Dancing and Hiking!

Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
Trip End Apr 28, 2008

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

The welcome dinner for CAPA was a lot of fun.  The roomies and I got all dressed up and took the bus back into town.  We got off the bus too soon so we were a little late...but we just thought of it more as "fashionably late" instead!  The school reserved a restaurant and we just had to pay for our drinks.  Amy and I sat together with Scott and some of his roomies and two other girls, Maria and Kalie, who are actually Courtney Jones' roommates (Courtney is a friend from school in MN).  We shared some caraffs of the sparking white house wine and it was great!   The meal itself was amazing.  First they brought out bruschetta and some more bread with this liver spread on it.  Although it looked awful, it was surprising really really good! Mom would be so proud of me eating liver! haha!  Then they brought out trays of proschutto (spelling?) and salami.  Not really my kinda thing, but that's ok!  The next course was some kind of egg/noodle/cheese creamy dish that looked a little bit like lasagna.  It was very very good!  Next was penne pasta with a red sauce with meat in it. It was kinda spicy too, but good, of course! And last but not least, was dessert of tiramisu. I actually didn't really like the dessert but that's ok because I had plenty to eat before that.  I felt like I
wasted a lot though because they gave you so much food and it was too much to eat all of it!

It was a cool experience to be served in courses and it was good to see everyone from the program and get to socialize like that.  People decided to go out after dinner to so that was nice we were already all together in the city center.  Amy and I went with a big group of people over to these two guys' house that we know.  Robb goes to UW Madison and
Tyler goes to the U. 

After we were there for a little bit we went to Space Electronica (a disco) that is right by their house!  It was soooo much fun there to go dancing and have a big group of people there to dance with!  Amy and I left earlier than everyone else, but our plan on going home at Midnight, turned into taking a taxi home at 2:30!  Class was hard to get up for, but we made it! 

We booked our trip to Prague!!!! Lisa, on of our roommmates is coming with us, too!  We are going through a bus company called Bus2Alps.  Since we were of the first 10 people to sign up for the trip we got it at half price.  So we paid 125 Euro for the trip, which in dollars is around $190.  Not bad for round trip transportation from Florence,accomidation with breakfast included, and some guided tours of the city!  So that is going to be Feb 28 and we are very excited!

We also went and bought tickets to the Florentina soccer game that is in a
week!  They are going to be playing Milan.  I can't wait to see what it will be like at the game!  We live right down the street from the stadium so after the game is over we will hop on a bus and go down to an American bar where we will watch the Super Bowl at midnight!

On Saturday there was a hike in Fiesole up Monte Cecesro.  We live pretty close to Fiesole, so we didn't have to take the bus too long to get to where everyone was meeting.  Lorenzo and Laura, two of the CAPA directors, led the hike.  We first saw a building which was built by Michaelangelo as a monestary.  Today, it's one of the nicest hotels in the world you can stay at.  Then we began our VERY LONG hike up to the top!!  It was super steep, so I could really feel it in my legs (and this morning I could feel it even more!!)  Along the way we stopped and saw some caves.  The caves were pretty cool...and there were a couple blankets in there so I think homeless people might spend the night there! haha!

At the very top is a picnic kind of area.  This was the point where Leonardo DiVinci made one of his servants jump off the cliff with his flying machine!  Of course, it was basically just a hang-glider and the servant couldn't really land it, so he died.  But that's the first place where the first human flight occured!
On the way back, we took a different route and were able to walk through the streets of the village.  It was a different experince to be somewhere so small and actually get to see people living a much more simple life.  I felt so far away from Florence, even though when you looked out you could see the entire city!  The views on the hike were amazing.  We could see mountains with snow on top, the Duomo, and everything there was in Florence!!  Today when I looked at Fiesole, I couldn't believe that I was actually all the way up to the top of there!!

Amy and I packed lunches and since it was about 60 and sunny out, we ate outside and just enjoyed some sun!

When we got back, we took a little nap and then walked back into town because at Santa Croce, there was a chocolate festival!  Me + Chocolate = Total Happiness!!  So needless to say, I was very happy, and got some great tasting chocolate! :)

Today, Amy and I went running for awhile and then spent the afternoon in town at a flea market with alot of antiques and explore another side of town we hadn't been to yet.  Another week of classes is about to start, but Friday we won't have class because there is a day trip with school to Sienna and San Gimignano!

I'm so glad that I get to keep in touch with everyone!  I hope you are all doing well!!

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starlagurl on

Busy busy!
You are having such an awesome time, and seeing lots of things. That's the best way to travel and learn.

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