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Michelangelo, Ticky Tackys & Leaning Tower

Sadly, today was our last day in Florence . I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Today was especially outstanding due to the educational experience at both the Galleria Degli Uffizi and the Galleria Dell Accademia. We had to take this photo. Here we were able to gaze upon the works of Boticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and most notably, Michelangelo’s David. The afternoon was reserved for further sightseeing. Kristin and I went to “the market” which is exactly what you’re picturing - an outdoor market where you can buy gold, leather and, as our tour guide Markus would say, “ticky tackys.” Later...

Firenze & Sienna

The last two nights in Firenze, as the locals call Florence, were amazing! When we arrived, I was taken aback by the beautiful Hotel Roma. Shortly after, we took a guided walking tour of the city during which we saw the city’s famous cathedral. The following day we went by bus to Sienna, a truly wonderful medieval city. Known for a yearly horse race around the town center, the city also boasts grand churches and cathedrals. One had the most beautiful marble design I have ever seen. However, the highlight of the day was a delicious and filling Tuscan-style lunch. Michael

Getting Lost in Venice

Today we traveled to the unique and very beautiful city of Venice. The drive from Lake Garda to Venice is about two hours. The long bus ride allowed our tour guide Marcus to give us an in-depth history lesson of Venice as we enjoyed the beautiful scenery. A gondola ride along the Venice Canal Since Venice is an island, the bus dropped us off at a dock. The 20-minute boat ride to Venice provided great photo opportunities to capture the beautiful architecture. When we arrived, Marcus guided us through the outskirts of the city, most notably to St. Mark’s Square. St. Mark’s Basilica is...

On the Shores of Lake Garda

Thanks to adrenaline, many shots of espresso and pure excitement, we have managed to have a wonderful day despite having slept less than three hours. After a smooth, but lengthy flight, we landed in the beautiful city of Milan. From there, we met up with our enthusiastic tour guide Markus, who took us to beautiful Sirmione, the pearl of the Lake Garda region, where we began our adventure. The lighthouse in Desenzano Upon arrival we marveled at the incredible architecture of the Rocca Scaligera castle that sits picturesquely on the shores of Lake Garda. The castle, which once was known for its...

….and we’re off!

After shuffling through security at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, all 34 travelers are excited to get to Italy. We have filled up on bagels and coffee as we anxiously await our first flight to Newark. Kristin Miller, Jen Paglio and I are sitting here brushing up on our Italian. Did you know “ a presto ” means “catch you later?” A Presto! Julie DiBiasio Italy, here we come!

Conquering Construction

We came, we saw, we conquered. Construction that is! On our final day at the site, we split up again. Most of the girls went to a new site and had the opportunity to perfect the art of hammering nails – something we learned a few days earlier. In fact, we set up all interior walls of a house! The boys and one lone girl stayed at the second site, setting up the frame of the roof for the home they were working on. We were sad to leave our newly made friends from the construction site. The crew has been outstandingly helpful to us in this endeavor. It honestly would have been impossible to have...

15 Minutes of Fame

Doing good deeds helps you get to good places in life. It can help you land a nice job in a good location, for example. Or it can provide you with the best reward that can come from volunteering – the satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment in seeing your actions make a difference in someone’s life. Well, today it also got us our 15 minutes of fame. This morning a camera man filming for the YMCA came into our room and followed us through our routine of getting ready, packing and loading the vans. He then followed us to the work site and filmed parts of our daily safety meeting. Some of the...

A Job Well Done

Excitement and work had us scampering throughout the city of Lake Worth today, as we faced new challenges and tasks. Not only did we scale roof tops and collect trash, we were also able to finish setting up the walls to the new abode we are constructing. This allowed us to start putting up plywood. We were able to develop and strengthen our arm muscles as much of the day consisted of hammering nails through inches of wood and concrete. Although the relentless sun beat down on us, we worked through the grueling conditions. Covered in dirt and dust, and with blisters starting to grow on our...

Getting to Work

Today was our first day of real work! Sure, the road trip down to Florida had its challenges, but we managed to overcome those obstacles and reach our destination safe and sound. Our initial day at the construction site, on the other hand, could have been a completely different story. We took our challenges with grace and diligence throughout the day, knocking down any tasks that were given to us. During the early portion of the morning, the majority of the group picked up some pails and paint brushes, going to work on the sides and under the roof. The rest of us walked across the street to...

Coming Together for a Purpose

Early Saturday morning, we, the Notre Dame College students volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in West Palm Beach, Fla., this week, scurried away from the bitterly cold weather of Cleveland and fled south in search for something more than warm temperatures, sunny days and beautiful beaches. After all, if we learned anything from last year’s trip to Jacksonville, it was that Florida’s weather is perfectly capable of mimicking Cleveland’s. We came here for a much greater purpose. We came here to help build a home for people less fortunate than us. West Palm Beach’s pleasant weather is a nice...



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