Virtual photo album from my trip to Italy, continued
Between week 3 and week 4, Ben and I spent a weekend in Milano, where we
stayed with Rob (really nice British guy who worked for a tech company in
Milano, but he's also an artist). I discovered that Milano does in fact
have some redeeming qualities. We were especially lucky to go to the top
of the Duomo on a day with beautiful weather.
Here's a pretty roof garden, also in Milano. We walked a lot.
Before returning to Urbania, we had brunch. Of course, it wasn't called
"brunch"--but anyway, here are Ben and Rob, deeply ensconced in conversation
until I unfortunately distracted them with my camera.
During the fourth week at the language school,
Ben and I convinced our whole class and the teacher
to go out to the bar (Bruno's) one evening. This is Ken, of Ken and Joy,
on the left, and Takuya on the right. Ken and Joy are an Australian couple
with lots of... well, vivacity and character. Having them in class was a
real pleasure, because Ken kept us all entertained and Joy kept Ken happy.
Takuya is a Japanese high school student who is working on his R pronunciation.
Here is Joy, on the right, and David Bianco, an American currently living
in southern California and organizing Elder Hostel programs.
And here we all are, the whole class. Starting on the left, and moving
clockwise around the table, we have David the first (a British guy who worked
for the same company Rob did, and who absolutely refused to speak Italian
if he could possibly help it. He was also really nice about driving
us places), Corinna (a truly gifted teacher and native of Urbania), me, Ben,
David Bianco, Joy (whose face is mostly obscured), Ken, and Takuya. This
is the beginning class, the 4th week. David Bianco
joined us at the beginning of week 3, by which point we had lost Megan,
and there were others who came in for one week or less at various points.
This is inside one of the classrooms, with Corinna hard at work
correcting my Italian diary.
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