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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 26 of 31: Saturday 26th September

What to do with the few hours before Margaret’s early afternoon departure by train? Well, on checking out, she arranged to leave her bags at the hotel until later and we walked back towards Piazza IV Novembre and visited the duomo, then watched briefly a delightful children’s concert in a room within the cloisters.

We took a final walk along the Corso Vannucci for Margaret – and she preferred the absence of the usual evening passeggiata crowds.

We felt she should have a decent feed before the journey so we went back to Il Lupo Mannaro though it was unfortunately not open for lunch on Saturdays. But Brizi was open and we ate well there. [Margaret – strangozzi al pugno; Pamela – scamorza e prosciutto; Peter – salsicce e patate frite]

Back again at the hotel we picked up the bags and caught a bus from Piazza Italia to the station in plenty of time for the train which was a few minutes late. We watched until the train was out of sight, then took the bus back up to Piazza Italia.

First we bumped into Suzanna and moments later we saw Debbie and Roland, enjoying the sun in the café on the corner of the piazza. We joined them for a drink, broke the traditional beer glass, then decided to check out the antiques market within the portici of the building facing the square and on all sides of the Giardini Carducci. Suzanna bumped into her Italian friend so we continued on without her.

Like most such markets, it was mainly trash, but we did see a Buon Ricordo plate for L.35.000 – scherzo!! – and a beautiful solid bronze paper press which Pamela would have loved – L.650.000 but anyway far too heavy to even consider.

We’d been invited to Jason’s for casual drinks, but when Roland suggested we go back to their place, we decided that was more our scene. We passed the rest of the afternoon there, with Maureen and June calling in on their return from Siena to share details of their day. Later we four went out for a Chinese meal at the Shanghai where we had a nice meal and a bit of a chat with a little boy who was dining with his dad after having played in a concert at Teatro Morlacchi. He seemed quite impressed and surprised that we were able to say a few things to him in Italian. He also tried his small repertoire of English on us and was equally surprised that we understood him.

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