At the moment, I am currently in Italy. So in the way I usually do, here is my full account of what happened.
Monday 11th July 16:55
I got up at 1am and arrived at school at 2am. One other the other schools we are here with were there already. Eventually the other school showed up and we got on the bus to the airport. We checked in and then we went through security which was quite traumatic for me because they randomly pulled me aside and searched me. Fun. When we got to the departures lounge I wasn’t feeling great, so thinking I it was because I hadn’t eaten, I ate some breakfast. It didn’t help but it didn’t make things worse. We got on the plane and I started to feel really bad. I put on some music and tried to sleep to take my mind off it. When we landed and got off the plane I felt slightly better but still not great. We got our bags then drove to the hotel in Sorrento. We are staying in a hotel called Hotel Il Faro. The people at the hotel weren’t very helpful and we got moved around 3 times when we tried to eat lunch, its also quite grotty. I still wasn’t feeling great so I didn’t eat much. We then tried to sort out our rooms and the girls were all a nightmare. Loads wanted to swap. In the end my teacher just said no swapping. The ones I’ve ended up with are OK, but I don’t think I can put up with them for any longer than I have to- there’s a bit of a personality clash. We then went for a walk in Sorrento and I am currently outside the La Villa bar. They do very good slush and the views are amazing. I did go for a little walk in the town but not very long because it is still really hot and I am so tired, and not feeling 100% still.
We’re back at the grotty hotel room with one plug socket between 5 of us. We went down to the beach and had a paddle (we aren’t allowed to swim because we don’t have a lifeguard.) I sort of want to go home, I want to enjoy myself but I just can’t, I feel I’ll, the hotel room is unpleasant and my poor dog is sat at home with my brother looking after her.
Tuesday 12th July 08:00
Last night we had dinner which was a 3 course meal but I couldn’t even finish the starter which is really unlike me. It was really good food but I’m just not hungry. We went to bed early and I got up at half 6 to have a shower. I’m still quite tired even though I have had a long sleep and I still can’t eat much because I’m just not hungry. I’m currently sitting in the hotel room waiting to go to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.
We got on the bus and went to Mount Vesuvius, we went up the tourist route and had a tour at the top. I would reccomend wearing trainers or walking boots here because it is quite steep with very loose earth. We then got on the bus to Pompeii and I managed to eat some lunch. We arrived there and the entrance we wanted to use was closed because Elton John is performing there tonight so they were busy setting up. This meant we couldn’t see the bit with all the bodies however the rest of it was still pretty amazing. We then managed to loose 10 students so I am sat on the bus waiting for our teachers to find them.
We found the missing students and went back go the hotel for dinner. I managed to actually eat some and I am feeling a bit better. I’m tired so I’m going to sleep.
Wednesday 13th July 08:22
Had a shower and had some breakfast. Couldn’t eat anything again and not feeling great. Waiting to go to Capri. Also turns out I got very burnt yesterday when I was wearing my Axwell T-shirt (it has a pretty low back).
We walked down to the port and took some photos while we waited for the boat to Capri. It was a fairly shortish ride over there and I took some good photos. We arrived in Capri and it is very pretty. We got on the train to the top and we have now been released on the town. I bought a chocolate chip ice cream for myself which was so good and a magnet for my parents. I am now halfway through a bucket of lemon slush (lemons are kind of a big deal around here, I don’t actually know why.)
One of the other girls in my group arrived shortly after the last update announcing she needed a swimming costume so she quickly bought one them she and J both bought ice cream. J’s one exploded when she held it, fortunately someone else caught it then we had the entertaining thing of washing her hands in the street with a water bottle. Afterwards we went to Bar Tiberio and had a pizza. The staff were very good and catered for our awkward order (we went halfs because I couldn’t manage a whole pizza) and we had very fast service.
We got back on the train then the boat and went down to the beach. We weren’t allowed in the sea any further than knee deep but one of the teachers started a water fight. I didn’t take part since I was wearing my really nice brand new Zedd True Colours T-Shirt but everyone else had fun. I am now sat in my hotel room and packing because we are leaving very early tomorrow morning.
We had dinner which was quite entertaining because I found myself on at table with a group of year 8 boys, so maturity was very low (not complaining). I then went back to the hotel room to pack what else can currently be packed and I think I am on the other girls’s gaydars… Slight problem, I’m not even ready for people who do know me to know about me, let alone people I’ve known a week.
Thursday 14th July 06:30
We some up to find we had company- there was an infestation of ants in our hotel room which was disgusting. We got dressed and washed as quickly as possible and then walked to the bus.
We got to the airport and checked in our bags. I managed to get through security without any issues this time and I am now sat in the departure lounge waiting to go.
My flight was delayed by one hour. Which meant an extra hour in the departure lounge, not ideal but it wasn’t awful. The WiFi was better than the hotel and there was places to charge your phones so we sat on sofas eating ‘breakfast’ (sweets and Pringles) catching up on what’s been happening in the UK.
Shit happened. We landed and one of the sets of mechanical steps broke so we couldn’t get off the plane. Then one of the kids on our trip had a panic attack because his ears popped and he couldn’t hear anything… Great. So we got held back 10 minutes there. Then as a result we ended up getting to border control at the worst point so we were queuing there for ages. By the time I had got through, I had already been in the UK for an hour. We then had to get our bags then we ended up sitting by the bus waiting for is kid to reappear (apparently they had to get an ambulance. People, this is where your taxes are going- there was nothing wrong with him, he is always having panic attacks.) This took another hour. Great! So we are finally on the bus going home.
In all fairness, this trip has been great despite a couple of low points and heat sickness (and a horrible burn on my back). It was a great experience and I would love to go to Italy again. I will try to upload some photos as soon as possible because I took loads on my camera.
Love, AkwardHuman xx