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Report 472: Back to Uni to Learn Italian - A Month in Perugia

By Pamela R from Sydney, Australia, Fall 1998

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Page 25 of 31: Friday 25th September

Hotel Priori couldn’t connect us to Margaret when we phoned so we left a message to meet us at 11 at the Internet centre, hoping she’d returned from Rome safely the night before. Fortunately she was waiting when we arrived there, having apparently been at breakfast when we’d phoned.

As Pamela was having lunch with Giuseppe (Due) and the lab class at Dino’s, Margaret and Peter visited the National Gallery after which we met up again for una passeggiata and to show Margaret the late afternoon view over the valley from the Giardini Carducci.

We were meeting the English girls (Annie and Helen) on their turf for dinner tonight at La Lumera, just by Porta Pesa, where, by special arrangement, the restaurant had offered to cook gnocchi for us (usually it’s done only on Thursdays).

As we had some time to fill, we visited the Perugia Classico expo in the Rocca Paolina exhibition space and were lucky enough to be able to attend a short concert by a lively percussion group. The four young men were pretty cool and obviously very talented and the sound was just fantastic – the acoustics in that underground cellar-like space were incredible. We looked at the vast range of musical instruments, ancient and modern, on show and chatted to a lovely man who had fashioned a didgeridoo out of bamboo and was happy to demonstrate his skill on it, particularly his nearly perfected circular breathing technique.

Margaret wanted to buy some prosciutto to take home with her so we went to the nearby salumeria that Annie and Helen had recommended to us and then had a couple of drinks in a bar opposite La Lumera till the others arrived – Annie and Helen, Maureen, June and Suzanna. The gnocchi were great, as were the preceding antipasti.

When we came out there was a beautiful moon rising and we tried to take a photo of it against the floodlit belltower of the nearby church of Santa Maria Nuova (but unfortunately it wasn’t a success).

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