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July 2, 2011

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     Today we leave back to San Remo after two very busy weeks. Working with Italian children took every last bit of patience I had. I've never seen such badly behaved children. Of course, it could have been the language barrier. They most likely thought I was stupid because I didn't speak the language. The look of shock on the last day of the camp when I told them (in Italian) that I spoke Italian and understood every single thing they said was priceless. The overall experience was great. 
     I worked with an amazing team of people, and my host family was caring and fantastic. When getting on the train, the mom and older daughter cried. I was very honored at being a part of their household. Besides my family, and my husband, I have never lived with anyone else. They made the transition easy. They were patient with my difficulties in understanding them and them understanding me, but at the end of the two weeks I have learned a lot of expressions and phrases. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for accepting me in their everyday rituals.
     About four days ago we got an email from the company I am working for asking me if my husband and I would like to take a two week break between camps, since we were suppose to do three of them. They had over booked tutors and the tutor coordinator thought of us. Hell yeah we want to take a two week break. So off we go back to San Remo.

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June 13, 2011

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     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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