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Sep 4, 2009 - And so ends the second week of Italian.
Week 2 with school is done! It's so weird, I can't get over how fast this week went by. I feel like we just got back from Capri this morning! We had our second composition yesterday, and our second written and oral tests today. I think it all went pretty alright for me! I got a 91 on my first test and a 2.9/3 on my first composition so I'm glad about that :) It's acutally pretty amazing how much we've learned in just two weeks, it surprises me! I can speak for a few minutes (slowly, and stumblingly, of course!!) about myself, my family,...Jump to full entry
Sep 2, 2009 - The SPEECH
What can I say....the last few months of Danny's "night job" all boiled down into a 30 minute presentation of sheer genius. At least it seemed that way to me:) I am the first to admit that when Danny gets going on his favorite subject, he may as well be speaking another language - in fact - he IS speaking another language. Although I listened intently and was as captivated as any of the other members of the audience, it was not because of the content of his speech, but rather because of the pride I felt knowing how hard this man has worked...Jump to full entry
Sep 2, 2009 - A Great Day, Part II
So to finish up my day yesterday and give it all the detail I began with in the last entry, will take me a couple of hours - of which I do not have because it is now 5:15pm, I have just returned from cheering on Danny (more on that in a sec) and we are headed out for dinner with Juan, Horacio and a few other academia in about an hour. Suffice it to say that I traversed all over Rome - Colosseum, Palatine, Circus Max (where the chariot races were held - BIG entertainment back in the day...up to 250,000 spectators, 12 races a day, 240 days a...Jump to full entry
Sep 2, 2009 - A Great Day
This morning I woke up and decided to throw caution (and Rick Steve) to the wind! I was going to discover Rome on my own and not get bogged down in trying to follow someone else's preconceived notion of what I should see or do. With that decided, I hoped on the Metro and took it directly to the Colosseum. Armed with my map, camera and guidebook (well, if I did stumble upon something I wanted to at least learn about it) I began by walking around the outside of this incredible structure and trying to imagine a time when it was filled with...Jump to full entry
Aug 31, 2009 - The Romans are back!
...And so are we! From Sorrento and Capri, that is :) But it's the last day of August, which means 2 things: 1) It's Alyson's birthday! and 2) The holiday has ended, the shops are all open, and all the Romans are back! Very exciting. I can't wait to see what this city turns into when everyone is in it! Haven't updated in like a week! Nothing huge happened last week, and then we left for the weekend, so I haven't gotten around to it! We had our first Italian test and composition last week. We had an oral and written test on Friday, and we...Jump to full entry
Aug 31, 2009 - Where to begin....
We began our day with a lovely breakfast on the 4th floor of our hotel which is an open terrace setting (the hotel is set back from the street and surrounded by trees and other buildings) with lots of yummy pastries and fruits to choose from - as well as the delectable "Nutella" which I fell in love with back in 1985 in Lido di Jeselo (did I spell that right, Anna?) Our hotel is small and very much a European hotel - not a big, American chain. It was pretty easy to pick out the other conference attendees staying here during breakfast - if...Jump to full entry
Aug 30, 2009 - We've Arrived!
Just a quick note to say we've landed. Everything went smoothly and we are now relaxing for a few minutes in our quaint Italian hotel room before venturing out to get a feel for everything. It's warm and quite humid here, but absolutely beautiful. Although we are both pretty exhausted - I think the sunshine and our growling stomachs, will lure us back out into the city shortly. More to come soon - including pictures! Ciao.Jump to full entry
Aug 27, 2009 - Rome
17 08 09 Another day – up early as the last instructions given to me at close to midnight were that we were to catch the driver at 930, make a fast tour of Rome, the boss’s favourite city and then have lunch for a couple of hours, back to the boat, refuel then head the 96M to Ischia getting in “before dark” which is about 830pm these days. I still had to wash and clean and put away the tender and get the weather reports, getting the weather is a very long process involving much time waiting for the page to load and it is a competition...Jump to full entry
Aug 25, 2009 - School bells a' ringinnnn
Most importantly in the past two days, we booked our trip for our first weekend getaway! We're headed to the Amalfi Coast from Saturday morning until Monday morning (we don't have school until Monday afternoon!) We booked what looks like an AMAZING hostel. Someone I know stayed here and recommended it to us, so we looked at it and it actually ended up being the cheapest one we could find, so we got it! It has a ridiculous nightclub with live music on the roof and all kinds of stuff. http://www.sevenhostel.com/ will be my home this weekend!...Jump to full entry
Aug 24, 2009 - Week 1- the Gelato Diet
Being here less than a week, I'm still not convinced that I will ever tire of the phrase "When in Rome." I realize it's overused, some may say it's cheesy, but it hasn't lost it's humor quite yet, due to the fact that I can say I can answer the phrase by saying I'll be here for 4 more months. I don't say this to brag, or rub it in anyone's face; however, i enjoy saying it mostly because I have come to appreciate this city so much in the short amount of time I have been here. Despite the heat and lack of appreciation for air conditioning...Jump to full entry
Aug 23, 2009 - Colosseum & Trevi Fountain
Today we went to the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain! We wanted to go to the Vatican but the Pope comes out on Sundays, so you have to get there really early or else it's not worth it. We slept in (a little) because we were so tired from walking around all day yesterday and last night. Last night after I posted the entry, Alyson, Robyn (one of our roommates) and I went to Piazza Navona, the piazza by our school, to see what it was like at night. It was actually a lot of fun! It's all lit up and beautiful, and there was sooo many people there...Jump to full entry
Aug 22, 2009 - The first few days
So it's the end of the 4th day in Rome, and I don't think I've ever been this tired or hot in my life! Rome in August is like being in a desert and dying slowly. Romans don't believe in air conditioning (they think it will make them sick, if they have air, which is rare, they keep all their doors open too!) so all we have are a few small fans, which basically means you wake up with sweat dripping your neck after a nap or in the morning. Fun :) Rome is also really dead in August, especially the end of August because the whole city basically...Jump to full entry