I apologize that it has been over a month since my last blog! I have a lot to fill everyone in on. After our great trip to Madrid I went to Italy to see my girlfriend, Jennifer, who is studying in Rome for the semester. We met in Bologna first as one of our favorite artists Iron & Wine was performing there. The show and the city were great. The city is home to the oldest university in Europe and some great cuisine. We stayed in a great Bed and Breakfast with a great host.
After that we went back to Rome for a couple of days. I was able to meet some of Jen’s friends and see some amazing sights like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Once, again the food was great–as was the weather.
After a great weekend in Italy, I only had to wait a week until my sister Samantha was in Leuven, Belgium to visit. The week was great. It was as if i got to go home for a bit. Sam and I visited Antwerp and Brugge where we enjoyed the art, architecture, and culture of a few famous Belgian cities. While I certainly missed the Italian weather, the trips were nonetheless a lot of fun.
After Samantha’s departure, it was back to focusing on studies and football. Unfortunately we Lions are experiencing a rough season with lots of injuries and few wins. However, our camaraderie has not dipped–though our spirits might. Only one more game for me as a Lion; next sunday we will play the Limburg Shotguns, a new but talented addition to the FFL.
It has been great being able to see Jen this semester; just two weeks ago she was on spring break and after trips to Greece and Barcelona, she found herself in not-so-sunny Belgium. I will see her again when we go on our Easter trip to Italy. We have scheduled trips to Florence, Tuscany, Rome, and Ponza. We are looking forward to spending some time on the beach before we return to our studies.
The past two weeks the sun has found its way to Belgium and as it warms the air the days are growing longer and longer. The sun doesn’t set until seven and we haven’t even “sprung ahead.” We’ll already be looking at eight p.m. sunsets in March!
The next few days some park visiting and outside studying are in order as we relax in the seemingly alien sunlight. We have waited a long time to see it and now that it’s here we’re going to take advantage of it.