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Monday, March 19, 2007

outside the box

hi all!
this weekend we managed to have a good bit of fun. on sabbath we went to a cute little town on the coast called "vada" to enjoy the beaches and sun. unfortunately, the weather was a bit cold for swimming, but it was still fine for hanging out in the sun! it was really funny when we went to buy tickets to vada at the firenze train station, because the word "vada" is the formal word used to command someone to go. when we were asked where we were going, we told the teller "vada". he clearly didn't understand that vada was a place, and as we're all americans, he probably thought we were just trying to speak italian. after telling him "vada" 4 times, to the same question asked 4 different ways (including informally... rather rude), we told him "c'e un posto si chiama 'vada'!" (it's a place called "vada"!), he managed to print us some tickets. once arriving, we walked most of the way across town. it was a beautiful little town, much like college place, or a small california coastal town. here are some pictures of us hanging out on the beach! click on them for bigger versions.

mindy, kevin (myself)...

tess, and brian.

aside from tess' atm card getting stolen by an atm in a foreign town, the trip was quite successful. we had a great time, and decided to return when the weather's a bit warmer.

yesterday (sunday), the 10 american guys put on a party for the 20(ish) american girls, and a few others. our theme was geometric shapes. the theme was pretty controversial, and we lost the support and help of the italians who were helping in the planning, so we had to work extra hard on all the decorations and stuff. all in all, the party turned out pretty well though, with a super-sized jenga tower, funky shape costumes and american(ish) food (which we miss oh so dearly at this point).

here's the jenga tower my handses are blistered from making. i had the help of one other stout character, "stevo". we cut off the tops of all 21 boxes with normal paper-cutting scissors, or as i've so well learned in tailoring class, "forbici".

here's my costume, or lack thereof, for the festa. yes. i had pants.

here's a close up of some decorations. we also had some cool light fixtures that saved the decoration scheme. (i think you can kind of see one in the tower picture).

we miss you guys all so much!
thanks for all your emails/calls/pictures/packages... they mean a lot!


At 8:15 PM, Blogger Summer said...

Mindy, you look amazing. Good job sweetie. I'm so proud of you.


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