This summer is flying by! I arrived in in Europe on June 4th and have already visited 6 countries. During the last few weeks, I’ve been with a group of students from my university, touring Italy and visiting around 5 different regions (Rome, Trento, Venice, Cosenza/Calabria and Lecce). Now I’m in Finland taking a study abroad marketing class for 3 weeks. I have not had enough time to update my blog so here is my quick update. I also want to thank all of you who read this and have encouraged me to keep posting! I can’t say enough how thankful I am to have this amazing opportunity to travel with a group I only met a few weeks before I left. I’ve been building lifelong friendships with this group. Spending 2 weeks traveling with a group, you can learn so much about each other. Here is a few photos with captions, Enjoy! After the first 2 days in Rome we were at the train station waiting for our night train to Trento. That’s the man in charge of the group, Abey! Ray, our wine expert, at Mezzacorona touring the Winery. Kody found what he was looking for, the biggest bottle. 😉 Dinner with the hotel manager and local friends in Trento. This happened often, waiting for trains. Trento has beautiful scenery; it is surrounded by mountains. Tyler and I going up the mountain, Dolomites. Getting mobile service? Venice. Boat Taxi. Visiting the Gino Mazzuccato glass making factory in Murano. With Gino Mazzuccato himself! Swimming in Venice …check on the bucket list! During our last day in Venice, we had a final dinner in Burano. Beach day in Tropea, South of Italy. Tropea. Our first dinner in Carpignano Salentino, near Lecce. Our van for the 5 days in Lecce. Visiting the Mayor of Carpignano Salentino. Our “wanna-be” city council members. Chilling with some locals. Visiting the University of Lecce. Tour of CNH Fait Plant in Lecce. The Professor! Representing UW Parkside! One of the best meals we had! You would never find this place as a tourist! Kayaking day! Otranto. Our final beach Day, Mediterranean Adriatic Sea!