Aug 23rd was to be my first day of work! I was so excited. I was up and ready to go 15 minutes before Anotonio had told me we were leaving the house. We stopped off for a quick coffee then headed to the Cantina. Once we arrived I still didn't know exactly what they were going to have me do, however, I did know that I would be in the winery and not in the fields picking the grapes. Antonio told me I should wait in the office for Giorgia to come then all three of us could decide what I would do. So I came to the office and sat and watched as farmer after farmed took Antonio out of the office. There was no time for talking as the first day of harvest would be the next day. So I decided to my myself useful and go to find something to do. I ended up in the warehouse helping pack boxes of wine. Then the crew from the Cantina came to ask if I wanted to go to lunch with them. I decided I would and found out that every day they eat lunch together at an uncle's house right across the street. I hadn't brought a lunch becuase I had no idea what the day entailed so Agusto was nice enough to buy me some tuna. He made me penne con tono and a salad, all the while the whole place was making fun of me because I don't eat meat. It's pretty much unheard of in Italy. After lunch I went back to the ware house and put some of those pretty little DOCC stickers on the necks of about 200 bottles of wine. At the end of the day my new friend Daniella from the office took me home to change and told me she'd be back to get me in an hour so we could go to a wine bar and then to get pizza with people from the Cantina crew. The enoteca was really fun because they had only wines grown in this region all open for by the glass purchase. We had enough time for one glass then we went to Agusto's to meet up for pizza. We ended up ordering in, and once again the pizza was so delicious. It was fun to hang out with the crew and get to know everyone. I'm thankful that DAniella is here and seems to like me. She's my age and her boyfriend has just left to study in California so she needs someone to hang out with. I'm glad I can be here for her! :)
And the end of my first day I was a little disappointed. I wasn't doing what I thought I was going to be doing. I didn't want to end up packing cases all the time, I could've done that at home.