Field Trips, Masks, and Football games
Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
14Trip End Apr 28, 2008
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First, we went to Sienna, which was a little over an hour away. It used to be the stopping point between Rome and Florence, so there is a lot of history there. They hold a horse race there two times a year, and it is very well known all over Europe. Each region of Sienna is represented by a different horse, and you cheer for the horse from the region you were born in. You can't change who you cheer for and it exciting because many families are in different regions. The horse race is held in the main piazza and afterwards, who ever is the winner, the people march up to the church to celebrate and thank the god for their victory.
We walked through the city streets, and everything is still maintained from the way it was so long ago. They haven't done much to remodel because they are really trying to preserve the city how it is. They obviously have electricity and plumbing, but it isn't what most are used to.
Afterwards, we went to the main piazza and had free time to just wonder around ourselves. Amy and I actually ran into a girl from our high school there because she was studying abroad in Sienna. Small world, huh? It was pretty cold and a little rainy that day, so we had a coffee and then did some shopping! We both bought some shoes. I finally found a pair of boots that I liked and will now attempt to fit in over here with my footwear!
Everyone from school met up in the piazza and we traveled another 45 minutes or so to San Gimignano. It's an even smaller Tuscan town there, but the views were incredible!! I've never been able to see so far!
We got back around 7 that night and Amy and I just spent some time shopping in the city center. We both bought a pair of skinny jeans to go with our new shoes. I can't believe I actuallly bought them because I really don't like that style, but with boots on, they looked good and now I'll fit in the style over here! Then we went out to eat at a restaurant near our apartment that we had wanted to try. We found our new favorite pizza place!!
Saturday, we had to get up early again because we were taking a bus to Venice for Carnavale! We found some group that was offering a really good deal to go to Venice and a lot of people from school signed up for the trip. We left at 10 and got home at 3am, so even though it was only a day trip, we were able to be there for a long time. Once we got there, we had to take a train for a few minutes to actually get to Venice because there aren't any roads, just water canals!
Sunday we caught up on some sleep and booked some trips. I'm all set to go to Milan in a couple weeks, Seville and Barcelona for Spring Break, and Ireland over Easter. It didn't feel good to spend so much money at one time, but I can't wait to go on the trips, because it will all be worth it then!!
That night we had tickets to the Fiorentina football (soccer) game versus Milano!
We didn't get there too early, and so learned our lesson, because if you don't get there super early, you won't get to sit in your seat. So we found some other friends of ours from school and stood with them down by the field. It turned out to be better because we were very close and could see just fine!
I've been to some pretty loud Packer and Badger games, but this game was something else! They were constantly cheers and yelling and everyone was always in unison. I wish I could have understood what they were saying, but Rosa knows Italian pretty well, and was able to tell us that there were some nice and not so nice chants going on! There was a section for the Milan fans, and they would occasionally start burning something (I think a Florence flag) in the stands.
It was a really fun experience to go to a soccer game and just absorb what was going on. The game itself was even fun to watch, but Florence lost at the end. We live so close to the stadium that if we go to another game, we will know to walk over there earlier now!
All in all this weekend was a lot of fun and I was able to see many different aspects of Italian life! I have my first quiz this week in Italian so I'll have to start to do some real studying! Sometimes I forget that I'm actually going to school too!