When we first arrived, Courtney and I were really excited to be settled in Santa Chiara, so the idea of a run the next morning was a great way to celebrate putting down roots in this new small town. We started a routine of jogging down in the valley below the walls of the city, where we can see the beautiful landscape and houses that fill the gorgeous view from Santa Chiara. One thing that I have noticed on these runs is that the yards of every house—both front and back—are filled with many of the plants that we have learned about and seen on our trip so far. We have noticed many an olive tree randomly planted in the corners of yards, as well as beautiful arrangements of bougainvillea, pansies, roses, and more. We have seen fields of poppies that fill the landscape with bright red color, along with wildflowers in the grasses that bring lots of other color to the landscape as we jog.
|Courtney with her hot milk|
Regardless of our somewhat frequent language barrier, we both have fun identifying the plants and flowers along our runs, as well as the different vegetables, fruits, and drinks that we discussed in class before we came. It has been interesting to actually apply the information from class to our everyday lives and routines as we start each day here at Santa Chiara.