The bar downstairs wasn’t open yet when we left for class, so Julie and I stopped at a café very close to the school for a coffee. I got a cappuccino and a torta frutta. It was SO very good. It had a thin cake-like crust with lemon custardy biznass on the top and then a layer of fruit syrupy stuff with strawberries, blueberries, red berries, and blackberries on the top. MMM!!! It offset the bitterness of the cappuccino (since I didn’t put sugar in it). I can’t do that every morning though because breakfast cost 3.90 E.
Kathryn and I went to our first class meeting in complete Italian this morning. Our professor, Dr. Rosselli, was not intimidating at all and very nice. We all introduced ourselves. I realize that I am probably the most behind in Italian in that class. We talked about a bunch of different subject from the history of Italian unification to movies and the media and 9/11 so I was confused some of the time. It takes a lot of concentration to focus and understand in that class. Hopefully though I’ll improve a lot since she’s making us read aloud and she corrects our grammar when we speak and we’re reading an Italian textbook. It’s not overwhelming, I just hope it doesn’t become overwhelming in the next few lessons.
Then we had our history class in English. I really enjoyed Dr. Pallucchini this morning. He was sort of dry when talking about Italian unification (especially since I’d already heard that stuff in my previous class). But when he started talking about Venice and what makes it special and beautiful I got really interested and excited about our upcoming trip. I think he’s the type of professor that will talk about the culture of contemporary Italy and give good insight into aspects of Italian culture.
I mailed off some postcards today. We walked around town for a short while and then came back here for lunch. We had this spinach filled ravioli today that was excellent. I had a few bites of my zucchini bruschetta, but I didn’t eat much of it.
I met Rosella’s aunt Grazia this morning. She is helping Rosella make pasta con pomodori for us tonight. I’m excited. Her aunt speaks English pretty well and liked to talk about phrases in Italian and English so I’m looking forward to asking her a few things about the Italian language.
So now I’m just gonna relax a while and read some Italian history and maybe go back to town for a coffee. Apparently the waiter that gave me free wine is working this afternoon !
Ciao for now!
Ahhh….just getting back from our nightly trip to the piazza. Julie and I both ordered "Italian coffee" which is coffee with amaretto. Very nice!!! No scary Italians approached us tonight, but this boy from Rutgers named Vinny tried to speak to us in Italian. He was terrible. I felt snotty for correcting him, but he needed to know that he wasn’t making and goddamned sense. I took my picture with a PT Cruiser on Corso Garibaldi tonight.
We went out to the piazza because after Rosella had made us dinner she said that the other Italian girls were studying and needed some quiet. So we went downtown to check our email. One of the girls who didn’t have an exam ate dinner with us though. Her name is Jennifer and speaks English very well because her mother is British and she has studied in "Gran Bretagna." We started talking about gays in the military and other crazy backwards things that are unique to South Carolina with her. It was really funny!
I did my homework before helping Rosella with dinner. The reading really wasn’t too bad. Plus, when I got up from my nap, Rosella and I had a coffee and talked about the medieval period in Italy. It was so interesting to hear it from an Italian who had proper Italian history classes and had a personal connection with the information. She also told me about the Norman and Greek history of the two places she had lived in Calabria.