Monthly Archives: July 2011

It is a remarkably small world after all

Yesterday afternoon I was at the school in the common area where students can access free wifi and I saw a student with a gorgeous picture of herself and a horse as the screen saver on her laptop.  I asked … Continue reading

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Some creepy stuff (be forewarned!)

I found some good “creepy” today in the museum associated with the Duomo. First, the relics of San Clemente Martire dating back to 1720.  The relics are essentially his skull and a few bones.  OK, it is not as good … Continue reading

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Linda, part duh

Linda is a diva extraordinaire!  You know the type, everything is all about her and no one has had experiences that come anywhere close to hers. She is currently not working and I haven’t asked her why / what happened … Continue reading

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My Stendhal moments

I mentioned in a prior post that I had a bit of a Stendhal syndrome moment at the Siena Duomo (cathedral). First of all I love the exterior of the Duomo, the campinile (bell tower) is alternating stripes of white … Continue reading

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Here’s looking at you!

As today is Domenica (Sunday) I figured I should do something religious so decided I would do all-things Santa Caterina as I am living in her neighborhood. Santa Caterina (1347-1380) is the patron saint of Siena and she was born … Continue reading

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Stendhal syndrome

From Wikipedia 🙂 : Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a … Continue reading

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Week 1 recap

I have officially been in Italy one week and Siena six days.  How has it been?  Well, I have been reminded twice recently that the first week of anything is very rough!  The first week out of my job was … Continue reading

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