Michelangelo, Ticky Tackys & Leaning Tower

Sadly, today was our last day in Florence frown. 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.

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.

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.

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.

….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?”

Conquering Construction

We came, we saw, we conquered. Construction that is!

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.

A Job Well Done

Excitement and work had us scampering throughout the city of Lake Worth today, as we faced new challenges and tasks.

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.

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.