Friday, June 5, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Things I’m going to miss about Florence:
Nicole: a girl whom is quickly becoming one of my best friends, has a wonderful little shoulder to cry on, says “gotcha” all the time, enjoys a good meal, likes to pre-game early, keeps me optimistic even when I don’t feel like it, my painting and pastry buddy. I’m going to miss her.
Marsha: Oh how I’m going to miss Marsha with her 20 (or so) necklaces, two pairs of glasses, distinctive voice, take-no-crap attitude, wise advice, unflattering energy, amazing teaching abilities, stories about her amazing life journey, and the way she calls me by my last name because its fun to say. Can’t I just take her home with me?
The Contessina Faculty: what would the Contessina be without asking for an internet card nearly everyday for 2 months and the young daughter and her husband (whom speaks no english), and their two incredibly cute young kids? Or the way the mother goes out of her way to make sure that we are happy, sometimes surprising us with a home baked cake. Or Kiara, my bffl, who speaks wonderful english and fishes for compliments to make her feel like shes not old. Or her husband, who looks very different in regular clothes. And lets not forget Franceso, and his awkwardness, his passion for knowledge, the fact that he’s never wrong according to him, how he would never date me because I have tattoos, the way he first had a crush on Megan then moved to Caitlin, or the way he gets so bored and will talk your ear off for as long as you let him. Oh the Contessina, what will you do without the girls in 204?
The going-out crew: Sarah Jane and Leo, Melissa, Nicole and Leo (my drinking buddy!!) I miss the good times with them.
The Boboli Gardens: where dreams can come true and fairy tales are real. I will miss killing time just because, reading a book under a tree, taking a nap in the open grassy field at the bottom of the gardens, sitting on the benches near the lake, watching the fish in the fountain, and enjoying a sunny day away from the crowds. I’ll never forget the photoshoot with Keith in the gardens and our picnic afterwards. Oh the ways in which I will miss the Gardens?
The Museums: bored? go to a museum. Simple as that, go see some kick-a art, something different every time from all the different museums to choose from.
Via dell’Alloro 14: The LdM art building, smells of turp and oil paint, how theres always an art kid in the building somewhere, the outrageously early hours in which they close, the moody tetris guys who don’t like their jobs, J.R. the cute little guy who cleans the building and is so nice, how theres always at least two different sources of music coming from the same room, and the comforting fact that art kids converge there.
Misc. things: the cobblestone streets, the beautiful buildings, the windows and doors, gelato, the central market, the dried fruit guy, fresh food, walking EVERYWHERE, dogs in bars, drinking with an open container on the street, the wine bar on the corner, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, the way the italians say OK, using words like Grazie and Ciao daily, H&M and Zara, the freaking amazing pastries, the carousal, street artists, San Lorenzo Market, the paninis, the AMAZING art supply stores!!!, the amazing art, the condom dispensers on the street (hilarious for a Catholic country), fresh mozzarella, pretty much everything.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I went to Venice this past weekend, and fell completely in love. So in love that now I wish I had considered studying for the semester in Venice. Gorgeous. You step out of the Train Station and into water. Its amazing. Then you can walk, take a water taxi, or a ferry to where ever you need to go. There are NO CARS anywhere, how different then what I'm used to. Absolutely beautiful. And whats funny about it is that I had no desire to see Venice whatsoever, but as soon as I seen it I fell in love. There was an Italian family sitting near me on the train and when I seen the vastness of the water for the first time I gasped out loud, they laughed at me (not in a "I'm making fun of you" way, but in a "Yeah, Venice does that to you" way). The ferry ride (my first) was interesting to say the least, very crowed, and they cram way too many people on the things and the ferry guy was really rude, but I guess if you have to deal with tourists all the time you would be kind of cranky. The weather was wonderful, upper 70's, clear blue skies, in other words a wonderful day to go to Venice. And there were soo many people there in the main squares, but less down the smaller streets. The buildings look so run down and old, but beautiful all at the same time. And I like how you can tell how high the water gets because of the green moldy slime on the bottom of the buildings. Something else that I got a kick out of is the fact that many streets dead-end...into water.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This past Thursday, I got a package in the mail! and it was a big one too. It was like Christmas all over again, I couldn't wait to open it up. So, I did, in the middle of class. I must say I do have the worlds best mother-in-law. She stocked me up with American foods/candies. Gobstoppers, Charleston Chews, Nerds, Oreos, beef jerky!, and Poptarts! It was amazing to open it and see all those goodies, plus a letter from her, Keish, and Court. Exciting stuff. Needless to say, everyone is jealous, but I share. And my jewelry teacher, who is German, wanted to try the Charleston Chews. He loved them! He said that I would have to mail him some more once I get back in the states. lol. I LOVE my goodies. They will definitely hold me over for the next 20 days, yes thats right, I only have 20 days left. Crazy huh? but I have sooo much work to get done in those 20 days. I have to start and finish a two-panel painting, make some corrections to an old painting, finish up a marble sculpture (which is not going too bad), start and finish a silver bracelet in jewelry class, and a project/paper for my museums class. Oh, and Italian class is going ok. My grade average is a B (in Italian), which is awesome because it gives me some leeway on that final. ;)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
- Italy is the 5th most industrialized country in the world.
- Its about the size of Arizona.
- The average Italian eats about 55 pounds of pasta a year.
- Italy has a low birth rate, because family values are changing in Italy.
- 98% of Italians in Italy are Roman Catholics.
- The story of Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi, a Florentine.
- The average Italian eats about 1/2 pound of bread a day.
- Italy has one of the highest eating disorders rates in the world. (I've been told this, I'm not 100% sure on it though.)
- Eyeglasses are an Italian invention.
- The average Italian drinks about 26 gallons of wine a year.
- Italy imports over 75% of its energy.
- Italy has over 3,000 museums, Florence being the home of Italian Art.
- The Vespa is an Italian made motor scooter.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This past weekend I went to Rome with my roommate Caitlin. I had been dying to go, and wanted to wait until the weather straightened up to go. Thankfully, it didn't rain until after we were already on the train back home. Rome was really the only other Italian city that I had be dying to see. Hello, the Sistine Chapel is there. So, to Rome I went. It was an interesting adventure.