Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Adventure Begins

I am going to Italy! But the adventure begins, of course, with revamping my blog. I gladly took the opportunity to play around with templates and HTML code tonight (this morning, really). I am ashamed to say I spent six hours on it. SIX HOURS. SEI ORE.

That last bit was Italian, which I cannot speak very well. I bought a phrasebook and can count to twenty and ask for a cappuccino and exchange pleasantries. I'm glad I'll be staying amongst English-speakers who can help me along the way. Anna, the lady I'm working for, is actually an Austrian who moved to Italy a couple years ago. Antonello, the guy who runs the neighboring farm, has a degree in English and Spanish literature (according to this Seattle Times article). So although I'll be in a rather un-touristy section of the country, I think I'll be fine in terms of language. I would like to learn some more, though.

The toughest part of the trip, as I anticipate it, will be getting from Fiumicino Airport in Rome to where I'll be staying near Sora. I'll need to take the express train to the Termini station in the middle of the city, then take the metro to its last stop, then take the bus to Frederico's Pizza in Sora, then finally get a ride to the bed and breakfast. If I can make it there, the rest of the trip should be a breeze.

Where was I going with all this? Oh yes, I was revamping the blog. Those of you who use the wonderful Google Reader (or the like) should click through to see my marvelous side bar. I made lots of additions to help explain what I'll be doing for the next month or so. I know that I've talked to one and another of you to varying degrees of specificity, so I though I'd write it all down to answer some frequently asked questions. If you can think of anything else I should address, let me know!

2 comments:

Emily J said...

So are you doing the teacher program you applied for? Or is this just for your own enjoyment? I'm kind of confused as to the "why" you're doing this.

June 30 to August 3, 2010 said...

That is a great question - to be addressed in the next post!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Adventure Begins

I am going to Italy! But the adventure begins, of course, with revamping my blog. I gladly took the opportunity to play around with templates and HTML code tonight (this morning, really). I am ashamed to say I spent six hours on it. SIX HOURS. SEI ORE.

That last bit was Italian, which I cannot speak very well. I bought a phrasebook and can count to twenty and ask for a cappuccino and exchange pleasantries. I'm glad I'll be staying amongst English-speakers who can help me along the way. Anna, the lady I'm working for, is actually an Austrian who moved to Italy a couple years ago. Antonello, the guy who runs the neighboring farm, has a degree in English and Spanish literature (according to this Seattle Times article). So although I'll be in a rather un-touristy section of the country, I think I'll be fine in terms of language. I would like to learn some more, though.

The toughest part of the trip, as I anticipate it, will be getting from Fiumicino Airport in Rome to where I'll be staying near Sora. I'll need to take the express train to the Termini station in the middle of the city, then take the metro to its last stop, then take the bus to Frederico's Pizza in Sora, then finally get a ride to the bed and breakfast. If I can make it there, the rest of the trip should be a breeze.

Where was I going with all this? Oh yes, I was revamping the blog. Those of you who use the wonderful Google Reader (or the like) should click through to see my marvelous side bar. I made lots of additions to help explain what I'll be doing for the next month or so. I know that I've talked to one and another of you to varying degrees of specificity, so I though I'd write it all down to answer some frequently asked questions. If you can think of anything else I should address, let me know!

2 comments:

Emily J said...

So are you doing the teacher program you applied for? Or is this just for your own enjoyment? I'm kind of confused as to the "why" you're doing this.

June 30 to August 3, 2010 said...

That is a great question - to be addressed in the next post!