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Europe » Italy » Marche » Numana July 18th 2011

Well...we're back. In Numana. There was a short commercial break in Senigallia but now the movie continues... The last time I wrote it was the 3rd night of our stay in Numana and I was a bit frustrated for various reasons. Mostly the heat. Also the not much to do here factor. Then there was the fact that I only packed a small bag and you can only wear the same tank top so many times. And finally there was the missing people from home a lot and wishing that I had someone I loved here with me to share this trip with. But like Bill Murray, I got past the negativity. I began enjoying the small things. And soon enough, it became really fun even though everyone was still extremely sweaty. First I searched the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 14th 2011

I'm a little late on writing this one, but yesterday was just crazy! Not much happened during the actual day, but right around 8, after a disappointing dinner, a group of us went to play soccer with five Italian guys, 3 of which we had played basketball with. It was so much fun! I of course didn't play, but I was dubbed by Lucas, sorta the leader of them all, the coach/cheerleader of all the players. All I really did was take a lot of pictures and laugh at all the shenanigans that were going on on the field. One of the guys was a professional. He's not at the top level (A), but the one below it (B) (I compared it as not MLB but AAA). It was so cool to see him play, and ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 12th 2011

Well, I had my mid-terms today, and they weren't too bad. So right now my electricity keeps going on and off without any roommate's currently freaking out about it in the shower. Anywho, we went to Roman ruins this afternoon. I think I can honestly say I have never sweated that much in my life. It was well above 90 (I know y'all Texans don't think that's bad, but just wait) and not a cloud in the sky. Even the Italians were uncomfortable. On top of all that, the ruins weren't very good. Maybe I've been spoiled by the Roman ruins in Rome, but these were just a jumble of rocks (some of which used to make the public bathroom, sadly the only easily identified room) and a Medieval skeleton. There was no shade, the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 11th 2011

There isn't much to talk about today. We have our mid-term tests tomorrow, so nothing was planned for today. Even if I hadn't been studying, I wouldn't have done much because it was oppressively hot everywhere, not just in our rooms like usual. In class we had a scavenger hunt review where we teamed up and Simone would give us a 'city' from our 'itinerary' and on that card would be a conversation to translate, words to spell, nouns to give articles to, verbs to conjugate, etc. My team came in second....out of three. I did go to the supermarket and get pear juice, which is currently in my fridge so that it'll be cold for the morning! And, best part....FROSTIES!! The Italian name for Frosted Flakes is Frosties. Everything's the same, Tony, the taste, the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 11th 2011

We didn't have anything planned for today, so I finally got to sleep in and not set an alarm! Liana and I both decided against going to the beach like we had considered on Friday, instead choosing to stay in Urbino and study (midterms are this Tuesday!!). We walked up to the top of mountain/hill that Urbino's on where the fortress is. There's a huge green space with a couple trees and we sat there for a couple hours enjoying the pleasant breeze and the beautiful view while studying. Not much else happened today, besides a nice walk with a couple friends after dinner to digest a little and work off my second plate of pasta of the day. I've had so much pasta (at least once a day, usually twice....) it can't be healthy. Can't ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Numana July 9th 2011

All I can say as an opener is…holy shit, it’s hot. Let me catch you up. Last time I wrote I was in Milan and it was very early in the morning. Ok, so much to tell… The next day we traveled to Senigallia, a popular vacation spot for Italians and Germans and home to the Brizioli's in the summer. The home is gorgeous. Modern, bright, and open to the sea. Perfect for beach living. Dark, slate-like floor, white minimalistic furniture, flashy pop art. It feels young and fresh. We spent the first hour upon arrival cleaning up the house (their “house-helper” from Romania had to return home for something but will be coming back soon). Then it was time to prepare dinner, which always takes an exceedingly long time in Italy because everything is homeade ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 8th 2011

I just finished lunch in the Menza (their equivalent of a cafeteria) and am full beyond belief. Italians for lunch and dinner have a first plate (pasta), a second plate (entree and two sides), and dessert/fruit. I get all the plates because otherwise the cashier people don't like it, but I can only really eat the pasta, side and fruit. I had planned on going to the beach today, but the plan changed and now I'm going into town (Urbino) to walk around and the like with a group of friends. Unfortunately, it's incredibly hot and sunny. I'm going to be drinking water constantly and sweating...I mean glowing ;) profusely. In class we're working on regular verb conjugations in the present tense and our vocabulary in general. We were supposed to play Taboo, but we asked ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » San Leo July 7th 2011

I can FINALLY get on the Internet to let y'all know what I've been up to! First off, either American Airlines or Delta misplaced my luggage and I only got it today an hour ago :( That was an AWFUL way to start a five and a half week trip. But now that I have it, everything will be better and more beautiful and better enjoyed. So far I've had class from 9-12 every day and then some activity in the afternoon. Monday was a tour of Urbino, Tuesday was the Ducal Place, yesterday I went to the beach in Pesaro, today we are going to San Leo and Pennabilli (I think that's how you spell it...).....Actually, a combination of a bad Internet connection and little patience caused me to not get to post this until ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Civitanova Marche June 27th 2011

Il passaporto è quasi pronto, la routard letta da cima a fondo... Ancora un mese e mezzo di duro lavoro e poi salterò sull'aereo che ci porterà, me e la mia compagna Michela, in Marocco. Il piano è, sulla carta, semplice: visitare le città di Casablanca e Fés magari sconfinando nei territori circostanti, Taza, l'antica Volubilis, Meknes... già il suono di questi nomi mi risveglia l'idea di spazi e gente a me sconosciuti. L'oceano Altantico, moschee, medine, suq... Sono elettrizzato e terrorizzato allo stesso tempo, avrò l'opportunità di saggiare la mia conoscenza dell'arabo (che temo essere approssimativa), ed è la prima volta che viaggio dovendo fare affidamento solo sulla mia capacità di comunicare (e spero che l'inglese possa farmi da salvagente!). YA MAGHRIB, ILA AL IQA!... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino April 11th 2011

This week’s adventure was a trip to Urbino with the staff and students of CCI. We left early Friday morning and arrived around noon hour in Urbino, a town noted for its university and the ducal palace built there in the mid 15th century as well as being the home of the painter Raphael (you can see one of his more famous paintings below). It was immediately apparent that Urbino is a university town. Instead of the usual staid Italians I have become accustomed to seeing in the towns we have visited, there were many “student types” walking the streets to and from classes and sipping cappuccinos or expressos at the many cafes. It would have been nice to stroll through the town and visit the shops that cater to this crowd but, alas, time did ... read more
The Duke
Courtyard of the Ducal Palace
Deb, Dianne and I in front of the Palace

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