Is Pesto a Vegetable?

I’m going to convince myself that is a yes.

As you can imagine the food here is amazing. Thanks mom for fixing vegetables every day I was home because they are MIA in my current diet. I had this realization last night so I got a decent sized salad at dinner…with a spinach and cheese ravioli. We’re all managing to justify it by saying it is still our first week here. Stuffed pesto gnocchi has been one of the best things I have had here so far. The central market, which just happens to be steps from my door, has a variety of different restaurants on its second floor. The fabulous pasta place where I got the gnocchi just happens to be one of them. I have been to the market almost everyday since I have been here. It is so interesting walking around the first floor and seeing all of the fresh meat, bread, cheese, and produce. One booth sold pig brains and feet and we all gagged at the thought someone actually ate those.

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fresh produce stand

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make your own trail mix with organic dried fruit and nuts

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The best dish I’ve had so far-ham and cheese stuffed pesto gnocchi in a herb onion butter sauce

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today’s sandwich special-ham, cheese, lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, & hummus spread

Today began the study part of study abroad. We had a two hour walking tour of the city guided by a professor. She gave us insightful details about all the history and her favorite places to go/eat. We got to go browse around in a few churches and see all of the intricate details. After a break to go file a permit of stay and grab a bite to eat, we started our survival italian crash course. My professor did a great job at making a two hour long class so by quick and be fun. We basically learned what they teach kindergardeners, numbers, alphabet, how to introduce yourself, and ask questions. In the last minute he assigned us a lot more homework than we had anticipated on ever getting. That really let the study aspect sink in quick. I’m actually procrastinating doing my homework by writing this.

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We all decided to get cell phones while we were here to take out with us in case of emergencies. iPhones supposedly are a hot item to be pick pocketed. PicCell provided us with a nice flashback to middle school. I am now the proud owner of an almost vintage Samsung basic phone. Here’s a reminder if you forget what they look like. Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 5.29.42 PM

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