Today we woke up and and went to Mt. Vesuvius. We drove halfway up, and walked the rest of the way. On the walk up, we saw some beautiful views, found some souvenirs for our families, and fell a couple of times. In the crater of the volcano, we found a little bit of smoke. There were some predictions on what they thought would happen, which scared most of us. On the way down, we got to run! We only ran because we thought the bus was gonna leave us. Fortunately, the bus waited for us. Going down, there were some more falls, and some more laughs. I loved Mt. Vesuvius!
After Mt. Vesuvius, we drove to Pompeii. When we got there we all went to different restaurants for lunch. My friends and I went to a sandwich shop and got gelato. After lunch we met up again, and walked to the gates of Pompeii. We met our tour guide, Vincentzo. The first thing we saw was the gladiator school, we saw where they trained and where they slept. After that we walked to the smaller theatre, it was so big that it could fit 1,000 people. It was huge! The tour guide have us a chance to get up in front on the theatre and yell, the acoustics were loud, so the people in the back of the theatre could hear what the thespians were saying. On the way to the bigger theatre we stopped at this wall that had a lot of graffiti from the people of Pompeii. We got to the bigger theatre, and it was huge and could fit 5,000. We got to go to the top of the theatre and take pictures. There was an amazing view of Pompeii from the top. After that we went to streets of Pompeii, they were very bumpy. There were these three random stone blocks in the middle of the street, up and down all of the streets. Vincentzo told us that they were for when it rained, and all of the streets were flooding, so the people wouldn’t get wet and their sandals wouldn’t get ruined. After that we went to an ancient fast food restaurant. Then we went to a gymnasium. There was a pool, indoor pool, 3 steam showers, hot, medium, and cold, heated floors, and the only building in Pompeii that has the ceiling and art on the ceiling still intact. Inside that building we saw two men, victims of the volcano. One was a slave, and you could tell because you could see his belt, the other was a rich man, and you could tell because you could see his shoes. From there we walked to the trading and market center. We also saw a ton of clay pots, in the middle was a cast of a man just sitting there. From there, there was also an amazing view of Mt.Vesuvius.
Next, we visited Villa Ida were we had a cooking class. First, we learned how to pick lemons and their leaves. Then we learned how to cut up yummy mozzarella, and potatoes. After that we made the meatballs. We used our hands to mush soaked, stale bread, eggs, and more weird ingredients together. The process of putting meatballs in the right shape was really hard. While two thirds of the group grilled egg plants and the meatballs, the other part of the group squeezed the lemon juice. Once the lemon juice was fully squeezed, the whole group went to make the dessert. For dessert, we made tiramisu. We used lady fingers, coffee, custard, and chocolate powder. The tiramisu made most of our group very hyper. After the meal was ready, we sat down to eat. Some food was better than others. At the end of our meal, we got certificates that stated that we successfully passed the cooking lesson at Villa Ida.
– Eden Kerker and Holland Carlton