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Oct 15, 2017 - Preparing to leave town

Entry by Lois On October 26, John & I will be taking off to spend three weeks in southern Italy. We'll fly from Traverse City to Detroit, and then on to Rome. Our friends Jocelyn and Milda will be joining us on this adventure. Last spring we decided to register for a Road Scholar hiking trip in Western Sicily, which begins when we meet the group on November 2. Here is a link to a description of that part of our journey:...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Week Five

Hey sorry for the late up-date. Last week was crazy. I had so much to do from working on papers to making room for an onsite visit that would last three hours plus working on my resume and Statement of Purpose for graduate school. Anyway Monday went so fast and we started our new class which focuses on qualitative data verses quantitative data. I prefer quantitative data because qualitative requires too much writing and interviewing. I'd rather deal with numbers over interviewing. Tuesday went like it always did except I had a midterm in...

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Oct 5, 2017 - A cooking class before we zoom out of Roma

Just a small note- we have just returned back to our hotel after cooking our own dinner. A private cooking class, just a small Metro ride away. Plenty of fun and many laughs. Appetisers of roman broccoli crema con sfoglie al pecorino, with a hint of chilli, topped with puff pastry and pecorino cheese fingers. Roman style pasta carbonara. Saltimbocca alla romana, served with mint and zucchini. Tiramisu - so good. Now trying to repack the case. A bit sad our adventure with this chocolate box of pure delight is ending in the morning. We will...

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Oct 5, 2017 - Roma

Just done a small 12 kms or more walking around this noisy city looking at the sites. It feels quite safe. Gypsies not so evident. Did the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi fountain- tossed the coin in so we will be back, sat on Spanish steps to name a few of the touristy places. After a hour or so rest, we are off to cooking school. Tomorrow is the end of the Francigena walk. So we say farewell to our new found friends and head south for a pizza in Naples- as you do! Love Giana and Marco

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Oct 2, 2017 - Citavecchia , Italy - Cruise day

Woke up with a start with Dorothy telling me it was 9:30 and our driver from Rome to Citavecchia was coming at 10:30. No problem, skip the shower, get dressed and presentable, grab a quick breakfast, pack, checkout all in less than an hour. Got our driver who could barely speak English and spent the next 70 minutes in silence on the drive. Got on the cruise ship and the started looking around. No Bartender named Jonas on board today so skipped the drinks. Had lunch with a couple (Allen and Anne) from down under and a couple (Cindy and Bob)...

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Adriatic Cruise

Oct 2, 2017 - Rome day 2

Today we had a nice relaxing breakfast in our hotel. Made sure to eat enough to get us through a long day. First we walked to the Flavian Amphitheatre also know as the Colosseum to meet our tour guide for the Collosseum and Roman Forum. The Colosseum was pretty impressive and has been standing since AD 80. The Colosseum held 60,000 spectators for people to watch Gladiators battle in the arena. By the way, arena means sand, so the next time your hockey team seems to be standing still perhaps they don't know how to play in sand. The Colosseum...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Week Four

Hey guys so its getting closer to midterms and Fall Break. This week went very fast. Monday always goes fast due to I only have one class, Tuesday went faster than normal due to we watched a movie in the last class and Wednesday went slower than normal but still pretty fast. I received my midterm assignment for my capstone class and it was due Saturday. I had a presentation on Tuesday for my heritage class and that went well still waiting on the grade tho. Thursday was AWESOME. We went to a more modern area of Rome that was created by...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Rome, Italy

Long day of travel yesterday. Flight to Rome from Amsterdam delayed 2 hours. Arrived at our hotel at 5:00 pm (9:00 AM Alberta time so about 12 hours after we left Edmonton. Immediately went to see the Trevi Fountain which was about a 15 minute walk from our hotel. Wow was it crowded. Kind of hard to judge the beauty of the fountain when you couldn't get close. This morning we took an early 7:30 AM entrance tour to the Vatican to beat the crowds. So did every one else in Rome it seemed like. Rushed through the Vatican museum to get to the...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Going home.........

Trains, planes, buses, taxis, ferry and cars .......... It was a LONG journey home - especially for Lee. Every aspect of our respective journies home (we weren't travelling together because we didn't book our return flights together) went as slick as can be - it was just a VERY long journey. We left our Naples apartment at Noon with a taxi taking us to the Station, where we took a Frecciarossa high speed train to Rome (Termini Station). From there - and only 13 minutes later - we were on a Regionale non-stop train to Fiumicino (Rome)...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 21, 2017 - Week Three

Hi so week three is over and we are getting closer and closer to mid terms. this week has gone very interestingly. I have had several long conversations with my professor about things that do not pertain to school or archeology. I did however learn today that I HATE my anthropology class. Once again everyone in that class is so judgmental and quick to voice their opinion before thinking that it might offend the speaker. Did they not learn that if you don't have something nice to say, Keep Your Mouth Shut! Drives me Crazy. I will get through...

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Sep 17, 2017 - Week Two

Alright so last week was interesting. This past week I obviously had class but I also had stuff I had to get done. Me and haley had to get our permits turned in so we could stay in Italy legally. I also had some friends I had to catch up with this week, just to make sure they were doing well. I hadn't talked to them at all over the summer so I wanted to make sure. I had to get together with our landlord so we could get some thing worked out, like the broken toilet flusher and other small things. We also needed to give him proof of education...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Rome

Rome…also known as “The Eternal City”…or, as I refer to it, “The Eternally Crowded City”… Sharon has again arranged the tour and as we make our way off the ship there is the sign with her name on it waiting to take us on the 1 ½ drive into Rome. We arrive in Rome and somehow our driver manoeuvres his way through the busy streets of Rome, dodging scooters, pedestrians and stop lights…There’s a saying, “All roads lead to Rome” – and it certainly appears that way, as we are not only flabbergasted at the beautiful scenery around us, we’re also...

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