A lucky group of Harrison students had the opportunity to visit Italy and Greece over spring break.
The trip, which was intended for juniors and seniors, has been planned for a couple of years now.
The group flew from Chicago to Switzerland, and from Switzerland they flew to Rome.
They hit the ground running and toured Rome for three days.
They visited all of the iconic monuments, like the Coliseum, the Forum, Trevi Fountain, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
From Rome they drove south towards Capri and Pompeii, with their tour guide reportedly talking nonstop.
Capri is a small island off the coast of Naples, and just southeast of Naples is Pompeii, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pompeii was destroyed due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, and even though it is covered in ash, it is very well preserved.
Holly Weilbaker, a junior, was able to go with the group.
“My favorite thing in Italy was the island of Capri, because it is the most beautiful place I have ever been,” said Weilbaker.
Hanna Weil also traveled to Italy and Greece.
“My favorite part about Italy was how beautiful it was, and just being around that much history and culture was amazing,” said Weil.
After touring Pompeii, the group took a night ferry to Greece.
Their first stop was Delphi, home of the mythological oracle.
Afterwards they traveled to Athens, where they boarded a ferry that took them to the islands of Mykonos, Samos, Patmos, Crete, and Santorini.
Finally they rode back to Athens, where they saw the famed Parthenon, and then flew back home.
“My favorite place in Greece was Delphi. The town is exactly what I pictured when I thought of Greece. The ruins of the Temple of Apollo are so close. There is such a beautiful view everywhere you could go in the town,” said Weilbaker.
“The food in Greece was amazing, and I loved everything. It was fun to eat everything with olive oil,” says Weil.
“In Greece I was mostly a big fan of the food. Authentic baklava is the best thing I have ever eaten,” said Weilbaker.
Both Weil and Weilbaker agreed that the food in Italy was disappointing.
“The pizza was less greasy and the pasta was al dente,” says Weilbaker.
“The gelato was great [though],” says Weil.
Weilbaker notes that the time difference going there was not so bad since she was so excited.
Coming back was another story.
There is a seven-hour time difference between Athens and West Lafayette.
“I kept falling asleep around 4 in the afternoon and waking up early in the morning,” said Weilbaker.
Weilbaker’s number one tip for traveling abroad is to share your food and pack light.
Due to the success of the trip, perhaps another trip will be planned next year.