Saturday, August 21, 2010

I'm here, I'm safe!!

Lots to tell everyone, but as of right now I only have a few minutes to tell you I'm here and I'm okay. All my flights and trains were on time, and I even had about three hours to tour a bit of Rome. Very first thing I ate when I got here, gelato! Yummy. I've had lots of pasta since then as well. I won't start working on at the winery until Monday, but I've been working pretty hard none the less. So far I've helped put up a chicken coop and stack lots of wood, and I'm going back to stack more wood today. The girl I'm staying with, Sarah, has a farm so there are lots of animals. Sunday night I will move into the apartment at Antonio's house. I will be there on my own, which will be nice so I can finally unpack! Just a few points of interest:

- The public toilets here are a glorified version of a whole in in the floor.
- I've eaten pasta every day since my arrival, and the pizza is as good as everyone thinks it should be.
- Trying to obtain an Italian SIM card is a bit difficult when you're translating from American English to UK English to Italian.
- They sell wine in a juicebox form. Forget Juicey Juice!
- So far I've gotten stared at/hollared at less than in the US AND a lot less than in Costa Rica, really the only people who stare are little kids.
- And yes, for anyone who knows just how much i love Special K cereal, they have that here as well. :)
- Grape vines really do grow around here like the beans and corn grown in MO.

Okay, that's all I can do for now. When I get more face time with the computer I'll backtrack and tell you all the details of my first days here. Don't worry, I'm doing an excelent job of keeping up with my journal. For now, it's back up the hill/almost mountian to Sarah's house to stack the wood. Oh, and we've had lots of tea breaks since she is English, AND the coffe here is served one ounce at a time....where's a starbucks when you need it? And I have pictures that I will post when I can as well! Ciao!


  1. Can't wait to hear more about your first few days there!! It all sounds very exciting and I want to see pictures of the juiceybox wine boxes. lol. Love ya!! Sarah

  2. Glad you made it!

    I will be eager to read every word of what you are doing! This is soooo coool!

    Enjoy your time there. I'll be thinking of you.

    Hey maybe even put your blog spot in the HRA 409 Bar/Bev syllabus. Would that be ok?

    Dr. C

  3. Yay! I'm so glad you made it safe and sound. I'm jealous of the gelato--I've heard it's fabulous! Can't wait to hear more and see pics :)