We finally landed in Paderno del Grappa and had our first real day of classes. This quaint little mountain town is surrounded by rolling hilltops and luscious fields. I woke to the sound of chirping birds and opened the huge wooden window in my room to pear out at the mountains draped in a faint layer of fog. During my break within classes, I wandered to the cafe across from my university where I ordered my first un capuchino, per favore. I sipped my foamy drink while I watched the Italian children race around in the neighboring courtyard. The following night we strolled to the local pizza ristorante, Al Sole, where we ordered a pizza each to ourself. Italian pizza is a whole new level....so excited to call this place home for the next month :)
First trip to Jamaica but it will not be the last :) We stayed at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Montego Bay. This hotel was very nice and an ideal wedding spot. We were able to witness a different wedding along the beach almost every night we were there. We would spend all day wading in the warm, clear ocean water (definitely one of the best oceans I've been in). The pool bar overlooked the ocean and from a distant view they appeared to merge together, creating a breathtaking illusion. The best part of our entire vacation was when we decided to leave the resort and venture into a natural treasure within Jamaica. We went to the Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios where we were able to trudge against a powerful waterfall as we climbed the limestone steps (and tried not to slip). We were able to even to fall backwards into the waterfall and emerge completely underwater down a natural slide. We loved getting to know all the animated workers and listening to their experiences living within the real Jamaica, and not just the one we were experiencing behind the sheltered gates of our resort.