After almost three months together, these past few days have been our last. After tearful goodbyes to our local friends on Sunday night and Monday morning, we boarded our bus and headed for three days in Venice. It was a little cloudy our first afternoon, but the weather was amazing for the rest of the time.
On Tuesday most of the students went with History teacher Ryan to explore Venice’s picturesque fish and vegetable market, which takes place every morning just steps from the Rialto bridge. Afterward, we met our tour guide Louisella for a tour of San Marco Cathedral and some other neighborhoods and back streets throughout the city. After that, we had a day and a half of free time to explore the alleys and canals of Venice. Finally, on Wednesday night, we had our very last dinner together, and each student and faculty received a small notebook to pass around and collect memories and messages.
Thursday morning, students and faculty got up early and boarded a boat to the bus station, and then caught a bus to the airport. After a last round of goodbyes, students boarded their planes for home.
Now that the semester is done, we want to thank every student, parent, faculty, staff, and administrator who has worked to make this program so life-changing for so many people. And thank you all for following us on this journey! We’re sad to lose such an amazing group, but we’re already looking forward to our next set of students in just a few weeks!