Sunday, April 15, 2007

Padova ...


The last chapter in my formal European education ...
Benvenuto a Padova !

Settling down to classes at Universita Padova - the third oldest in the world (1222) and the host to some of the most important discoveries/work of Copernicus, Galileo, Dante, Veselius, Donatello (unfortunately, not the ninja turtle) ... and hopefully, me


A few days of orientation, including a reception at city hall in the Prato Della Valle (largest square in Europe, second only to Red Square in Moscow) ...
English is a luxury, and I've been told that my Italian is like a Spanish girl's English ... although nobody seems to know what that means either ...


And of course, getting used to the Italian lifestyle ... nothing working quite right the first few times (cell phone, PAINFULLY slow internet, Italian beauracracy) ... 3.5 Euro three-course meals (with unlimited vino rosso in the soda dispensers) at the University mense/canteens ... and the fact that it is perpetually 75 degrees and sunny.
Oh, how we suffer for our art ...

1 comment:

Cat said...

I was gonna ask you how Italy was so far, but I can see that it's gorgeous and warm!