Monday, April 28, 2008
Our original plan was to conclude the evening on the beach with a falò, bonfire (not to be confused with fallo, pronounced deceptively similar), but our idea was squelched by the tramontana north wind ever plaguing the area this time of year.
Spiaggia di Tarquinia The Beach in Tarquinia
Regardless, It was therapy to my Southern California soul to smell the salt air and hear waves, no matter how piddly they were.
Mia Famiglia Italia My Italian Family
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
But since none of us had really trained for such a thing, we signed up for the STRACITTADINA, a 4 K "fun run" around a small part of the city.
The run started just after the Marathon took off. We all gathered (in our free t shirts and hats) next to the colleseum and to the tune of "Volare," began our march through Rome. Streets were blocked off and supporters lined the way shouting "Bravi."
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
One such difference has been rather difficult for me to get used to: In Italy, bars are not the center of nightlife, full of drinking and dancing. Bars are what Americans would call a cafe - a place to get coffee or a light meal, sit, and enjoy people's company.
Italians take the term bar literally - a long counter where beverages and food are served. The coffee culture isn't a sit down and chat while sipping a venti iced frappuccino kind of scene; it's a let me slurp down a cappuccino while I have a fifteen minute break from class while standing at the counter.
I always do a double take when a teacher says, "take a break, go to a bar. be back in fifteen..."
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Lupa, the Italian word for prostitute, comes from "Lupo" or wolf. Prostitutes used to make a howling sound in order to signal their availability to interested clientele. They lurked in dark streets on the outskirts of town.
Current reference: Professor Lupin - the werewolf teacher in Harry Potter.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I live in the historical center of town with an Italian couple (Loredana and Bruno). The school that I attend, Lorenzo de'Medici, is located just inside the medieval walls of the historical center. Six other students (from Boston; Circleville, Ohio; Chicago; Albany; Sun Valley; Monterey, Mexico) are here for Spring semester and three students are the first set of students participating in LdM's "Three-Cities" program which starts in Tuscania.
My classes revolve around Italian arts and culture. I'm taking:
- Masterpieces of Italian Literature
- Beginning Italian
- Digital Photography
- Foods of Italy
- Tuscania Sketchbook
With less than a week in Italy under my belt, I've already had a completely different experience than my previous semester in Oxford. This blog will be a culture diary, chronicling my immersion into a new and wonderful place.
Photo: View from a park in the historical center ~ Tuscania.