Just finished my last exam and the feeling is truly divine. I’m waiting until around 6:30pm when my brother finishes up until we can head home. If anyone isn’t from Lehigh, we are having our spring break the first week of March – which is incredibly early. None of my high school friends would be around! Nonetheless, I could really use this time to rest, sleep, and study – in that particular order. Not a lot of plans for spring break; it’s going to be 12 inches of snow, freezing, and a lot of fun!
I mentioned in an earlier post that I traveled to Italy last summer (Summer of 2013) for part of the Lehigh in Vicenza program. The Lehigh in Vicenza program is mainly for architectural students, however, there are many duel degree civil engineering and architecture students, a few business students, and students from other majors. As a civil engineering major, although I did not learn a lot of practical engineering skills, I grew to appreciate my major. Since this is a civil engineering blog, I figure it’ll be appropriate if I go into detail with the program.
Lehigh in Vicenza is a 6-credit program composed of Architectural Drawing (3 credits) and Architecture of Carlos Scarpa (3 credits). Architectural Drawing focuses on technical drawing of Italian buildings and studying of public spaces (piazzas and campos). For the other course, Architecture of Carlos Scarpa, our main focus is to study the works of Carlos Scarpa. This 20th century architect has had a great impact in the Veneto region of Italy.
Quoting from my blog from Vicenza… “I remembered someone commented that being in Vicenza is like being in a movie. The architecture in the city is incredibly distinctive. I remembered when I walked into the central Piazze dei Signori I literally stopped my conversation to say, ‘wow.’”
Vicenza was our main location; our Italian lessons, our Italian cooking lessons, and all of our lectures were conducted in Vicenza. In other words, we spent our weekdays in Vicenza and on the weekends we traveled to other cities.
Venice is literally a city on waters. Although most of the city is made out of tourists and very little of the local population is engaged into anything but tourism, it is still a magical location in Italy. At sunset, the view towards Giudecca from San Marco is simply breathtaking. But beware of pickpockets!
Rome – capital of the ancient world (Western world anyways!). Rome is actually very different than the Veneto (Vicenza, Venice, Verona, etc). It’s much further south and people have a very different attitude there. We were in Rome for a three day weekend and weren’t able to see everything. However, we were able to hit the “big” things, including Vatican City, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill.
Although historically, Venice and Rome had a lot more value, I loved Verona for its beauty. Home to Romeo and Juliet (we actually even visited the so-call Juliet’s home), it is easy to fall in love with the city.
Even though the program lasted for four weeks, it went by much faster than it seemed. Venice, Verona, Rome, Vicenza – these were only some of the cities that we visited. We also had the chance to visit the Alps, Padova, and I actually passed Florence while taking the train to Rome. Definitely a great experience and I cannot wait for another chance to go back!
If you want a more detailed student description of Lehigh in Vicenza, please check out my blog here.