The first major thing I did this weekend that I don't have pictures of (besides getting lots of Italian homework and eating more giant pizza) was going to St Catherine's church here in Siena to see her head. And her thumb. That's all they have of her. It was interesting, to say the least. I don't really know what else to say about that, but hey, if you're into that kind of stuff, it's cool. It's one of those things I'm glad I did, even though it was bizarre.
|This is the view of the Torre del Mangia in Piazza del Campo|
We wanted to climb the tower in Piazza del Campo, but alas, it was closed by the time we got there. We decided to chill for the rest of the day and meet later for some ice skating at the winter festival that was happening about 10 minutes from my house.
|There was a winter carnival and we decided to go ice skating|
|We're so cool|
|Our after ice skating snack- Nutella pizza!|
Saturday, bright and early, we had an appointment at the post office to start the process for the "permesso di soggiorno" or permission to stay. We just handed them a bunch of paperwork and paid 30 euros. I think we have a few more steps before we are legally allowed to live here. You know, cause the visa wasn't enough.
A group of us decided that we wanted to have an adventure outside of Siena (you might think this is hasty, but we have a class that basically shows us all the major sites of Siena as class trips so I don't need to seek them out on my own). We were going to go to San Gimignano, a small city about a half an hour outside of Siena, but we found out we go there for class, so we chose another small city, Montepulciano. What an adventure!
|The view from my front door|
|random strange car|
|The wine road! We must be almost there, right?|
|WRONG. Turns out, we were 9 km from the city...|
|Tuscany. So beautiful.|
|I could get used to a view like this|
|Yup. I'm used to it|
|The clock tower. Coincidentally, this piazza can be seen in|
The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Yup.
|Montepulciano is like a smaller, more|
|Cats roam wild in Italy!!!|
|The vampire menu at the caffe we stopped at.|
Yes. Vampire menu.
|We decided to sample both the red and white wines. They|
gave us all that food for free!
|Olive oil tasting. Ah-mazing.|
The next day, we decided to be adventurous again and climb the Torre del Mangia in the Piazza del Campo. It was exhausting and exciting at the same time, though the steps were quite steep and let me just say my legs are not happy with me. But the views were totally worth it!
|They built this for people a lot smaller|
than us! So narrow!!
|Me at the top with the Duomo behind me|
|Piazza del Campo from the very top|
|Mind your head!|
|Definitely got my exercise in for the week|
|Russell chose the very Italian 'hot dog and french fry' style|
|look at us craft kids|
Time for bed! Gotta get ready for some more Italian class tomorrow, plus a trip to the 'bottini,' an underground part of the city! Exiting stuff! Ciao for now!