by guest blogger Tom
I just got back from an overnight trip with my class to southern Italy. We left on a Tuesday morning. I met my teacher and the other students at the bus stop at 7:00 am for a five-hour drive down to Pompeii to visit the ancient ruins.
During the bus ride down, kids listened to music on their phones to pass the time. I played Uno with my friend Luca. Halfway through the trip, we stopped at an Autogrill to eat lunch and buy a snack. I bought two big bags of marshmallows.
We stayed at the Hotel Vittoria near Naples. We arrived around noon and checked in. The hotel itself was good. I shared a room with Matteo and Giovanni. There were no teachers or chaperones in our room telling us when to go to bed so I stayed up until 1 am listening to music and watching a movie. Only one unfortunate thing happened while we were there. I was playing with a toy that Matteo brought. It was a squishy ball filled with powder that stretches into many different shapes. When I was trying to twist it into a face, it suddenly exploded and sent white powder everywhere. It was all over the beds, the chairs, the carpet and all over me. It took forever to clean up.
Unfortunately, the food wasn’t so great during the trip. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room of our hotel. Dinner was pasta with ragu, steak and potatoes and then gelato for dessert. Lunch was gnocchi, potatoes, chicken and gelato. For breakfast we were served a bagged croissant and a jar of pear juice. (American breakfasts are so much better.) During the trip, we stopped for a gelato break three times. Italian kids eat so much ice cream.
During our first afternoon, we went to look at the Pompeii ruins with a guide. Pompeii is an ancient city that was buried by ash in 79 AD after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It was interesting for a little bit, but after a while it got hot and I became tired. At the end of the tour, we visited the museum which displays casts of humans who were buried by the ash. We also saw the houses and stores where those people lived and worked. We spent most of the day in Pompeii and got back to the hotel around 8pm
During the second day we visited Il Antro della Sibilla a Cuma which is a cluster of caves up in the hills. These caves used to be the homes of fortune tellers during the time of the ancient Romans. People could visit and ask the women (called sibyls) a question about their fate and the women would give them a vague answer. We spent about three hours up there looking at the caves. There were lots of plants and trees and geckos. And there was a great view of the ocean too.
Before we got on the bus to go back to Perugia, we stopped at another gelateria. I got a popsicle shaped as a watermelon with chocolate for the seeds. Then, we headed home. During the bus ride, we played “monkey in the middle” with a bottle of water, but after a while, the teacher told us to stop so we sat quietly until we arrived in Perugia. My parents and Ray were waiting for me. I went to sleep as soon as I got home, but I still felt tired for the next few days.