As our departure for CR 11 gets closer and closer, I can’t help but think about the flurry of meetings, fears, and excitements that the past few months have been as we all try to figure out the mystery of Cultural Routes. Additionally, I’ve started to think about what CR means to me, and what exactly will happen during our almost four week trek in Europe together.
This experience represents a lot of firsts for me. First time in Europe, first flight by myself, first layover, the list goes on and on. Even though the thought of tackling all of these new experiences at once can be intimidating, I know that there is no other place I would rather be visiting or group of people I would want to be taking on these challenges with.
One first that I can’t wait to experience is traveling to Italy. I know that, as in Professor Pitcock’s words, “Italy will still be there” while we’re in every other country and city, but it’s hard not to get excited about visiting a place I’ve wanted to travel to my whole life. Specifically, I think Florence will be a pretty magical place.
When talking to past CR alumni, they all praised the beautiful art and culture of Florence. Even those who weren’t big art fans couldn’t help but feel connected to the history of the city, walking the same streets as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. One even said it gave him “a Kansas City kinda vibe”. I don’t really know what that means, but I’m pretty sure it’s a complement.
While listening to stories of exploring ancient museums during the day and eating gelato while listening to Italian music at night, it can’t help but seem like a movie to me, maybe a mixture of Roman Holiday and the Lizzie McGuire movie. It makes me realize yet again just how special an opportunity this is, and how happy I am to get to live my own Italian movie with such an amazing CR team. I can’t wait to go on this adventure and see how we all learn and grow, as well as eat TONS of Italian gelato. Also I’m sure the other countries will be pretty cool too.
Until next time,