Beach Life

Sorry for the unannounced hiatus! We’ve been at the beach for the past two weeks and I haven’t had wifi. I’ll post on Saturday when we get back to civilization.

Ciao for now!

Florence 2.0

Sorry I’m just getting around to making this post! I’ve been watching a lot of soccer in my spare time, so I’m just now getting around to it. When in Rome Imola, right?

This past weekend, I went to Florence with three NIBs (Nice Italian Boys, for those who haven’t been keeping up on Twitter). We left early Saturday morning and had the most beautiful drive to the city! Driving through the mountains of Tuscany should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list.

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When we got to Florence, we just walked around the city for a few hours. When I was in Florence in May, the weather was horrible, so it was nice to be there on a hot, sunny day. I’ll spare you a repeat of all the pictures — check out my first Florence post again if you’re terribly curious. We did go inside the dome this time, though!

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On Saturday night we went to a huge campout/bonfire/party on a hill just outside of the city. There was a gorgeous view of the entire city from above during the drive, and since it was almost dark it was all lit up. It was probably in the top 5 most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my life! The party itself was fun, too. There were about 100 people there, and everyone was cooking over the fire and talking to new friends and generally having a great time. I learned a few Italian campfire songs and tasted countless different types of wine!

On Sunday morning, we met another group of people for a bike ride to a park outside of the city. Of course, I hadn’t ridden a bike in ten years and about thirty minutes into the ride I completely forgot how (embarrassing), so one of the NIBs and I drove to the park instead, which proved to be a much better idea because it was way too hot outside to be doing any sort of physical activity. The park had some great views, too!

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On Sunday evening, we went to a match of a type of historic soccer that is played in Florence. It’s basically soccer with no rules. Players can pick up the ball, tackle each other, and do anything they want to stop the other team from scoring. It was certainly entertaining to watch!

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Our trip ended with the best view of all: the view from Piazzale Michelangelo. We went just at sunset, and seeing the city from above was magical. I couldn’t get enough of it!

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Otherwise, everything has been pretty much the same since my last post. We leave for the beach for two weeks on Saturday, which I’m very much looking forward to. And then two weeks after that I’ll be home! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, but I’m definitely ready to see my family (and my pets) again.

Ciao for now!

Bonus pic: I had to use this toilet. It was quite the struggle.

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Summer Nights

Last winter, after the weeks of freezing cold days, I promised myself I would never complain about the heat again. While I held myself to that promise this week, I came close to breaking it a couple times. It’s been a week full of 95 degree days, which I loved, but trying to sleep in 95 degrees at night is not something I’m a huge fan of.

Aside from bedtime, though, this week has been perfect. The extreme heat during the day meant hours spent at the pool. Jordi and I went every day this week. He was a little scared at first, but by Friday he was jumping into the water like a pro. After this week, I’m officially darker than I normally am by the end of the summer, and I’ve still got two weeks at the beach to get my tan on! I can’t wait.

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This week has also been exciting because it marked the start of the World Cup. I’m a huge soccer fan–it’s probably my favorite sport to watch–so I’ve loved experiencing the love of soccer here in Italy. It was clearly evident last night, when Italy won its first match against England. The game didn’t end until 2:00 in the morning, but for an hour afterwards there were car horns honking and people cheering outside. I was tempted to go join in! I can’t imagine how crazy it will get if Italy continues to do well.

We’re off to downtown Bologna today, so I’ll post pictures later! Ciao for now!

Nanny Livin’

Now that Jordi’s out of preschool for the summer, we’ve been together all day every day. It’s crazy and exhausting hanging out with a one-year-old all day, but it’s also so much fun!

Our day together starts around 9, when Evita leaves for school and my host mom goes to work. We’ve already had breakfast by that point, so after a quick change out of pajamas and into real clothes, it’s out the door and off to the park! I like to go for a walk downtown first to window shop, but Jordi isn’t a fan of actually going into any of the stores, so I haven’t bought anything cute yet. Maybe that’s a good thing!

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There are a couple playgrounds pretty close by, but my favorite is about a 15 minute walk away. It’s huge and surrounded by trees, which is relaxing for me (or as relaxing as it can be with a baby to chase around). There’s also a pond with ducks, which is super fun for both of us. It’s a little ways off the main roads, so it’s a bit of a hike to get to, but it’s so worth it!

We usually play for an hour or two, and then we head back home for lunch. Cooking two different lunches for the two of us is an ordeal. Now I feel for my parents, who to this day still sometimes have to make separate dinners for me. Sorry, Mama and Daddy! At least pasta is relatively easy to make (I’ve been eating tons of it and I’m in heaven).

By the time we’ve eaten, we’re both pooped, so it’s nap time for Jordi (and usually me, too…)

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After nap time we play at home for awhile, and then Jordi and Evita’s grandmother arrives to help out by picking Evita up from school and feeding the kids dinner, as their mom doesn’t get home from work until later. This gives me a bit of a break sometimes! The majority of my work is done by this point–I still play with the kids during the evening, but I’m not on my own, so it’s completely different than my mornings.

Then it’s dinner for me and bedtime for the kids…and also me. I’ve been going to bed before Evita, who’s five. It’s a little embarrassing, but hey, I like my sleep.

Here’s a picture of Jordi from this afternoon. He found his sister’s markers and just had to try them out. Chaos ensued.

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Ciao for now!

Babies, Beaches, and Wedding Bells

Sorry I’ve been AWOL for the past week! It’s been crazy busy! Now that I’m getting into a nanny schedule I’m either with the kids or exhausted, which doesn’t leave me much time to blog. I’ll give y’all a quick recap of every day to keep things straight.

On Monday and Tuesday, Jordi was sick, so I stayed home with him. He reminds me so much of Charlie–and he tires me out like Charlie does. How is it possible for such little people to have so much energy??

Wednesday and Thursday were more relaxed, because both Evita and Jordi were in school all day. I had some time to myself to explore the town. I found some English books in the library, thank goodness. I would have gone crazy this summer if I didn’t have anything to read.

Friday I had to get up early to take the kids to school, since their mom went to work early. I spent the rest of the day outside reading–the weather has been so wonderful! It’s sunny and in the high 70s every day, just like I imagined Italian weather to be.

On Saturday I got the opportunity to go to an Italian wedding. It was pretty similar to an American wedding, but there was so much food. I was in heaven. Between the two courses of appetizers, two different pastas, and cake as well as fruit and ice cream for dessert, I probably ate enough for five people. That’s not even counting the wine and champagne…

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And then yesterday, Sunday, we made the whole 30 minute drive to the beach. It was the perfect day! Not too hot, not cloudy, and warm water! (Not that I spent much time in the water, I was too busy catching up on my tanning. Also I’m afraid of sharks so…) We’re going for two weeks later in the summer, and I can’t wait to spend more time there.

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Today’s a holiday in Italy, so the kids are out of school. We spent the morning at a park that has a playground and a pond with ducks, which they loved (and so did I). We’re having dinner with the neighbors tonight–pizza! I’ll let y’all know how it is.

Ciao for now!

Venezia

Sorry it’s been awhile! Jordi has been sick, so I’ve been at home with him for the past two days and haven’t had much free time. 

On Sunday, though, I had the day off, so I went to Venice with three guys who live here in Imola and another au pair from America. It was beautiful! I love water, so being completely surrounded by it was like paradise for me. It’s definitely my favorite city in Italy so far! 

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