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Published: June 28th 2011
Italy and EU flags
Hanging above the main piazza in Rovigo, I will miss the country and continent these flags represent!
Ciao everybody! Less than 24 hours before I leave the ground in Venice, visit London for the first time in my life (but it doesn't really count), and land back at home. That's weird to think huh? It is for me...
Today, of course, started with the usual nothing... just sitting around, doing random useless things. I made a copy of the video I played at my graduation party for the family (and even added more photos) so that they can remember me many years from now (if they don't see me again). So that killed a couple of hours.
I also remembered that I promised a long time ago to make you a video of some of the food that we have been eating here in Italy, so I also took some time to do that for you all! I didn't take pictures of every meal, but this video covers a good sample of it!
The first part of the afternoon consisted of the wonderfulness known as packing. You know, the kind where you really want to just have everything packed already but you still have the night and the next morning to use all the stuff
The symbol/crest/shield thing of Rovigo... All I can say about this town is: "I'll be back".
like toothpaste, toothbrush, and deodorant so you can't put those away plus you have to wait to put in the clothes from today and then the chargers for the iPod and computer because you don't want to leave with dead batteries? Yeah. That kind of packing. So right now, pretty much everything is packed... except the aforesaid items.
Today was pretty hot out... and it was about the temperature where you just feel like sleeping. So, I almost decided to nap before I realized it would probably be a good idea to pack. So not only was I grudgingly packing, but I was doing it half asleep and walking around like a zombie because my legs are still incredibly sore from the run on the beach.
Eventually, I got to sit down and rest, and I enjoyed watching some clips of Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza and talking to mi madre for a while up until Paolo and I took off for downtown.
Of course, this was on his motorbike, triggering only a minor stroke this time (I'm getting used to his riding). We ended up at (it never fails...) the post office where we met up with Davide
If you want to have a video of me packing, just look at the one I made in my first couple of entries! (I'm too lazy now)
and his girlfriend and talked for a while. We eventually took a ride in one of Paolo's friend's car and drove to the scene of a small collision between a car and Paolo's friend "Fox" who was on a dirt bike. I'm not sure whose fault it was, but it looked like Fox was riding down the street and the car just pulled out of an alley and knocked him over. Nothing serious, but Fox had a big scrape on his arm and the car had some dents and scratches on the front bumper. The bike looked fine. It was then that it hit me; despite all of the insane driving here in Italy, this was the first car accident I have seen. Curious....
We went back to the post office, conversed and sat around more, and then around 8 we headed over to Federico's house, where he, Paolo, Pile (pronounced "pee-lay"), some other guy and I proceeded to have a "Freaks" marathon. Now, "Freaks" is a series that is on YouTube that's really strange... The first few episodes were without English subtitles so I had little to no idea what was happening, but once there were English subtitles
The car in Fox's accident. You can see me being all stealth-like with the camera in the reflection.
in the next episodes, I figured out that it's about some random people who suddenly have special powers that they're trying to use to accomplish some sort of task (I couldn't figure out what their goal was, but their powers were really strange... like one guy who could make other people feel the exact way he's feeling, a girl who could blind people, and a guy who could time-travel but only he felt aroused... I told you. Strange.) During the "Freaks" marathon, we ate pizza and cookies and drank Coke... a good last junk-food dinner here in Italy. But when the marathon was over, Paolo and I left for the post, and sadly, I had my last goodbye with Federico, one of my best friends here in Italy.
We walked back to the post office and happened to see Antonella and Silvia and I had to say goodbye to them too... and then Thomas (Tomasso) drove up in his car and gave me a going-away present (It included a short personal letter and a small notebook that says on the cover "Patientia Animi Occultas Divitias Habet"--which is Latin for (rough translation) "The patience of the mind has hidden riches".)
The Arch of Superstition
Just next to the main piazza is an arch that no student will willingly pass under... because, according to superstition, if you do, you won't pass the next school year. Hmmm.
It was very thoughtful of him to give a gift. He didn't talk a lot, but he did do a lot for me here in Italy with all of his rides on the 4-Wheeler. He's definitely a guy I will really miss.
After more talking, hanging around, and doing nothing, Paolo and I said our adieu's to the rest of the guys at the post office... Pele, Bacchetta, Alberto, Baracca (The Mad Joker crew) and other guys. As we took off on the motorcycle, I didn't think much about me dying... but more of how much I'll miss this place and the people in it, and how much I really want to come back in the future and see everyone again. Hey, why not? Only time will tell.
As for blog entries, you can probably expect one more from me about our trip home... our morning, flight and layover in London, and what we did on the 9-hour flight to Denver. It's been a fast month for me, and I know that reading one of these every day for all of you can get a little tedious (trust me, writing them gets the same way). But I would just like to say "Grazie!" to everyone who has taken time out of their lives every day for the past month to read about my experiences. It means a lot to me!
Well, I'm tired, and I'm going to bed! I'll hopefully see some of you readers in person tomorrow evening, but if not, in the next couple of weeks! As the Italians would say, "Ci vediamo dopo!"--See you later!
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