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Mar 23, 2010 - Siena - got to love the traffic

Up again today a little late – isn’t that what vacation is for?? Had breakfast – some pastries that we had picked up the day before in Pienza= chocolate, cream and apricot. Isabel stopped by this morning- she is feeling much better. She gave us some advice about parking in Siena for our trip today – talked about the snow storm they had on March 9 – sounds like several feet of snow feel that day. She also gave us a recommendation about which bath/hot spring/spa would be good to visit tomorrow. Finished getting ready and went into town for...

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Oct 15, 2009 - Siena

@@@@@@@ The sun was getting rather low in the sky and the traffic was getting rather high on the roads as we traveled by bus from San Gimignano to Siena. We probably should have started earlier in the day, we left at the crack of noon, as is our habit. Perhaps we should have taken a little less time in San Gimignano but the place was like no other and we hadn’t been in a hurry to leave. Then again, if we had paid attention to the bus schedule we would have arrived at the bus stop in time to catch a bus right away. Instead, we waited for...

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Oct 12, 2009 - Siena, Italy

After train journey from Ljubljana via Villach (Austria), Venice & Firenze (Florence)we arrive to Siena on the 9th. Rick & Trish arrived on the 11th. A little pressed for time tonight so spent it uploading photos. Will add text in the next few days. We're renting a car tomorrow and driving thru the local wine country. On Wednesday we'll use train for day trip to Firenze, that's Florence for you non-Italian-speaking gringos. Ciao for now

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Sep 14, 2009 - Siena

Siena is the home of the Palio, an annual horse race between the contrada's of the city. These medieval neighborhoods have their own animal symbols, flags, church, and social club. The Palio is featured in the opening of the movie Quantum of Solace. It is very busy town when we were there, and we were constantly dodging cars in the very thin streets. Coming out of our hotel we heard drums beating and found a small parade of drums & flags from the contrada that we were located in. We followed our usual tradition of climbing hundreds of...

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Jul 3, 2009 - Siena

Siena, built in the 13th Century, holds 20,000 people within the city walls and 40,000 outside of them. For our tours of Siena, the kids and adults broke off from each other this morning, and Emma and Nick learned the following from Lorraine... Emma also read about this in a book, "The Diary of Melanie Martin, Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo and the Leaning Tower of Pizza." According to legend, two boys, Romulus and Remus got left by their father near the river Tiber. They would have starved but for a mother wolf who adopted...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Pisa

I woke up at 7 and was so excited that I had 9 hours of sleep the night before! I cleaned up my room and got ready. There was a beautiful thunderstorm going on outside. I hoped that the storm wouldn't be in Pisa. I went downstairs and was surprised again with breakfast. Fiorella and I had a confusing conversation. She tried to explain to me that she unplugged all the electronics, including my computer, because of the storm. I didn't understand her until she actually unplugged the toaster...Italian is so complicated!!! Agh!! I started...

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Jun 20, 2009 - Firenze

I woke up at 5:30 and got ready. I went downstairs at 6:30 and was surprised with breakfast. I ate and then got the bus. Our bus was coming at 8 and I was lucky to get there early. So I was able to get water at a bakery. The bus ride was comfortable. There was the most beautiful scenery. At the Firenze bus station we bought a map so we could figure out where to go. We had to go through a market and it was so hard not to stop and buy something!! There was a pretty church we passed too. We decided to go see the statue of David first. It was...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Siena

I woke up at 6:30 this morning and got ready. Noel and I discussed going to the Duomo after school, so I left my laptop home. I am so sick of toast it's ridiculous!!! If I never eat toast again after this trip I will be very happy!! Presentations were finished today in deaf culture, which was basically a review of intro to interpreting. LIS class was shorter today because Luigi had to catch a bus. It was a half day so we all ate lunches and could go off wherever we want. My lunch that I got was weird!! I don't really know what kind of...

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Jun 18, 2009 - Siena

I woke up early, yet again, and got ready. I then finalized my part of the project and practiced it for my presentation. Breakfast was the same and we got a packed lunch to take to school. Our first class was deaf culture. I volunteered us to go first, which my groupmates hated me for at first. Our presentation went extremely well and afterwards we were all relaxed because we went first. Everyone in my group began to thank me for having them get it out of the way (which is why I like to go first or second in the first place). After lunch, I...

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Jun 17, 2009 - Siena

I woke up early again and got ready before going down to breakfast. Today is an extremely long day, longer than normal! The only reason it's longer is because we are adding a deaf culture class since it was cancelled on Monday. In deaf culture class we discussed the Pendola (the school for the deaf in Siena) which we were going on a field trip to later in the evening. After LIS class, we only had an hour for lunch (I had a prusiutto sandwich and chips.) I seem to be drinking more gatorade and powerade lately. I guess it's good for quenching...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Siena

I woke up early so I could take a shower before Anna and then I took a short nap. Fiorella was nice enough to bring me the ice pack again to ice my ankle. I finished getting ready and then went down to breakfast. We were back to a regular full day of school. During break between deaf culture and LIS class, I went to get a waffle and a drink to energize myself. After LIS, I went out to lunch with Katie. We went to a stand by a soccer field. I got a disgusting hamburger. We ate in the shade and then made sure we got gelato before leaving (I...

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Jun 15, 2009 - Siena

I woke up and got ready. I went downstairs to breakfast (the usual-toast, biscotti, and cafe latte). I didn't have deaf culture this morning, so I didn't have class until 10:45. I went to the grocery store and bought grapes, cherries, and a salad for lunch. After LIS class, we had a long lunch. So after I ate, I went walking around Siena looking for a place to buy leggings. I ended up finding a pair at Upim. Then I got gelato with Katie (fodente e cocco of course!!). Then we headed back to school for Italian class. I was still a little...

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