Monthly Archives: July 2017

Il Penultimo Giorno

I have to say that I have found a whole new community of friends here at Il Sasso. Today we had Alberto in the morning, and Costanza told us in the afternoon that he thought we had done very well … Continue reading

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Il Fine di Mese

“It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, who may … Continue reading

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La Dolce Far Niente

My avventura is winding down. Three more days of class, and then I take the bus, then train a Roma and then the Leonardo Express to the airport B&B.  After the whirlwind of Florence, even this extreme estroversa needed some … Continue reading

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Firenze Giorno Tre

È troppo caldo oggi, but we’re making the best of it. We stopped for a couple of hours in a hotel lounge of Lungarno Albergo to relax in the air conditioning and look at art books. This morning facciamo spese. … Continue reading

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Firenze Giorno Due (updated un po’)

In between the Uffizi and Davide, we went to a video art show by Bill Viola, a video artist and colleague of Marina’s, in Palazzo Strozzi. It was so interesting, and the movement in each presentation was mainly in slow … Continue reading

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Andiamo a Firenze

Zoe (16), Marina, (45) from Russia who lives in London, and I took the bus and the train to Florence yesterday afternoon. Zoe has never been. Our apartment is one block from San Lorenzo and one block from Mercato Centrale … Continue reading

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Chiachierrarebbero

This is my favorite word in Italian. It’s a little like my favorite word in German: Lebenschmittelgeschaft, which means grocery store. This one, chiachierrarebbero means: they would chit chat. Chiachierrare is a great verb because it sounds like what it … Continue reading

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Vela la Pena

Another good Italian expression to go with:  lascia perdere: let go La dolce far niente: the sweetness of doing nothing Che cosa hai fatto di bello ieri?: What beautiful thing did you do yesterday? Vela la pena: worth the pain … Continue reading

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La mia classe privata

Well, mi manca la mia classe della settimana scorsa. Now I’m the only one because no one this week is on my level. I feel like a creature from another planet: not a beginner, but not yet ready for the … Continue reading

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Il Coro dei Concordi

​   ​I tricked WordPress into letting me load this video without putting it on YouTube first. So much has happened since Sandra and Kurt left Saturday at noon. I moved into their apartment. It is smaller but has the … Continue reading

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