Thursday, March 5, 2009

Travel Time

So, the weather's been pretty cruddy here for the past few days. That means they canceled our trip to Assisi for Friday. THAT means that we're free for most of the weekend, so a bunch of us are going to Arezzo instead. It came highly recommended by Dr. Skillen, an old pro at this area of Italy. That'll be Saturday and then we have another Rome trip scheduled through the program for Sunday. Followed by a third Rome trip on Wednesday during which we'll be having a Papal audience! This all seems so...unreal, but it's happening and we're trying to soak it alllll in.

Today Penn, Allyson, Riel, Erin and I watched the Doll boys and girl for a while so that Sharona could bake Silas's 5th Birthday cake (the party is tomorrow - a jungle theme). We started an indoor baseball/soccer game in the monastery so that the boys could get out some energy. All we had to do was make sure the we didn't hit the 13th century fresco of the Last Supper that covers the entire back wall of the room we chose. We..mostly...succeeded and the boys had a blast.

I just have to tell you all about the dinner we had last night. I don't know if we were just starving or what, but it was one of the best yet. We tend to get a bit of a smorgasbord for dinner and last night's was the following:

Fresh, sliced tomatoes, lightly salted and drizzled with olive oil.
Fresh, sliced buffalo mozzarella (which is way better than it is in America).
Warm flatbread with thin slices of prosciutto on top.
A mushroom and sausage pie of sorts, with a flaky crust.
And, as always, freshly baked and sliced bread to soak up all the extra goodness.

Dessert was a Nutella roll. Think jelly roll but with Nutella. Mmmmmmmmmmm

To answer a few outstanding questions:

Yes, cars drive around the tiny streets of Orvieto. Our RA has been hit 10 times. They don't drive very fast and they are all very practical, tiny cars, but it is definitely a hazzard!

Yes, technically Penn and I have separate beds, but they had pushed them together for us when we arrived. Bethy, I avoid the crack at all costs mostly because it's not two mattresses coming together, it's two thick, wooden IKEA bedframes coming together. Not so comfy.

Finally, Penn and I have loads of plans to go traveling across Europe. The only definite things are: 1.) a few places in Italy that we can't not get to while we live here and 2.) Spain to see Jules and Kyle! Some dream places are a few Greek islands, Paris and Prague. We'll see if I can make it happen! Suggestions are highly welcome as well. Ciao for now.


  1. I LOVE it when I click on the Boot link, and there's a new post! Now I'm hungry.

  2. If you get to Milan, go a little further north to Stresa. You can take a ferry from there to Isola Bella. It was one of mine and Andy's favorites on our trip there. There's a beautiful palazzo and tons of little local craft shops. I would tell you the food is good too, but you're in Italy. The food is good anywhere you go!

  3. I have GOT to stop reading these posts at work. I can feel the juices flowing to digest food that isn't there.

    On a side note : if you have both mattresses and box springs, what if you turn the two bedframes sideways (with the box springs), then put the two mattresses across them perpendicular?

    Wait. What am I thinking? You're in a monastery. You probably just have sacks of ticking stuffed with straw.