Day 2 Pompeii and Vesuvius

Oct 23, 2013


Day 2- What a challenge! Off we set to Pompeii in the morning. The sun shone and there was a lot of excitement at what was going to be seen. The first stop in Pompeii was the amphitheatre where a feeble attempt was made to sing the school song. Then we wandered around the streets, stopping at various locations. Everyone had an amazing experience. Hundreds of photos were taken. The most popular attraction in Pompeii seemed to be the bodies. The girls were totally amazed that these were real people and real bodies.It brought home the reality of the eruption.

In the afternoon there was anxiety mixed with excitement at the thought of conquering Vesuvius. The challenge was on. Who would get to the top first? Tickets were hastily snatched from my hand and off they set at a rapid rate, slowing down once they realised it was more challenging than they thought. The opening question of the guide at the top was “Do you realise you are standing at the top of one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world?” – I had over 50 sets of eyes glaring at me…. “You didn’t tell us that, Mrs Currie!” Panic not girls…it is sleeping. All 54 girls had a tremendous sense of achievement having made it to the summit. Everyone was so tired by the time we made it to the bottom of the climb yet they were also ecstatic. It was another amazing day in Italy.