Pesaro is amazing! People are so great even through our inability to communicate with each other. Paul's cousin Lorenzo is taking english and has been our translator for the most part which has been a godsend. Monday night we went to Carlo and Maria's for dinner (family.) They came to Canada to visit Paul's family in 1986 with their daughter Franchesca who was 17 at the time. It was a great visit ...Franchesca came over too with her husband and daughter who is 15 ...they had a whole album from their visit to Canada when Paul and Carla were kids. It was cool to see it, and great because Paul and Carla remember them well. Also, Maria makes the best pizza ever ...she has a wood burning oven in her kitchen... we ate so, so so much.
There is an italian word 'fato' ... it means 'done' i think... we just use it for calling ourselves fat after every meal... like 'oh i feel so fato'.
Yesterday (tuesday) we went to il mercato... a big street market. It was huge and crazy and crowded. then we went to cousin samuela's gelato caffeteria that she runs with her husband luca, whom paul calls johhny gelato. we had amazing cappucinos there. then we had to go over to samuela's parents gelato caffeteria to have capuccino there too (of course). they are called carla and paolo.... nobody lets us pay for anything, though we do try.
yesterday afternoon we had some downtime and we all napped.
then last night, we went out for dinner. the girls we are staying with, mirella and nadia, organized a big dinner with franchesca.... 45 people showed up to greet us. paul and Carla made a little speech (which made nona very happy) to say thank you and how nice it was to meet them all.... we ate sooo much again. ravioli, then penne, then pizza, then huge platters of different kinds of meat and salad...then dessert, espresso and limoncello. the whole group of them all pitched in to pay for me, paul, Carla and nona. we were hugged and kissed a lot and said 'ciao tutti' a million times.
then lorenzo (lozo), matteo and manuela took us out to a bar and we played pool. lozo and matteo are sons of the girls we are staying with... lozo is 17 and lives here...matteo lives an hour away with his wife manuela but they had come to town for the big dinner. it was really fun ..we laughed a lot and people were trying to speak english just like we are trying to speak italian. many photos to come.
today we got up early (this is the one major downside of travelling with nona ...she wakes up very early and proceeds to shout at us to wake us up... it is unpleasant, but she says this is how she is and we should get used to it because she will not change. paul asked her to try to start tomorrow with words like 'good morning' and see how that goes).
mirella and nadia and valentina (she is the wife of filippo ...he is mirella's other son, they have a son and they live here in pesaro but not in the house we are stying in) took us all to urbino, a town near here that is walled in... built in the 15th century i think... big university here so students everywhere. we did a tour of a ducal palace and then a beautiful duomo (principal church in the town).
tonight we are going to the restaurant of giorgio ... he is the son of relatives quinte and luigi. seriously they have like a billion relatives here... it will be a big fancy dinner at the resto that he owns and again, no one will let us pay.
tomorrow we leave for salerno and the next part of our trip... will update from there sometime.
p.s. We will be posting more pics on a kodak easyshare page soon because it takes too long to upload on here. I know you all will notice the existance of a lot of Coca Cola in these photos to come. I assure you I have not consumed any...and I also have not come across any Pepsi in Italy thus far. Can we all say "Opportunity?"