The end–Thomas, July 2, 2013

In less than two hours I will have had my last meal at Santa Chiara and all I can think about now is how much fun I’ve had on this trip. I’ve been fortunate to see so many wonderful frescos, altar pieces, churches, etc.; however, it has left me exhausted. I’m so exhausted in fact that now, at the close of this program, I am having a hard time pin pointing what my favorite part about my time spent here has been. I imagine when I get home and have time to wind down I’ll be able to take stock of everything that has transpired over the last six weeks. For now however, I can at least say that I will always remember this morning.  This morning I along with Philip, Stephanie, and Pricilla got to watch the sun rise. This was partly by choice and partly out of circumstance. That is to say that while I have wanted to see the sun rise here in Santa Chiara, It was only possible this morning because I had stayed up all night finishing my final studio project. Even now as I write this I have yet to go to bed so naturally my energy is wearing thin as it has been for about the last six or so hours. Regardless, I feel it was worth it, even if done so under the pretense of finishing a project because when I looked out at the hills surrounding Castiglion Fiorentino I realized how special it was that I’ve been able to enjoy such a view every single day and how much I will miss it once I’ve gone.

The view from our courtyard at Santa Chiara

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