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Florence July 25, 2010

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Fishing back through old blog posts not yet posted.  Looking back, it has been an unbeliveable summer and I am not even finished!

Watching the sun set on Florence

Final day in Florence.  My body is sore, feet aching.  But it has been beyond a blast.  If this is a glimpse of my life for the next four weeks, I absolutely cannot wait!!!  The internet over here has been iffy and quite frustrating to work with.  One minute it will work, the next it will be off-line.  We will then head to a restaurant or gellateria (gelato shop) and buy food or gelato only to discover that we can solely access Italian websites! (more…)

Welcome to Gorizia! June 2, 2010

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Since arriving in Gorizia, Italy, there’s been lots of exploring the town, eating delicious foods, and drinking wonderful wines! I suppose some class has been thrown in there as well, but it seems wrong to consider this school when I’m having so much fun! I’ve been trying to learn some Italian, despite the fact that many of the locals know English. The people here are all very friendly and helpful, which makes things much easier. We’ve mostly been walking all over the town (except for when it’s raining) trying to get a feel for where everything is. We discovered a bunch of gelato and pastry shops pretty quickly; as our new friend Cesare (a local we met on the train) said, “The food here is wonderful! You will gain twenty-five pounds!”
Today was an Italian holiday, so we didn’t have class and got to sleep in late. After lunch, several of us walked up to the castle to take pictures. The view from the top is gorgeous! I tried to be artistic in some of my shots, but I couldn’t help being a tourist at times. After spending a while up there, we came back down to the city and roamed around the flea market that was set up. I’m not sure if the market is a weekly occurrence or if it was specific to the holiday, but it was definitely interesting. There seemed to be everything imaginable there, from watches and jewelry to paintings and dishes, to baskets and an armless statue of Jesus on a bench (random, right?). (more…)