Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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Thursday, July 27, 2006

So the routine is the same as the other programs: breakfast, one to ones, lunch, siesta, group activity, more one to ones, evening performances, and then dinner. Because the air con isn't working in the hotel, O2O's can take place in the pool! So the dress code has dropped a few notches, everywhere you go in the day there are bikini-clad people wandering around. Mornings start with breakfast of course, and Stefano running around asking "cappucino" a million times! This guy is amazing, he is so friendly, always has a smile on his face, and has the patience of a saint to put up with all of us for a week!

So I was wondering how long it would take before people started getting tossed in the should never ponder these things. Guess who got thrown in fully clothed?? Ahem, me. But the perpetrator got his own surprise later ;)

Monday night was the Quiemada, Marta and I spent our O2O translating the reading in to Italian, so there were 4 versions this time. I was reading the English, so I was standing right beside Pablo as he was stirring the brew and I don't know how those guys do it! My arm felt like it was melting and I wasn't even that close. Anyways, it tasted worse than ever and I couldn't bear to swallow any of it! Still a great ceremony though.

Tuesday night was the fiesta, and all started out fine with people dancing, having some drinks, and generally enjoying themselves. It all went horribly wrong though when in the fray of dancing Joanne was bumped and fell on the floor, landing on her wrist. Pietro (who happens to be a doctor) looked at it and said right away that it was broken, so off they went to the hospital. Unfortunately, he was right, but the worst part was they weren't able to reset it. So, Joanne had to stay in the hospital for the rest of the week waiting until they could do surgery. Luckily her husband Bob was also on the program so she had a loved one nearby. What an amazing woman though, she was so strong and didn't want to upset anyone or ruin their evening and kept saying she was fine. Even at the end of the week when she finally got out of the hospital she had such a good attitude about the whole thing and was so upbeat, very inspiring.
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