Everything Italian

Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Thursday, June 19, 2008

Forza Italia!! One trip to Europe 100,000 frequent flyer miles, 4 weeks of Italian classes in Milan $1,000, an evening "home" with new friends celebrating Italy's victory over France in Euro 2008... Priceless : )

What a day!! Today I attended my first Italian lesson. My classmates are fabulous. There is a girl my age from LA, two Australians (one who is in her 60's), a couple from Leeds (England) on Sabatical (who moved over for a year with their entire family, awesome!!). And my teacher, Christina, just the nicest, ever.
The lesson was awesome, I jumped in on the last class of a four week beginner course. Next week I will start the second level de nuovo. Wish me luck!!

After the lesson, I made some important phone calls (my bro's BDAY!!), and did some computer stuff. A friend studying for his TOEFL invited me over to watch the game with his friends. After and interesting walk, and talk, about life, health, wealth, sustainable forestry and trading in Madagascar (an interest of his), we headed to the store. We picked up some pasta, pesto, and biere... Of course. What a cool group!! Locals, a couple Americans (a girl from Wisconsin whose boyfriend is Italian), and some South Americans. Fortunately no Frenchmen, as they are the opponents for the evening. After some chants, waves, and celebration, I headed back to Monza a little inebriated. Its funny how some of the best site seeing occurs after a few drinks and in the wee hours of the morning. "Lost" (sort of on purpose), I ran into all sorts of interesting structures (piazzas, arches, ruins, ancient buildings, churches, aqueducts, ect...). The streets were full of celebration (Italians with their faces painted and cloaked with flags, honking their vespa's horns, as they headed home). People were still celebrating in the clubs, bars, and cafes.

After navigating Milan's tram system, I ended up in Milano F.S. for my train back to Monza. I ended up taking a bike trail back some 5 odd km back to the house. It was the coolest walk, through the neatest little town, ever. The path is shared by a river, which of course has a few waterfalls along the way. Its banks were flanked by beautiful trees which shadowed the early morning night as it fell upon the path.

What a day, game, night, walk, and life....

Ce Vidiamo,
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