillsides. Looking out the bus window truly felt like a dream which sounds cheesy, but it’s true. After arriving in Arezzo, we had a welcome dinner in the garden of the monastery where the dream-like scenery continued! The smell of lavender, endless Tuscan hills, and delicious pasta made for a beautiful evening. Peyt had told me so much about OUA, and I finally got to experience a glimpse of it.  It was also great to meet up with the rest of the group that didn’t go to Venice. I am looking forward for spending more time with my PCS friends, but more so the people I don’t know as well. At dinner, I sat by my family leader, Matt Nash, who I don’t know very well, but we bonded over movies, so I have a good feeling about it.  After our meal I noticed little pink clouds forming and from where I was sitting I couldn’t see the sunset directly, but I knew it was gonna be a good one. I got up from my seat and walked back until I could see the vibrant sun setting over the tuscan hillside (IN OUR BACKYARD. basically)

This was such a warm welcoming moment. The sunset made me feel at home instantly. I felt this comfort that even though I’m in a different country, I’m still under the same sky.

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