A Busy Few Weeks

February 26, 2009 at 9:07 am (Uncategorized)

Well, time has been flying past. In a week, I leave for spring break free travel. I’ll be going to Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris before returning to the villa. But it seems as if there are a thousand things to do before we get there! We’ve gotten plane tickets, but there’s many more reservations to make and plans to finalize. I’ll be traveling with Robert Cook, Maggie Davis, and Lindsay Wagner. We’re a small group, but that just gives us more flexibility in our plans.

It’s been packed getting to this point. A week ago, I had just returned from a ski trip in the Apennines. It was a really fun trip; I actually learned how to ski. Sadly, one of the girls broke her leg and had to return home for surgery and physical therapy. We were all very sad to see her leave, but reports say everything is going well.

Since I last wrote, we’ve been to Siena and San Gimignano, both very old and beautiful cities. They are just a few hours from Scandicci, so it wasn’t very long trip. We saw i Pagliacci in Italian, of course. It was a slightly modernized version, though all the songs were original, from what I can tell. (We cheated and watched it with subtitles at the villa before actually going to see it.) I had a taste of Italy where I ate entirely too much food. They served 15 different items and I sampled each. There was a chocolate festival in Scandicci that had free samples.

We’ve been to a Fiorentina soccer game and watched them win in the final seconds. The stands went crazy. And we even had a chance to celebrate Carnevale with masks and traditional desserts. And tacos, which, for some reason, I don’t think are traditional Italian.

Tomorrow we finally get to see the Uffizi. I’m very much looking forward to that. We’ve seen some very incredible works of art. Next Monday, we leave for Lucca/Pisa, and then on to Cinque Terre. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this trip. I have a day and a half back, and then it’s off to Spain. Time is just flying past.

Love and miss everyone. God Bless!


1 Comment

  1. Courtney Taylor said,

    I’m so glad you’re having so much fun!

    All that food sounds tasty, and I’m so jealous that you got to go to an opera!

    I hope you have an amazing time in Spain and France.

    Stay safe and take lots of pictures!

    Love you chica!!!! ❤

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