The party!

Trip Start Aug 28, 2009
Trip End Nov 24, 2009

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday night was such a blast.  Michael had invited everyone to our place to have a little get-together.  Almost everyone showed up, and it was such a fun time.  That day during class we had talked about words that sound similar, but have very different meanings (like when my Spanish speaking teacher would tell us to get "shits" of paper instead of "sheets") and we had learned that when Brits talk about bringing snacks or appetizers, they call them "nibbles."  You can imagine the laugh we had when we Americans heard it wrong.  Anyway, the girls brought over some nibbles, which included lots of red wine.  Man, people can drink wine over here.  In America, I HATED red wine, and never drank it.  For some reason, over here I love it.  Even Chianti, although that still takes some getting used to.  We compared more words or sayings, like "making out" is "pulling someone" or "I haven't had that in ages" is "I haven't had that in donkeys" and just had a really good time hanging out in a non-school environment.  We do have the perfect house for company, apparently it's the biggest, and we have the garden.  There were lots of pictures, and lots of Nutella, and one of the girls said what I've felt the whole time I've been here- "it feels like I've known you all for 6 months."  They all went out to bars and clubs afterwards, but I was tired so I stayed home and went to bed.  The boys got home at 4:30 in the morning, so I'm happy with my decision to sleep instead.  Saturday we got a late start, but the three of us walked to our teacher's husband's bar "Bar Amadeus."  It is probably one of my new favorite places in Florence, partially because there's free internet, partially because the food is really good and really cheap, and partially because they played Spice Girls on the big screen TV.  We got there around 2:30 after wandering around the Duomo (it's actually a lot closer to our apartment than we originally thought) and I stayed until 10-ish.  I love internet.  I Skyped with Ben and my parents, started my blog, and looked for places to work/live.  I had the place pretty much to myself, and then John and Michael came back and we ate dinner there.  Our teacher joined us, then a former student of hers, and then a former teacher, and it was so much fun.  This teacher is freakin hilaroius.  I kinda have a girl crush on her.  Michael left and about two minutes later roughly a billion American girls came in.  Apparently the bar is on a "pub crawl" and it was the first place on the list.  John of course was deliriously happy, but it got hot and noisy very very quickly, two things I am not a fan of.  We might join next week however, because it'd be a good way to meet others.  Sunday we were going to go on a day trip, but we are all slightly worried we won't find a job or apartment, so we spent a good portion of the day searching for more internet, because our beloved Bar Amadeus was closed (which our teacher forgot to mention to us).  Our new roommate Anita came with, she had arrived from Hungary late Saturday night, and wanted to let everyone know she had arrived safely.  She's pretty incredible, she speaks Hungarian, English, German AND Italian fluently, so I feel very lazy in her presence.  But it's nice to have another girl around the house.  Hopefully some of her amazing language-learning magic will rub off on me!
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carlsosj on

A Very Good Novel
I am sitting here in Boulder pretending I have friends here although the truth is you left and then I discovered your hilarious blog! Now, I do have you in Boulder. We currently are drinking tea at Buchanans with Moses sleeping at our feet.

I miss you and so proud of your adventures! Keep going... and going and going... soon we will have one together!

mhawes22 on

Almost two weeks!
I don't know much, But I know you are having a blast. I smiled the whole time I was reading your latest blog. You are a great writer. And keep doing what your doing!

Love Ya! Dad

harperbl on

like a dream...
wow babe, yeah it is so wonderful to hear your stories in person but the blog is a hit as well, putting a twist on your words and drawing such a more vivd picture in my mind of what life is like in italy. keep going strong, be safe, i cant wait to get an espresso or just a bottle of red wine with you...whether its in italy, spain, or anywhere. its only time, i love you allie :)

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