Trip Start Apr 26, 2008
28Trip End Ongoing
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
So what've I been up to? Last weekend three of my cousin's friends came to stay the weekend for the Rimini Wellness Expo, two of them are studying physical education. On the Friday night we had a (relatively) early night and went out for a few drinks. The next day we went to the Expo, my cousin knew someone that worked there so we got in for free
The next day I got up and prepared for the second lesson with my English Language student who I have been tutoring privately. He is the sixteen year old son of the woman who owns the bar where my cousin's girlfriend works. He is a very good student but can be a bit cheeky sometimes but we have fun. It's hard because I've never really had to think much about the structures of the English language begore and so I prepare the lesson beforehand so that I can stay one step ahead of him. It's not that difficult, the trickiest part is making the lessons interesting and so I find English language games on websites on the internet to use at the end of the lesson after doing some grammar. The end of the lesson is when concentration starts to wane. I'm the same in my Italian language lessons.
My Italian is improving alot and I am learning many new words. It's funny how you learn new words
On Thursday I went on a tour with the Italian school after class. We went to a nearby town called Santarcangelo to see the grotto beneath the town. Santarcangelo is a medieval Italian town and they built caves (grottoes) under the town (which is on a hill as usual). The tour was in Italian and I think I got the gist of what the grotto was for. Basically it was the town cellar for storing things like wine, grains, cheese etc because the temperature stays relatively stable. Afterwards we walked through the streets and were shown where they had holes in the ground with the names of what was stored beneath in the grotto. So you'd go to one hole for wine, and one for grain etc and I guess they used a pulley system or something like that to retrieve the food and wine from below. Pretty cool eh! After the tour we visited a button museum. This button museum has a collection of 8,500 buttons dating from the middle ages to today - made from all kinds of materials like coconut, resin, wood, plastic, porcelain, metal etc. The guide was this eccentric little Italian man that was so excited to show us the collection of buttons. Quite extraordinary! You could really see the effects that changes in fashion and the economy have on something as little considered (by me anyway) as buttons
My cousin is very cheeky sometimes and likes to needle everyone but it's all in fun and so I always make sure I have some witty comeback, which isn't easy in Italian so sometimes I resort to English. Life here is fun. Well except for the queue at the police station to get my residence permit. The Wednesday before last I returned to the police station and liked up for 4 hours and when I got to see someone they told me I was missing a speacial document that I had to buy from the post office and I would have to return again the week after. So last Wednesday with my nasty cold and all I lined up outside the police station again, this time with the required form and I was there for 6 and a half hours before I got the the front of the queue!! In the meantime heated arguments broke out because a whole lot of people were pushing in at the front of the queue and those of us who had queued up properly weren't moving anywhere. Finally after an especially heated argument a policeman came out and got rid of the rest of the people who were trying to push in and the queue started to move again. Six and a half hours though!! This time however I had all the required forms and after they filled in my details in the computer and scanned my fingerprints, and all of my hands twice I was told that it was finished
So that brings me to today, all sunny and nice after I've got my residence permit, and my colds finally on the wane. Today my cousin and I went to a small town called Gradara that was built in the middle ages. A real life medieval castle! I was pretty excited, I think my cousin thought it was a bit strange but I explained to him that in Australia we only learn about how people lived in the middle ages in books we never got to go on excursions to real castles. The streets are still made of the same cobblestones, the bricks are the same wow what history! Anyway as we were walking up the hill (another town on a hill) towards the castle a wedding car drove past with a bride on her way to get married in a church near the castle. All the people in the town clapped as the drove past and a group of school kids were whistling and catcalling it was quite funny. When we got to the castle we walked over the drawbridge into the central courtyard and into the corridor. The first room was the dungeon - the torture chamber
So it's Saturday night and we are going out for a few drinks - will be in touch soon ...