Monthly Archives: July 2011

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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The hills are alive…

Siena is one hilly place!  My school is about a one minute walk from my apartment “as the crow flies” but I actually have to take two switchbacks to get up to where it is! Attached is a photo of … Continue reading

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OMD!

No, not the band some of you may recall from the ’80s!  In this case it would be the Italian version of OMG, “O Mio Dio!” Why?  The drums were rolling when I headed home yesterday evening so I went to … Continue reading

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A house divided

All Senese (no “i”) bambini are naturally baptized in the church but then they are also baptized in their respective contrada! A bunch of us from the school took a tour of the town the other evening and we passed … Continue reading

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Il supermercato

Fortunately, il supermercato is just around the corner from the school and convenient to my little flat.  I have popped in every day so far! Supermarkets are always so interesting, what foods do / don’t they have, how the check-out … Continue reading

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Il Nazi del panini

Marco took us to this little gourmet grocery that his father does some business with as apparently they make good, inexpensive panini. First, let me explain that panini is the plural, panino is the singular. So when you go to … Continue reading

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My classmates

After taking my written and oral exam, I was placed with the students who are starting week 3 classes.   There are eight people in my class, half of them started together two weeks ago and the rest of us … Continue reading

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