Since arriving in Italy AIFS has provided us with a pretty extensive “cultural calendar” of activities. Most of these I’ve written about here (e.g. the trip to Montepulciano and Pienza; the trip to Siena and San Gimignano; seeing La Triviata) but there were a couple of smaller ones I haven’t, such as the white wine tasting and the olive oil tasting. We learned quite a bit about the production and quality levels of both products and got to taste some as well (taking shots of olive oil was interesting…).
The Italians really love their soccer. Our professor told us that where he was sitting a small child got smacked for playing around during a moment of silence at the beginning (a player died recently) but was later yelling out curse words as bad as the adults. We loved the guys in front of us though. Throughout the game they would stand up and shake their fists, yell, and start talking angrily amongst themselves. It was as entertaining as the game itself (which I found I enjoyed quite a bit, though I’ve never watched soccer before), though it ended in a 0-0 tie.
Our cultural calender for this half of the program is a bit less intense because we have a much smaller group (our Washington group is only 5 and we were combining forces with Maryland and California for most of the activities, but their trips are coming to an end).
P.S. In case you haven’t noticed, I post more photos on Flickr, so if you’d like to see more views of the churches, etc. then just click the Flickr on the right of the page.
P.P.S. I apologize for any typos or weird formatting issues that have come up recently — I’ve been posting most of these from my phone.
P.P.P.S. If you’d like to see the AIFS blog (because perhaps you’re interested in studying abroad, or you just want more pictures of the activities, you can check that out here).