This past weekend, I went to the ruins of Pompeii. About 79 A.D., Pompeii was destroyed by a nearby volcano, Vesuvius. Pompeii was buried under ash for about two thousand years; as a result, the city was preserved, and today it serves as a huge archeological site.
Pompeii was amazing. Walking down the cobblestone streets, it blew my mind to think that families actually lived in these destroyed houses 2,000 years ago. Even more, it was interesting to see how these ancient people worshiped their deities. The temples of Apollo and Jupiter are still standing. There are still some faded paintings depicting the people of Pompeii participating in a festival for Apollo.
Everything is still there. There's a forum, a market, palaces, theatre and even a brothel. Even though much of Pompeii is open to the public, there are multiple sites still being excavated. It's crazy to think that there is still more to see; there is still so much more to discover!
The weather and the wind was terrible this past weekend, and I did not get a chance to go to Vesuvius. They prohibit travel up the mountain when the weather is nasty. I guess it would be bad for business to have someone fall into a volcano... so they just keep everyone off the volcano altogether. Even through the terrible weather, I still had an amazing time.
This week is Thanksgiving, and Italians obviously don't recognize the holiday, but the many American students are still trying to have a proper Thanksgiving meal. Its funny watching some of these Americans; a couple of my friends have never as so much as boiled water in the kitchen, but they are attempting to make a pumpkin pie this week. So, I'm not sure how this Thanksgiving meal will turn out, but at least I'll be with friends.