Monthly Archives: October 2011

Vicenza

No, not Venezia (Venice), Vicenza!   A lot of people apparently get these names mixed up and the fact that they are located not far from each other doesn’t help!  The school organized an outing to Vicenza for Saturday so … Continue reading

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Slow food, Italy

This afternoon I had lunch at the home of the woman who owns the apartment in which I am staying.  Her name is Cristina.  She is married and has two adolescent sons. The home is modest, just on the outskirts … Continue reading

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Terremoto!

I awoke to an earthquake (un terremoto) this morning!  It occurred at about 6:15 and later I found out that it registered 4.4 and the epicenter was about 20 miles north of Verona. Initially what woke me was a strange … Continue reading

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Sirmione, Lago di Garda

Sirmione is a lovely little town (commune) situated on a small peninsula, just 4 kilometers long, that juts into the southern end of Lago di Garda, the largest lake in Italy. The school organized a trip for us to visit … Continue reading

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The Duke and The Liar

It was another rainy day in Verona on Monday and looks like the weather may be poor for a couple of days.  Good thing I chose rain boots over a professional dye job last week. 🙂 Several of my classmates … Continue reading

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Sweetbull

Today we had an entertaining moment that caused us to bite our tongues for a minute or two. My l’insegnante, Enrico, was trying to explain the definition of ‘adatto’ to us today and we just weren’t getting it.  As there … Continue reading

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Padova (Padua) – parte due

To finish recounting my trip to Padova: The “Prato della Valle” in Padova is the biggest piazza in Italy and one of the (if not the) biggest in Europe. It is a huge green ellipse surrounded by a canal/moat and … Continue reading

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Padova (Padua to you Yanks!)

The school organized an outing to Padova on Sunday which I very much enjoyed. Padova is known for such things as being the setting of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, for having a University more than 800 years old … Continue reading

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Vice versa

“Vice versa” is a Latin phrase that exists in both Italian and English (thank God!), although pronounced a bit differently!  🙂 I use the phrase in this post as I saw the funniest show on MTV about an Italian guy … Continue reading

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Food, glorious food!

The language schools have all provided some kind of welcome packet to new arrivals that includes such things as a map and a list of recommended restaurants, bars, etc.  I have done a pretty good job at trying out as … Continue reading

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