I had a great night's sleep, conjugating verbs in my dreams, and pooped out at 10 last night, so by 5 a.m. I was up to study and blog. It is still a little weird to be here by myself, but I am now very happy with the neighborhood and the apartment. I am making "friends" and practicing my Italian. I went for a cappucino to my "hang out cafe" around the corner. Claudio, the barista was kind enough to give me an ashtray for my terrace.
Two of these and I can make sentences (in both languages).
Mara, the fruit and vegetable lady, greets me for a chat in the morning.
I will try to answer questions that you asked. By the way, thanks for all the comments!
I don't feel like I am here by myself. Daily phone calls to Brad are costing me a ton, so we have an ongoing PM, and speak by phone daily for 10 minutes. Ego keeps looking for me.
My lessons are daily M-F with Andrea from 9 or 9:30 for three + hours. Most days he comes to my apartment. UNLESS we are taking an excursion, which we will do twice a week. Then I take the bus to his house and we take his car from outside the city on our outing. Tomorrow we are going to Dozza, and we have trips planned to Modena for balsamico tasting and to a parmigiano producer. That schedule will change some when Jerry and Sandi and Ida arrive. I have homework every night (2-3 hrs). I have coffee in the apartment, then 2 large lattes in the cafe for breakfast. I have a big meal for pranzo, and either fruit, or a small snack or some gelato for dinner. This couch potato is walking her feet off! I need to find a time to nap. I am usually home by dark, then LOTS of homework, blog, and fall into bed.
It is still Tuesday, and I need a weekend, but I am AMAZED at how much I have learned so far!!! Andrea says we are going fast because I have so much "potential" having grown up hearing my mom and aunts speak. He says we are tapping into the unconscious part of my brain that knows how to speak Italian. Where is that part when I am memorizing irregular verbs?
Mindy, I will take photos of the door and handles. But I'm not even touching that sucker until I leave! LOL
For the foodies (guess that would be all of you...), today I had pranzo at Osteria dei Poeti. I was starving by 2:00. I ordered "Maccheronini al torchio con ragu di agnello e gratttata di formaggio di fossa" (lamb sauce with cheese), and a Cotoletta alla Milanese.
I ate it ALL, except the potatoes. Then I walked and walked. I went to the market area, the due torre, a kitchen shop, up and down side streets, and stopped to have a cappucino "with Brad" during our phone time. Love the cup!
I entertained myself for quite a while at Eataly, but was a little disappointed. Though I haven't been to the one in Torino, this was less than my expectations. I did enjoy the other wonderful food shops, though! I LOTS of fun in a kitchen/hardware shop. My first purchases all have to do with making pasta or dolci.
I walked home at around 7:30, and did more than 2 1/2 hours of homework. I'm almost done. Buona notte, amici.