We didn’t have any activities planned until 3:00 today, so we had the whole morning to explore! I started my day with a nice breakfast at the hotel, the fruit was especially delicious. Then, we spent the whole morning shopping! We went into quite a few stores, looking at make up, clothes, swim suits, and shoes. It was raining the whole time, but it didn’t really bother us and everybody bought something. When we were finished shopping, a few of us got McDonald’s for lunch and honestly, it was pretty satisfying.
In the afternoon, we took a bus to the Verona Consortium where we were given a lecture about fashion production. They really stressed the importance of the quality and uniqueness of their products. They mentioned how most teenagers both in Italy and America tend to go for cheap clothes nowadays, which is detrimental to the producers of high quality, expensive clothing. It was really interesting to see the steps they go through to ensure the quality of each item. When we were finished at the consortium, we had a little bit of free time before dinner, so we all sat around and talked. We found a newspaper on a table and it turns out we were mentioned in it! I am not exactly sure what it said, since it was written in Italian, but I think it was about our group visiting different companies while we are here. So basically, I’m famous! When we went next door for dinner, there was already pizza and sandwiches available, so we all dug in assuming it was the main dish. However, after we ate all of that, we were served lasagna, and then a brownie for dessert. We were all so full by the end, I don’t think I’ll be hungry again until the morning.