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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

Europe » Italy » Marche » Fabriano May 29th 2010

My stay here in Fabriano is coming to a close and in the last 12 days, I have eaten enough olive oil to lube the pistons of my car for 6 months. My skin is glistening like a Victoria's Secret model and I believe I could successfully get to the end of a slip-and-slide without the aid of water. If I went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, they might announce another debilitating oil spill and to bring loaves of bread and an appetite to help clean it up. No but seriously, if the secret to French cooking is butter, the Italian secret is loads of delicious olive oil. And they say no one does olive oil like they do. In fact, Italians have a lot of pride for many things and each region has their ... read more
Luigi
the yard
Tuesday sunset

Europe » Italy » Marche » Fermo March 10th 2010

“Do you understand what just happened?” the greasy con man asked. “You got played” I’d stopped at a fuel station10 km south of Pescara to take some headache medicine, and while I dug through my bag to find it, I saw three men who appeared to be playing a shell game along the side of the building. Having zero interest in gambling, I hardly made a note of it. Then, out of nowhere… “Did you drive that Vespa all the way from London?” I looked up to see a well-dressed Italian man in a fine outer coat speaking to me in English. “Yes actually, I did.” “That’s a really long way,” he said. “Yes, it is.” “Do you see what they’re doing over there?” he asked. I said I did, but wasn’t interested at all. He ... read more
Brennan and his Cousin Remo
Brennan in San Ginesio
Countryside in Winter

Europe » Italy » Marche » Macerata February 24th 2010

Sorry folks - after waiting 10 months for Nemo to write this blog, I concede defeat. Enjoy the pics!... read more
Not Sure What These Are - Some Sort Of Fishing Thingamyjig?
A Gaggle Of Pilgrims
One Of The Church Towers In Assisi

Europe » Italy » Marche » Ancona June 8th 2009

So far everything has worked to plan which means that Monday evening we are sat on a ferry from Ancona to Greece. Looking back we have been amazingly lucky with the weather, we missed the storms in Northern Italy, saw some in the distance, and caught a torrent of rain when sat in a bar in Pontremoli. So all in all, a few spots of rain and some nasty spray in the UK, and a few spots on the last leg yesterday, south from Bologna to Cattolica. Today the short hop from Cattolica to Ancona was uneventful, beyond anything one might encounter on an Italian highway. I think Italian car drivers think everything on two wheels requires no more space than a Vespa carving through the traffic of Milan. (Hilary says that the Italians do not ... read more
The ferry we are on

Europe » Italy » Marche » Ancona May 25th 2009

Ok I finally got my computer hooked up to internet so I can upload some pics of my nice camera. Enjoy!... read more
Host family's house
Italian toaster
toto in Italy?

Europe » Italy » Marche » Ancona May 25th 2009

ok so i can only upload 21 pics at a time. so here are some more. ... read more
coloseum
more coloseum
some cool arch




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