Our trip is off to an exciting start, full of lots of laughter, enthusiasm, learning—and of course, a generous helping of Italian pasta and gelato! From our home base in Salerno, we have made three day trips: to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, the historic sites of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius, and the idyllic island of Capri. Among other adventures, we have jumped into the salty, cool waters of the Mediterranean, ate gelato on the steps of the dramatic Amalfi cathedral, climbed to the top of the famous volcano of Mt. Vesuvius, learned new composition techniques in photography workshops set on the Cliffside of Capri, and interviewed active archaeologists on the dig sites of Pompeii. We have made new friends as we share stories and play games at dinner, practice new Italian phrases, work on projects in small groups, and reflect on our days together in all-group meetings.