Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Italian Cinema, Deruda Photos, and Critique Week

This past weekend was full of great events. On Friday night we had a great dinner and sang songs to the cooks Rossa and Paula. Later the Orange Caffe had a grand re-opening party complete with DJs. There was a huge crowd of locals there and our favorite owners were both there. The group of us went up and had a great time shamelessly dancing and conversing as best we could with new local friends as well as old. It was great practice for our Italian test. 
On Saturday we slept in again and a few of us went into Ellera to get some shopping done. We found some gifts had some caffe lattes at the kiss kiss bar and walked around. We met Michele at the Kiss Kiss as we were waiting for the bus to come and he offered us a ride back to the villa so we headed out. It was a great drive, in which we learned that Michele had seen Joan Baez when she was first doing her music in New York. 
That night we had dinner and great conversation, then we went back to our room thinking that the evening was going to just be a movie night. But to our surprise our good Italian friend Roberto said he did want to go see Breaking Dawn with us in the Cinema. So we got picked up and went to the cinema. We met more new Italian friends and practiced our Italian again. It was quite exciting. We eventually found a theatre that had seats left for Breaking Dawn. It was awesome! It was dubbed over in Italian which made it super special. Then halfway through the movie there was an intermission. Most of the theatre emptied to go out and have a smoke. It was hilarious. Oh also for the movie we had purchased chocolate popcorn, because they have that here in Italy! :) 
Following the movie we sang happy birthday to Melissa in Italian, then we headed back home to the villa. 
Sunday was a day of rest and meditation. I spent a while reading, writing, and thinking out in the woods. Then I took a run around the villa and got some stuff done on my paper. It was refreshing and so very nice. That evening for dinner we had penne con pomodoro sauce and then they brought out torte and prosecco for Melissa's birthday! It was a great celebration! 
On Monday we had the start of our printmaking critique which was really great. There were some good criticisms and praises. Everyone put in quite a bit of time on all of their pieces. 
In the afternoon we went up to Corciano to visit Antonella's printmaking studio. She does engravings which are really great. She also had 15 cats so we were able to spend some time holding animals, which is something I always miss when away from home. 
Tuesday was spent critiquing and taking our Italian test. The rest of the week is going to go pretty fast. We have our gala to close up the semester and then Thanksgiving dinner. On Saturday we all take off and head to Roma to either head out or continue our travels. It's weird to think it's almost over. 
Oh we have also had some great food this week. We had what we like to call breakfast pasta dish... this includes crazy pasta with very small scrambled eggs and bacon type meat. We had some great cheese breads and traditional Umbrian sandwhiches. Yesterday we had tortellini soup, they were the best tortellini I have ever had! Today we had  mushroom pasta dish which was very very delectable. In addition our Italian teacher brought us torte to celebrate the end of class. The torte was white cake with chocolate chips and a glaze frosting with more chocolate on top. I believe there was something to the degree of bananas in the batter because it was  a great moist cake, but we'll never know. 

Deruda- Grazia Majolica workshop. It was fredda and we were huddling. 

Our tour guide. 

The products drying

Great vines and doors that tell a story. 

Yes the Beatles were in Deruda at this same workshop in September of 1964... and yes we found their names in the guest book! Awesome!

We rode the man bus that day. 

Our great new friend Marina made us pancakes this weekend to keep us from getting too homesick! 

Sharing the love. 

The cook. 

Caffe Latte from Corciano always a good idea on a Monday afternoon.

The view of Migiana from the hill up to Corciano. 

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