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Mar 14, 2014 - Hard to say Goodbye

Hard to Say Goodbye After my whirlwind week with Sandra, as my departure day of Friday approached, Sandra asked me repeatedly to stay until Monday. Finally she called in the big guns one night and handed me the phone as I was poring over the map at the kitchen table. “Hello?” “Hi honey, it’s Lisa!” “Hey, how are ya? It’s so good to hear your voice. Did Sandra call you, I didn’t hear the phone ring?” “Well, she’s asked me to convince you to stay until Monday. So listen….” And she proceeded to convince me to stay until Monday, using...

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Mar 13, 2014 - Oh, the Places You'll Go

Oh, the Places You’ll Go I was scheduled to leave Alessandra’s on Friday, so we packed as much in as we could during my stay. The day after our marathon walk to San Lucas, we started our driving tours. Our first daytrip was to Ferrara, then Comacchio and Pomposa, both on the coast. Ferrara was a wonderful exhibition of Alessandra’s quest for information from strangers. This was where she stopped the truck driver, and about eight other people in the two hours we were there, to ask them whatever popped into her head. It was fascinating to...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home The next five days were spent on the go with Alessandra. The first morning, she got up before I did and had my coffee and breakfast laid out like I was in a B&B, but once she showed me how to use the little silver expresso pot, I usually woke up before her and tried to have her coffee ready for her when she came into the kitchen. She fussed over me constantly, worried that I wasn’t eating enough for breakfast, making sure I had all the coffee I could stand, packing us 100 snacks for the road trips we took nearly every...

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Mar 10, 2014 - Amazing Alessandra

Amazing Alessandra I was heading for Bologna after a rough night in an iffy hostel in Modena. I had an all female room, but one of the females, who was old enough to know better, laid in her bed and chatted away on her cell phone at full volume voice, from 10pm until 11pm. The next morning, her alarm went off at 6:30am and she hit the snooze button every five minutes until 7:15am. I would have said something, or shot her, but I couldn’t speak her language and I didn’t have a gun, so I just laid on my bed and prayed for patience. The other...

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Nov 24, 2012 - Parma

Our adventure in Parma was doing our laundry! We found a Lavenderia, which was a little hole in the wall of a place. The manager was very kind, and we managed to figure out what to do in spite of language barriers. The washing went fine, but after three rounds with the driers and dozens of euros, our clothes were still not dry. So we hauled all our stuff the the hotel and draped them over everything! They were dry by the next morning, fortunately.

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Jun 2, 2012 - Cremona to Rimini 5/27- 6/01

From Cremona to Rimini One thing I've found along this trip is that I'm always pleasantly surprised. I've met a lot of cool people in different cities and in different countries and whenever I have to leave I think that " wow this place was really cool" and I don't think that I'll find something better. Which is kind of funny because I have had the same thoughts at least 20 times. The experiences keep flowing in and I'm continuously having fun in a variety of ways with a variety of people. So even though its hard sometimes to leave one...

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May 15, 2012 - Parma, Northern Italy

We had a nice week in Parma. It, like most Italian cities had plenty of beautiful churches, galleries and museums as well as a couple of splendid theatres. With a population of about 178,000 it is a very vibrant and clean city. With the university here, there are plenty of young people as well. And on the one night we went out late, we found everyone very well behaved while having fun...unlike the gold coast.! Parma is famous for its food and rich gastronomical tradition. Parmigiano cheese and Prosciutto (Palma Ham) are from this area. Its...

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Europe 2012

Jan 6, 2012 - Bologna and Florence

So we woke up this morning, at 8, and the sun was shining for the first time since I got to Venice. It kind of stunk that this happened to be the day we left Venice. Although, it was also nicethat my last memory of Venice was the sun shining and reflecting on the grand canal. So we got up, ate breakfast at the hotel, packed up our stuff and said goodbye to Venice. We took the vaporetti, the water transport, to the train station. We boarded a train and an hour and a half later we were in Bologna. We met up with Adam's professor, Peter, who...

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Trip to Italy 2012

Nov 8, 2011 - Bologna

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Bologna emerged in the 6th century BC and over the course of its history it has been conquered by a wide assortment of invaders including tribes from Gaul, the Romans and then the Visigoths, the Huns, the Goths and the Lombards. During the 12th century, the city was the site of a leading European university and the wealth of the region was displayed prominently as over 160 towers were erected, each one meant to outdo its neighbour. A tight array of stunning palazzi graced the cityscapes within the medieval walls, and...

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Sep 23, 2011 - Mantua and Bologna, Italy

We left Verona after two wonderful days of meandering, eating, drinking wine and generally have a blast, headed for the town of Bologna for a two night visit. In route, we stopped in the fortress village of Mantua. This ancient city served as a home for the powerful Gonzaga (yes the University in the US is named after this saint) families that ruled the northern Venetian Empire during the middle ages. We visited the Ducal Palace which took up about 1/3 of the walled city. It contained fabulous painting and frescos by many famous Italian...

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Sep 16, 2011 - San Giovanni to Rimini

Friday, September 16: Our next stop is Rimini, Italy on the Adriatic Sea on our return portion of the trip. Arrived in Rimini around noon and got checked in to a Best Western Hotel Nettunia, one block from the Adriatic. Spent the afternoon sunning and paddling around in the warm Adriatic Sea...31 C today.

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Sep 15, 2011 - chickens in Italy

Today was a very long, but exciting day! I went to bed early last night, after getting a tour of our headquarters in Florence and learning all about the poultry market in Italy. Today, I woke up at 5am Italy time (11pm USA) to travel to Bologna, and northern Italy with a colleague, to visit farms and customers. What a blast! Breakfast was interesting. Typical breakfast in Italy does not include eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, cereal, etc. It usually consists of pastries and coffee (what we would call espresso). We pulled into a ga...

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