Friday, April 13, 2012
We had a small Spring break from school and I mostly spent it relaxing and becoming addicted to The Amazing Race – amazingly, I had never seen it before. Good thing there are like 18 more seasons to go… I also went to a good friend’s wedding. It was at Villa Viviani – a beautiful villa in the hills of Tuscany above Florence. The view was amazing and I would never get sick of it. It made me appreciate how lucky I am to live here (and how much I want to live in the country and not in the city).
After a nice break, I came home to a broken fridge. Something else to add to the list of things I’ve had to live without for at least a week of permanently (washer, dryer, heater, air conditioner, hot water, freezer). I can’t really think of anything else left – I shouldn’t jinx it – but hopefully the fridge will get fixed one of these days soon.
So now the countdown begins…10 more weeks of school!! I need to start checking things off my list of things to see before I leave. It is free museum culture week next week.. Although, I like the idea of leaving some things undone – always a reason to come back..
Sunday, March 11, 2012
This post is for Laura since she might be the only one who reads it anyway My life really hasn’t been super exciting in the past few months. I feel like I hibernated all winter – it got so cold here – and all of Italy. Although it didn’t snow much it was in the 10s and 20s for a couple of weeks – way, way too cold for me. Don’t forget we have ancient radiators and old buildings that can’t keep up. I can’t tell you how much I love smart wool socks, thermals, scarfs, gloves, coats and my Snuggie. So somehow I survived. It really was cold – not just for Italy – we had this biting wind that didn’t go away for 2 weeks. And the Arno was even iced over: something most Fiorentines have never seen.
But we survived and it is starting to feel like Spring!
I went to Venice for Carnevale with some friends. Here Carnevale is like Halloween but with lots of festivals and parades and confetti and treats everywhere. Venice was packed full of people in historic costumes (a little bit like the Castro used to be on Halloween). We had a great time. Now it’s time to wait for Spring – huge chocolate easter eggs are already in the stores, Easter hunts and treats, gardens and flowers and basking in the sun in the piazzas (my favorite past time).
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
So I’ve been back for almost a week and it’s been a busy one. Some good welcomes and some bad welcomes…
I was welcomed to scaffolding up in front of my window and behind our balcony..for some reason they are removing all of the surface of the building and redoing it. Which means pounding and hammering all day long..not to mention that we now have our washer (nonfunctioning) in the kitchen and no hot water for 3 days (so far). When was the last time you heated 16 pots of water on the stove to make a warm bath?
I was welcomed to my great roommates and Grazia’s birthday party…and then in time to help her move back to Sardegna. Work had already called me before I even got back and I started again at 2 the next day. Good thing I never have problems with jet lag. Unfortunately they changed all the books at work so I get to redo all my lessons.
And I was welcome back to Fall! Which means pretty soon it will be colder in the house than outside and I’ll be wearing jackets all the time until the heat gets turned on – and the leaves will be turning beautiful colors. Welcome back to walking everywhere, waiting for busses that never come, cigarette smoke, good food: pasta, pizza, gelato, great students and friends.