It was the first night of our trip in Cusano Mutri. We were exploring the little town after having had a delicious meal of funghi porcini which are the famous mushrooms of the region. It was getting dark, but the town was only beginning to wake up. The lights illuminating the stone roads and buildings made the town look exceptionally beautiful and magical.
We walked around and admired all the little stands which were selling jewelry, clothes, and a variety of different foods such as honey and mushrooms. The air smelled of mushrooms cooking and everyone seemed truly happy.
The real highlight of this night, however, was stumbling across a man who was playing an old, beautiful mountain song on his saxophone. A group of 10 Loyola students was sitting on the road listening to him and I joined them. After the man had finished playing the song, he signaled at us to wait a moment. He stood there thinking for a little, and then began to play popular songs like Titanium and Uptown Funk on his saxophone! It was a lot of fun and a phenomenal way to start off our trip!