With School Year Abroad, you are free to take trips with friends, but there are also a number of trips you take with the whole school. We went to Pisa and Lucca independently, but in February it was time for another all-school trip — this time to Naples and Pompeii.
Naples was in the middle of a trash crisis during our visit, and there was trash everywhere. The city had apparently run out of landfills, and there was some mob-related reason why more weren’t being built. Suffice it to say, we saw a lot of trash:
Pompeii was another level of breathtaking. It was astonishing to see how close the ancient city — and Mount Vesuvius — are to Naples, a city of over 3 million people. Mount Vesuvius is still an active volcano, in case you didn’t know.
A few photos from Pompeii, with Vesuvius in the background:
I couldn’t believe how well-preserved the city was. Nearly 2,000 years later, you can still see paintings on the walls of the local brothel:
Some of the remains were harder to look at:
But in all, it was a beautiful city and a great trip.
Author’s note: I wrote the post above during the academic year of 2007-2008 when, not knowing one word of Italian, I decided to spend the year in Italy living with a host family. I went through School Year Abroad (SYA), a program I cannot recommend highly enough.