Thu 21 Sep 2006
Hello everyone! I’ve been here in Bologna for several weeks now and I’m having a blast! I’m just about finished with my 4 week intensive Italian class, and feel like I can actually communicate pretty well. I’ve gone on a trip every weekend so far. My trips have been to Rimini (which was touristy, but a really relaxing beach day), Ferrara (which was BEAUTIFUL and I recommend highly as a place to visit), and to the region around Siena in Toscany. That was last weekend, and it was a bit too touristy for me, but we got to stay at the monastery where they filmed “The English Patient”. And that was amazing. Bologna is really great. It’s a fun and really beautiful city. I’ve got an apartment in the Southwest corner of the center, and I’m only a twenty minute walk from school. I’ve met so many people here from Dickinson, that I’m now friends with, but didn’t even know before! There are porticos all over Bologna, so if it rains, it’s not too bad, although I have to say, my favorite day so far has been walking home in the POURING rain with no umbrella, raincoat, and wearing sandals. I got absolutely drenched, but it was so much fun. The wind was pushing the rain around and then I started to feel what I thought were big raindrops, but it was hail! Now that was pretty sweet. Good day.
Oh and about the food, it’s pretty much amazing. I made pasta with zucchini and tomato sauce the other night and it was delicious. I also tend to eat way too much gelato, but I’m working on it.
Hope everyone’s doing well wherever they are!