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Verona and the Lago di Garda

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The last two days of school holidays and the wonderful Laura and Riccardo (who took me up the mountains to Selvino before Christmas) had another wonderful trip planned... this time two days away with both Elena and I.
We set off the morning of Saturday, Jan 5, firstly to the romantic city of Verona, lucky to have a local tour guide - Sara, a Veronese friend of Elena’s. In no time at all I fell in love with Verona’s pretty stone backstreets and romantic dawdling river. There’s no mucking around today: here’re the photos since they tell the whole story anyway.

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We climbed up to a higher part of the city

with a park and lovely views over the river and the city.
Elena Contemplates the View

Elena Contemplates the View

The View Over Verona From the Top of the Hill

The View Over Verona From the Top of the Hill

And I found a friend....

(I'm missing you Tiger and Tommy!)My Highlight: Finding a Cat at Verona

My Highlight: Finding a Cat at Verona

Also at the top of the hill, there were love messages scrawled on walls, on the ground, on lampposts, anywhere possible really.
Romantic Verona is Scrawled with Romantic Graffiti: ‘You and I, forever. I love you Nicole.'

Romantic Verona is Scrawled with Romantic Graffiti: ‘You and I, forever. I love you Nicole.'

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Unfortunately, the worst part of Verona was Juliette’s courtyard.

Due to the tradition of writing letters to Juliette about one’s love life and sticking then to the walls with chewing gum, the entrance is just covered in it.
What People Have Done to Juliette’s Courtyard...

What People Have Done to Juliette’s Courtyard...


Also, it’s said that it’s good luck to touch Juliette’s right breast...
Poor Old Juliette - Her Breast Worn Down and Graffiti Surrounding Her

Poor Old Juliette - Her Breast Worn Down and Graffiti Surrounding Her

Nonetheless, Verona was wonderful, and we had a great lunch in a cafe` that served lots of great local specialties. I had a risotto with a type of salami that’s very specific to Verona.
‘Retro’: The Groovy Cafe` Where We Had Lunch

‘Retro’: The Groovy Cafe` Where We Had Lunch

The Placemats at ‘Retro'

The Placemats at ‘Retro'

Outside the Arena at Verona

Outside the Arena at Verona

In the evening, we left for Peschiera,

a little town on the Lago di Garda where Elena has a friend. So we again had a personal tour, this time of this wonderfully cute and tiny little lakeside town as the sun was setting...

large_P1060343.jpgThe Underwater Nativity in the Lake at Peschiera

The Underwater Nativity in the Lake at Peschiera

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After eating delicious pizzas

for dinner and staying the night in a bed and breakfast we began to drive around the entire lake. First stop was at Malcesine, where there is an old castle which you can visit, with some interesting museums inside.

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Well, I haven’t got much more to say now. No, that’s not true. I’ve got so much more to say but not enough time! I leave Italy on Thursday evening and arrive back home in Australia Saturday. For me, the time has absolutely flown, and I haven’t put nearly enough of it on the blog.

In the mean time, I send my love. xoxo

A Big HUG from Me to You

A Big HUG from Me to You

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A Very Merry Christmas... Even Without Snow

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Despite all the snow we had earlier in December, it was raining on my white Christmas, and most of the snow had already melted. However, I still had a wonderful Christmas and an enjoyable, if busy break from school. I know it seems that I’ve abandoned my blog, but I haven’t! Keep reading as I catch you up on the last few weeks.

I’ll be home in just over 2 weeks now - the time has absolutely flown - and my feelings are very mixed about returning. I’m having a wonderful time, and I know that my Italian would improve at a rate of knots if I was to stay longer. I’m a bit apprehensive about starting year 11. However, I am of course a bit homesick at times, and can’t wait to be back with my family, my close friends and all the things that are familiar to me. But I’ve made friends here who I’ll be sorry to say goodbye to... and especially Elena I’ll miss when I return home.
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So, here goes... I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do.

The first day of the holidays and we were off on a scout camp. Elena is a scout leader, and so was attending the camp to run activities for the 8-12 year-old ‘lupetti’ - wolf cubs. I, on the other hand went along to cook for everyone, along with another girl who isn’t really a part of scouts. This camp was in a bit of a mountainous area, and as such there was plenty of snow on the ground, so I made do with that for my white Christmas (eve). There were quite a few people, who wanted to try out their English on me, and so I also found myself correcting some funny Italian pronounciations... The Italians particularly have trouble saying ’th’ and so after I corrected one young scout leader, he was constantly announcing “Queen Elisabetttttthhhhhh” to me.

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After three exhausting but very satisfying days of cooking for 40 people, dressing up as an oompa-loompa, singing, dancing, playing crazy games, trying to comfort homesick kids, playing in the snow, and staying up until 2am we returned home to Albano Sant’Alessandro on Christmas Eve.

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At home Hester (a former exchange student from Melbourne who stayed with Elena’s family 4 years ago) and her sister Ruby had already arrived the day before. We fairly quickly adopted each other as sisters - I’m Elena’s ‘sister’ through exchange, Elena’s Hester’s ‘sister’ also through exchange, and Ruby is Hester’s actual sister... so therefore we’re all sisters we decided. We all got along very well, enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Lunch, the star of which was a delicious mushroom lasagne made from scratch (the pasta too) by Giampiera and Fabrizio. I also made a Christmas pudding, which despite being a bit fall-apart tasted how Christmas pud should. A cheer went up from the Italians whenever someone discovered a coin lurking in their Christmas pudding!

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Giampiera Serves up the Lasagne!

Giampiera Serves up the Lasagne!

I had a very entertaining geocaching adventure with Elena, Hester and Ruby on Boxing day, and then we held a surprise party in the evening for Hester to catch up with all the friends she made in Italy while on exchange. However, rather than me wasting space writing about that here, go to Hester and Ruby’s blog.... especially the entry ‘Beaver in the Wall’ is worth reading...

More to come... next we set off to Tuscany for New Year, but this will have to follow soon...

Ci vediamo... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, even if it’s a bit late. ;-)

India xo

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