Loving Sorrento
Sorrento, Fall 2011
October 31, 2011

My creative writing class is demanding but unique. Being the only student in the class makes it unlike any course I’ve ever taken. We are studying famous and mostly travel oriented writers of the past like Daniel Defoe, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway. I also have quite a large story project I am working on. Sometimes we head down to the harbor and sit on the dock just to write in a nice environment.

Kayla and I  started to frequent the Naples Aquarium with our marine biology teacher. The Naples Aquarium is the oldest in the world and we were able to see an archive with preserved specimens dating back hundreds of years. They even have preserved bodies of extinct marine organisms that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. During the tour of the archive, our teacher would stop at a certain marine animal specimens and go into detail about which pasta and sauce to eat it with.…..only in Italy. After one of our visits we got VIP access to the basement of the museum where they rehabilitate turtles and study the behavior of octopi.

All of our courses are good so far and this past week we had most of our midterms. We have one more today and tomorrow is a national holiday, so tonight we’ll go out, listen to my teacher play music and bring some American charm to Sorrento by celebrating Halloween!!

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