You know the really great thing about being in Europe is that you are a hop skip and a jump away from other really awesome places. It practically costs NOTHING to get there. As I’ve said before in other blog posts my goal this quarter is to really get out and see things. That’s the whole point of travelling abroad right? Well we took a quick day trip down to Genova and Arenzano this past weekend, and I just fell even deeper in love with Italy. It only cost €21 roundtrip which is like about $30 or so. Can’t beat that! We started out by taking the train to Genova. That was my very first time riding a train and it was pretty cool I suppose. For like the first twenty minutes. If you know me then you know I’m not good for staying awake during any type of travel. It was only an hour and a half away so it was really nothing. Once we got there, I was in awe of how gorgeous the city was, however our plan was to take another train to Arenzano which was about another 30 minutes away to hit up the beach. Sadly the weather wasn’t quite right, but we still made the trip.
Although it was raining in Arenzano, it was still beautiful. We randomly started walking in a direction we thought was towards the beach and we were right. As we wound through amazing streets and past a beautiful castle we eventually caught sight of the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the gloom and the rain, I just knew I had to dip my feet in! It was all just too beautiful to take in, and honestly, pictures just don’t do it justice. Especially not on my crappy camera. We made it to the water, and Kasia and I jumped in while Candace took it all in from the shore. After walking out a few steps I just felt an extreme sense of peace and serenity. At that moment God and I were deep in conversation. I had to thank Him for all that He’s done for me even though I’m not the best or most perfect Christian. I had to explain to Him my appreciation for this beautiful world that He created, and apologize for anything I may do to aid in destroying it. I was so humbled by how I’ve been able to truly live out my dreams. It makes all those times that I worried and stressed that things wouldn’t work out seem so trivial and silly. There was a time when I was not doing what I loved, was broke, hurt, all of the above. But I refused to let that be it for me and it was God that gave me the strength to keep pushing.
I don’t mean to preach, but I had to testify. This trip was beautiful in so many ways. After the beach we went back to Genova and toured the city. I love Italy, you walk EVERYWHERE, which makes eating a ton of pasta, and drinking a ton of cappuccino (despite the extremely tiny portions) seem guilt-free! Genova had so much charm and beauty. From the Basilica we randomly found, to the tiny 1000 year old church San. Donato that help within it’s doors so much history, spirituality, and love. We shopped at the Port, and sat at several cafes. Being in Genova was a stark contrast to the metropolitan city of Milan. I really really loved it. This weekend we’re heading to Venice! I can’t wait! Here are some pics from the trip.
P.S. Excuse any typos. I wrote this in a rush!