And now begins my final/3rd week of Spring Break travels! After my mom left Rome on Friday, April 13th (yes, she flew on Friday the 13th), I headed to Siena to see one of my best friends, Florence. I took the bus from Rome and it was a neat ride to see a little bit of the Tuscan countryside. I arrived in Siena Friday morning and Florence was waiting for me at the bus stop. We were finally reunited together in Europe and I couldn’t wait to see the lovely city she had been studying in for the semester. We went to her apartment where I got to meet her sweet roommates and then we went to check-in at my bed-and-breakfast. The owner of my bed-and-breakfast was really helpful and nice, but it was an interesting experience eating breakfast with everyone at a small, 6 person table. The whole weekend we walked around town and shopped in the neat stores. I got a few souvenirs from Siena because I just fell in love with the small town… and a few souvenirs for myself!
Reunited and it feels so good!
On Saturday evening Florence, I, and a lot of her friends went to a cooking class. It was for sure one of my highlights of spring break! We had about 3 hours of cooking and the best part… we got to eat the food too! We learned how to make noodles by hand, make the sauce for the pasta, a delicious bruschetta, as well as chicken and dessert. All of us girls had a wonderful time and it was so cool taking a class from an authentic Italian chef (we had a translator to help!) When we weren’t in cooking classes we were cooking at their apartment, which I didn’t realized how much I missed until I was here. It definitely makes me excited to have my own apartment at Wofford in the fall.
Rolling out our noodles in class
The whole group!
Monday I went to the Duomo, or the cathedral, in Siena which is incredible. There was an overlook of the whole town and it was breathtaking. The entire cathedral was great and I loved touring around it.
Outside the Duomo earlier in the weekend
Duomo- View from the top
The whole weekend was so much fun and just what I needed- time with a close friend, relaxation, and delicious food and cooking! We had a great time and it was a much needed break from sightseeing and being so busy. We got to catch up and I got to try a little taste of Tuscany all at the same time. I have to say I will DEFINITELY be back to Tuscany at some point in my life.