The groups are off, leaving the old man back to get his Walsh stuff done. Alyson, Catie, and Sarah have gone to Thessalonika to visit a friend of a friend and experience Greece, Abby, Angela, and Jamie have gone to Assissi and Perugia, for intensely spiritual reasons (St. Francis and the Eurochocolat festival), and Dan, Joe, and Steven have gone off for the day to Tivoli. This group is embracing the idea that the classroom here is the journey itself, and I’m insanely proud of them.
Two more shots of the end of Day 3 (The Spanish Steps):
A quick note: I neglected to post these snaps from my Flip on Day 3, mainly because I was worried about the post getting too big. I didn’t want to receive the infamous ‘tl;dr’ comment from the peanut gallery…
I personally have done a lot of walking in the last couple of days, and I’ve noticed how quickly we all fall into habits that become almost rituals. It seems that for this group at least (and I share this) establishing rituals is an important component of adjusting to the trials and tribulations of travel. My guess is that these rituals are somewhat close to some of the daily habits we have at home, and they fit nicely into the learning process by allowing all of us to build upon what we know, rather than try to (metaphorically speaking) learn to swim by diving into the deep end.