On our first Italy-based study trip, we went to the tip of the boot. On our second Italy-based stage, we went to the complete opposite part of the country. Friulli Venezia Giulia is Italy's most north-eastern region. We started on the Adriatic Sea with views of Slovenia and ended in the Carnia and Alpine mountains close to Austria. The trip was well organized with a wide ranging selection of activities including: a lesson and tasting all about coffee at illy; fishing-related lesson on a boat in the Gulf of Trieste; a visit to Zidarich winery; a tour of San Daniele del Friuli ham consortium; a trip to a small farm with abundant fruits and vegetables grown to make fruit juices, syrups and jams; an early morning departure into the mountains only for the bus to get stuck on the narrow dirt roads so that we have to walk hours, frolicking in wildlife and along the road with the cows to reach a tiny family run farm to see fresh cheese being made; a tour of Wolf ham factory - prosciutto that actually has windows to let the wind in for the curing process; and a brainstorming information session at a flour facility that needed our gastronomic experience to help with marketing it's product abroad. with each study trip, the students get to know each other a little bit more, more laughs together, more talks about food, more pictures of food, and ultimately, never want the "holiday" to end.
these pictures aren't very good. but they capture the moment when i thought to myself, i am really happy and i need to take a picture. for as many pictures i take, i was too busy laughing and being in the moment that i forgot to take pics. so this is all i have of that moment, but will always have the memory. wow, i'm cheesey.
maybe this one is better (photoshop arina in):