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June 2011

June 23, 2011

Termoli, Italy

sunny 81 °F

     Last night, I went with my host family's dad to listen to him sing Italian cover songs with two of his childhood friends. They performed at the second home of Charlie, the more extraverted of the three. To get to the house, we went through two or three little towns. These towns were quite impressive. The old buildings were on an incline and were built against each other for support. (It was getting dark so I didn't get any good pictures.) There were also beautiful stone churches hidden at each town center.  Charlie's house was about a mile away from the last town we passed, hidden by the thick foliage of the surrounding area. Behind his house, he had a field of sunflowers.
     Now, I must explain to you the comical aspect of the evening. The host dad, Michele, is Albanian. He speaks Italian with a very thick Albanian accent, or so I am told. So, we had three Albanian men speaking Italian, one who studied In England and knew about two handfuls of English words, and then there's me. I speak an awful mix of English, Spanish, and Italian.
     I spent the first ten minutes concentrating on figuring what the song lyrics meant, and the rest of the time laughing at the men's foreign antics. Like typical men, they dedicated songs, made fun of each other, and drank. Every song they played was cheesy and spoke of love, it was very entertaining. They were a lot better than I expected them to be.

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June 20, 2011

Termoli, Italy

sunny 84 °F
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     It has been three days since I got to my host family's house. They have been exceptionally nice and considerate. The parents who took me in have three children: Alessandra,19, Francesco,4, and Chiara,3. They gave me Alessandra's room for the two weeks that I am here, and I am eternally grateful.

     Today was my first day working at the camp, and I can honestly say that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. The children were respectful, but it wasn't easy communicating and they were easily bored. The camp theme is Arthur and Friends, so the tutors split up there classes into four groups, Archers, Lords & Ladies, Knights, and Dragons. The groups from each class came together and created banners, battle standards, and flags. It was really cool. The best part was when we got the entire camp together for a tournament on who had the best artwork.

     For the past couple of days I had to rely on the host family's computer because they didn't have wi-fi. Today, after Rays superior guidance,I set up their wi-fi, which they did indeed have but had no idea how to set it up. The first thing I did was contact Ray through the iPad program called FaceTime. Now, I am am able connect to the rest of the world again!!

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June 15

Arma di Taggia

sunny 87 °F

  ===   For the past few days, we have been training from 8:30 am until 5 pm. We are learning songs to sing with the children, and working on lesson planning. Ray and I got placed in the same camp (thank god!) and tomorrow we find out exactly where our camp will be located. Our group consists of three supervisors and us. That rocks! People that were placed in other groups keep calling us the "super group." I can't wait to get started. We meet our host families starting on Saturday, which is also very exciting.

     I got to stay with Ray the whole time, even though the apartment is supposed to be only guys. We have a small room to ourselves, which has been a blessing because we were both really sick. Plus, it helps knowing we got a little extra time together before the camps. I have met a lot of interesting people with amazing stories and backgrounds. What an adventure! ===

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June 13, 2011

sunny

     We woke up extremely sick today. Ray had a fever the night before, and I woke up with one. The biggest blisters imaginable lined the heel of my right foot. We  unwillingly packed our bags and trekked over to the train station, bought our tickets and were out of the city by 10:00 am. We tried to find flu medicine but all the pharmacies were closed because of Pentecost and no shops sold medicine. At 10:30 am, we got to the Ventimiglia, Italy stop. I was able to properly buy tickets in my Rosetta Stone Italian, which was pretty awesome! It took us another half hour to get over to the San Remo station, but it felt great to finally be where we needed to be. 
 
     We took a bus to Blue Beach, which is like a low-key hotel on the water. This is where we will be staying for the rest of the week for training purposes. I am bunking with four other girls in this tiny little efficiency apartment. My husband is at the other end of the hall with four guys, I think. This is a very strange experience since I have only ever lived with my family and now my husband. I mentally prepared to be apart from him, but now that it's happening, it sucks. The girls I am bunking with seem very nice, I am glad I didn't get a bunk full of loud, obnoxious people. 

     Tomorrow we begin our training. There are about eighty tutors here, so they split everyone up into two groups. Of course, my husband and I were placed separately, but a really nice guy in my husbands group asked the supervisors if we could switch so my husband and I could be together. 

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June 12, 2011

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June 12, 2011

    Today, we woke up early with no alarm set. It was about 8 a.m. We got dressed and walked down to the train station to check it out. The walk was a little easier today since we weren't as tired as last evening. We took a map this time, which was good because this place is ridiculously confusing. The weather was great, it was warm with a cold ocean breeze. 

     Our first stop was the Russian Orthodox Church, it was a beautiful structure, I wish I could have taken pictures but we weren't allowed. Next door there was a little pastry shop, so we bought breakfast and walked down the street eating our yummy formage turnover.

  We searched for another touristy point on our map but never found it. We kept ending up in these little alleyways with dead ends. Plus, it was all uphill so I was exhausted. We had walked miles and miles in just one morning. We jumped in another tram, illegally again, but as we got on it, there was an announcement on the loudspeaker saying that the tram was out of order. So, we decided to walk. I am so glad that we walked because we got lost in the streets of Nice and ended up finding an outdoor fresh market that hosted vendors with an array of fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, flowers, herbs, and homemade soaps. We bought a handful of very large cherries and were happily satisfied. We also found the most beautiful church I have ever seen. It was a hidden gem, with the most beautiful structures and paintings I have ever seen. (I was able to take pictures there, so they will be up soon.)

      We also went to the city's Contemporary Art museum and saw some great  pieces and some not so great pieces. We did go up some 6 stories of the museum and took pictures of the view. 

    We roamed the streets, and ended up at the same restaurant where we had a glass of wine at the night before. We had peeked at the tables around us and had seen pure deliciousness, so we thought we would treat ourselves! So glad we did! Ray had a steak and I had a seafood linguine. Talk about fresh! After the restaurant, we walked very slowly and jumped on a tram back to the hotel, where we showered and I am currently writing this from and where Ray is taking a nice, long nap. I also wanted to add that I hand-washed our dirty clothes and have them hanging on the windowsill. Very French of us, huh. :)

. I also wanted to add that I hand-washed our dirty clothes and have them hanging on the windowsill. Very French of us, huh. :)

Tomorrow, we catch a train to Sanremo, Italy. 

  • ****Note: Ray will be posting up his experiences too. Stay tuned! 

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