Sep 11, 2005
|I pretty much just hung around the house today and drew random sketches for my drawing class tomorrow. It was nice, though- Sunday is a relaxing day here, because nothing is really open (not even the supermarket). But I did want to say that we all got to go out to dinner with Velario again tonight. We went to this beautiful place even higher up on a hill than Fiesole. It had bay windows all the way around and a beautiful view of the hills. The food and wine, of course, were also wonderful- fried dough with soft cheese, grilled brie, gorgonzola with herbs, mixed veggies (as well as some meat dishes), and an incredibly rich mousse to top it all off.
Also, I know that most of my family has read this, but my Mom sent me a list of all the things you CAN NOT send to Italy. It's pretty funny, so I thought I would share it with everyone:
COUNRY MAILING RESTRICTIONS- ITALY:
-Albums of any kind (of photographs, postcards, postage stamps, etc.).
-Arms and weapons.
-Articles of platinum or gold; jewelry; and other valuable articles unless sent as insured packages.
-Artificial flowers and fruits and accessories for them.
-Bells and other musical instruments and parts thereof.
-Cartridge caps; cartridges.
-Clocks and supplies for clocks.
-Compound medicaments and medicines.
-Coral mounted in any way.
-Ether and chloroform.
-Exposed photographic and cinematographic films.
-Footwear of any kind.
-Haberdashery and sewn articles of any kind, including trimmings and lace; handkerchiefs; scarves; shawls, needlework including stockings and gloves; bonnets, caps, and hats of any kind.
-Hair and articles made of hair.
-Lighters and their parts, including lighter flints.
-Live bees, leeches, and silkworms.
-Live plants and animals.
-Nutmeg, vanilla; sea salt, rock salt; saffron.
-Parasites and predators of harmful insects.
-Perfumery goods of all kinds (except soap).
-Playing cards of any kind.
-Postage stamps in sealed or unsealed letter-post shipments.
-Ribbons for typewriters.
-Roasted or ground coffee and its substitutes; roasted chicory.
-Saccharine and all products containing saccharine.
-Salted, smoked or otherwise prepared meats; fats; and lard.
-Toys not made wholly of wood.
-Treated skins and furs.
-Weapons of any kind and spare parts for them.
(So, I had to open up the envelope I was sending Jess and remove the live bees and treated skins. Who sends this stuff, anyway?)
On a more serious note, I know that today is the 4th anniverasary of 9/11. Not such a big deal here of course, but I found myself wondering if anything in particular was happening back home because of it.