Monthly Archives: May 2011

Random Observations About the Italian Lifestyle

Random Observations About the Italian Lifestyle Having been in Italy for almost five weeks, I have noticed some interesting cultural characteristics of the Italian lifestyle. I had known of some of these, but others are new awarenesses for me. -Tables … Continue reading

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Bellissima Verona

May 8 Sunday I had a chance to practice my Italian this morning with the taxi driver on the way to the station. I guess I am getting better at Italian because we had a conversation the entire way there, … Continue reading

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Going to Rimini

Saturday May 7 I needed a break from walking around towns filled with palaces, museums, churches and castles, so I took the train today to Rimini to go to the beach. Once I got there, I didn’t want to waste … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Ferrara

May 6 The strap on my luggage broke, so this morning I went to the ferramenta(hardware store), and bought a nut and bolt ( dado and bullone) and a small screwdriver. It was a typical small store with a shopkeeper … Continue reading

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Bologna

May 5 My accommodations in Bologna are at another convent/monastery but this one is a little different, as it is actually a dorm of a college, San Tommaso. It is much nicer than the convent accommodations I had in Rome, … Continue reading

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An Easy Day in Carrara

May 5 I am at the train station in Carrara. I arrived early because I wanted to buy my ticket to Bologna, having to change trains only once, in Florence. Carrara-Avenza station is small, and everything is made of marble, … Continue reading

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An Afternoon at the Beach

May 3 After I returned from the marble quarries, I took a bus to Marina di Carrara, the next small town where there is port and a beach. Living in Florida, I have missed the beach, so it was wonderful … Continue reading

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Incredible Carrara

May 3 It felt so good to be sleeping in a big bed, have room to move around, and a shower not only big enough to turn around in, but made of marble. My hotel is beautiful and quite a … Continue reading

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Train Travel to Carrara

Monday May 2 I expected the trains to be crowded leaving Rome today after the beatification as well as the Labor Day celebrations yesterday. When I bought my ticket to Carrara, it was for standing room only. If I didn’t … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in the Park in Rome

Sunday afternoon May 1 It’s a beautiful sunny afternoon and definitely too nice to be inside. I found my way to Borghese Park, which is sort of the Central Park of Rome. It is huge and includes the famous Borghese … Continue reading

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