Monday, August 1, 2016

Love by Lecce: Week 4

Yes, that is me holding two wine glasses. As I had anticipated, this week went by very quickly. I feel like I was just writing my week 3 post and suddenly here we are again! I am officially halfway through this program and definitely feeling that homesickness in full force. With the Ohio State students leaving, and many of my other friends across Europe returning home, I feel anxious to also return home and begin my new adventures. This week was less eventful than the past few weeks, simply because we had exams to prepare for, but it was still nice nonetheless.

I decided to skip school this day. After arriving back from Florence on a super late train that didn't get me home until the hours after midnight, I was not up to reviewing for the exam we had on Wednesday. I also woke up with a pretty bad headache and decided that sleeping in and getting some work done would serve me better than trying to participate in class today. Monday was Grace, a student from Ohio State's birthday so although I didn't get to see her during school, we all went out for dinner at Fusion, a sushi restaurant in Lecce. After dinner, we went out for drinks and ended the night singing some rad 80s tunes in an Italian bar.
Tuesday we reviewed for the exam. That's basically it.
Wednesday was the first part of the exam which I think (without jinxing myself) went well! We had our cooking class this day instead of Tuesday and we made Puglian Italian pastries as well as some curly pasta (I'm really good with remembering names, can you tell?). While eating dinner after we completed the food, a kitten on the wall surrounding the outside area of the cooking class decided it wanted to join us. We successfully got her down from the wall and reveled in how adorable she was. We took turns petting her and letting her explore the area before having to say goodbye and return her to the wall. Apparently we loved her too much, because a few short minutes later she jumped down from the wall (A REALLY TALL WALL) and joined us inside. Oops! Didn't mean to bring cats into the kitchen. Because Wednesday was my birthday (yay!) we went out for drinks and food after class which was so much fun.
Thursday was the second part of the exam which had equal parts difficult and easy on it and I'm hoping I did well. I didn't do much else Thursday except sleep a lot, catch up on some work, and read.
Friday was the last day of class for those who left this weekend so we watched a movie and went out for gelato and other treats afterwards with everyone from the school and all the students. I said goodbye to the people who left Friday night who I had made friends with for the past four weeks. For dinner, Sophie and I went to the restaurant that is quickly becoming our go-to favorite, Boccon Divino. I got a plate of meat (literally it was sausages, a hamburger patty, bacon, chicken, beef, all on top of french fries) and chocolate soufflé and Sophie got seafood at tiramisu and we shared a bottle of wine between us!
Saturday, Sophie and I woke up and went shopping (without much luck unfortunately) before the July sales ended today! We picked up some Italian candies and makeup but besides that not much else. For dinner, all of us went out to Fratelli la Bufala since it was the very last night for the rest of the students leaving. We also saw the smallest dog ever.

Sunday was also a very relaxing day! Sophie came over to film some videos that I'll be sharing with you all soon, but besides that I showered, did some laundry, and got some reading done.


  1. Sounds like a fun time over there! That dessert!

  2. Sounds like you're having a great time! Happy belated birthday :)

    Michelle |

  3. Sounds like so much fun! That puppy is adorable!

    Cristina /

  4. Sounds like a blast :) Hope you're enjoying your program.

    xoxo, Jenny

  5. Oh, tests are no fun! But the rest of your program sounds like it's going really well!
    -Anna |

  6. All of your food look so delicious! This program sounds wonderful, minus the tests of course!

  7. Sounds like you're having a blast! Now I'm not only jealous about Italy, but the kitten and the puppy too! Also happy late birthday, even though I already said so on facebook, haha!


  8. Sounds like a great week. I bet you did great on your exams!

    Greta |

  9. Sounds like your having such a great time!!! I hope you past your exam with flying colours!

  10. Omg this sounds so amazing! We are currently trying to plan a trip to Italy. I would looooove recommendations!

  11. I'm so jealous! I hope you're having a great time!

  12. I'm so jealous of your adventures, hope you continue to have an amazing time!!
    xo, Laura

  13. Looks like you had a wonderful week and happy belated birthday!! That ice cream looks delish too!!!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  14. Carbs and puppies! Sounds good to me.