September 4, 2018
Yesterday was our first full day in Naples. We started the day with complimentary buffet breakfast, and I was not prepared for that at all. I was expecting one of those “continental” breakfasts that have stale muffins, single serve cereals, and make your own waffle stations. NOPE. Italy is stepping up the game! So much fruit, breads and pastries, eggs, bacon, salami, salads, coffees, juices. Ahh I was in heaven. It’s a great way to start the day.
Next we came back to our hotel room so that I could practice the presentation I have to present at the Cities on Volcanoes 10 conference. After a little bit of practicing and tweaking slides, we decided we should go out and explore something. The only problem is that there is so much to explore, we couldn’t decide on what to do or where to go! We finally decided on the National Museum of Archaeology.
It was about a 20 minute walk from our hotel, and I have to be honest, I was on edge a little at first. Everyone we’ve talked to about Italy has said the crime rate is astronomical and to be on your game the whole time. Since this was our first time really walking around, I was a little nervous. Everything went smoothly, however, and we got to the museum!
A lot of the exhibits were in Italian with very minimal English translations, probably so that you are forced to buy the audio headset thing or pay for a tour guide. Instead Taylor and I walked around and used the Google Translate app to try to decipher what the placards were saying. In the end, we were really just there to appreciate the rich history and culture of Italy, and I think with more information we would’ve been completely bombarded with too many facts. Here are some Instagram screenshots and pictures of our day:
This is the front of the museum. The buildings alone in Italy are beautiful and old, and full of so much geology 😉 Taylor and I have been nerding out on walls, columns and street tiles!https://diamondsresearch.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/img_7034.mov
When you’re boyfriends Instagram handle is “botobikes” you know he’s gonna be interested in the boto history of Pompei!
Scale model of Pompei (1:100). Really opened my eyes to what we’ll be in for when we visit Pompei!
A sleepy guy who understands PhD life….
Each tile piece was colored by baking the glass with different materials (yellow from sulfur, blue from cobalt, etc.). I love the attention to detail and amazing patterns!
Many, many marble pieces and some of them were huge (Taylor for scale)! All I could think was “do you know how expensive marble like this would cost in Hawaii?!”
A little plant shop on the way back to our hotel had a little piece of home! I also thought they had some lauaʻe but communicating with the owner was hard and when I asked him what it was, he said “felce” which translates to fern….
This mushroom and prosciutto margherita pizza was amazing, and it was only 4.50! The drink was also 4.50 because it came from the mini fridge….
And then we had dinner on the rooftop at the restaurant again because there was a little more practice needed! Now we are off to the conference…but first, coffee!!