During the past February vacation, I was part of a group of EPHS chorus students who traveled to Italy and performed at different locations. We visited Sicily, the towns of Roccella Jonica, and the Amalfi Coast.
At first, I was not too sure if I wanted to spend the money to go on the trip, but I am glad that I did. The trip was one I will never forget and a once in a lifetime opportunity. My fellow singers and I are now able to say that we swam in the Mediterranean on the Amalfi Coast when we were eighteen. How many people can say that?!
Not only were the views amazing, but there was a lot to learn. The Greeks and the Romans created many things that we know and use today. For example, the architecture was a sight to see. Throughout Italy, stadiums with bleachers ascending from the middle were an idea taken from the Greeks. They were built in a way that allowed sound to travel to all seats in the amphitheater. Our group sang in the pulpit in the Greek Amphitheater in Taormina, Sicily and I was amazed at how easily people could hear us from the highest seats. We also sang in the Cathedral Amalfi, for the students of a school in Roccella Jonica. I was proud to represent Americans as we sang for the audience.
Being in a different country is also a tremendous cultural experience. I can now even speak a few words in Italian. I learned how to say ciao (hello), grazie (thank you), prego (your welcome), and aqua natural par favore (natural water please). One of my favorite parts was being able to meet the Italian students and soccer players. Interacting with kids my own age and trying to have a conversation was quite an experience. The language barrier made it difficult, but it was still fun.
Like my fellow travelers in the EPHS Chorus, I could go on and on about my trip to Italy. The experience is hard to describe in words, it was that incredible. I recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to travel to Italy – or any other country – should embrace the chance because you never know when the opportunity will come again. Remember that you should never forget where you came from – but go see the world…and to my fellow Italy travelers, I say You Only Live Once.
Ciao bellos e bellas!