When I studied abroad in Sicily, we went to the island of Vulcano on one of the program inclusive excursions. This little volcanic island packs quite the punch - you can smell the sulfurous fumes from miles away! (in case you don’t know what smell I am referring to, picture your nose in a closed room full of rotten eggs).
We spent the day exploring the island on motorini and "bathing" in the stinky mud (my swim suit STILL smells!). I don't know if it was the specific time of my life - so carefree - or the beautifully unusual landscape, but I remember stopping our motorini on a bluff overlooking the sea, surrounded by my best friends eating the most delicious caprese sandwich and feeling so fulfilled and happy.
Thinking of our students experiencing this same sensation makes me giddy with excitement and fuels my study abroad fire.