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Ventuno in Italia....

sunny 50 °F

So it has just been a wonderful week! On Wednesday we had our first formal dinner. Before the dinner, we had a European Etiquette seminar where we learned how to properly dine in Europe. We learned about napkin placements, toasting, and how to use 12 forks in one meal. Your hands always need to be above the table, you cut with your right hand and eat with your left, never putting down the silverware, you never fill your glass more than a 3rd of the way…. All things I’m glad I knew before we got to the restaurant.

We all got dressed up and got on coach buses that took us to a fancy restaurant in Castelfranco, which is like 45 minutes away. The ballroom we were in was sooo beautiful. There were probably 20 tables set and waiting. The first course was antipasta, where we got this bread with tons of vegetables and cheese, then a stuffed artichoke with cheese, then a stuffed pastry. Then we moved on to the risotto which didn’t necessarily look appealing, but oh my gosh it was delicious. We then had a pasta course which were thick noodles with a white sauce and I guess it was duck in it, we found that out later. After that we had a beef course with these little potatoes, which were delicious. THEN my favorite part was the dessert. It was a pastry with hazelnut ice cream inside and whipped cream on top. Then the waiters walked around with hot chocolate sauce that they poured over the top. OH it was heaven. Then the espresso course, then home! It was the most delicious food I have ever had, and it was so nice to have good wine that was matched perfectly with the meal. I cannot WAIT for the next meal. I also got inducted into the honors fraternity at dinner, Phi Beta Delta. We got certificates and medals. Overall it was just such a nice evening and really nice to get away from the cafeteria food!!

The next night my friends arranged a birthday party for me at La Piazza, a small bar here on campus. We got to make our own mix cds for them to play (which is a big deal considering the American music here consists of shaggy and MJ). Everyone was just so sweet for my birthday! I didn’t pay for a drink all night and had my fair share, they got me a birthday cake and had everyone sing, I just felt so appreciative to have met such wonderful people here. They did everything they could to make it a good birthday and I had SUCH a wonderful night.

They came and woke me up this morning for my 8am Italian exam and my 10am Vis com test…. Coca Cola Light in hand. It was such a beautiful day today too, 50 degrees and sunny. Colleen and I sat out in the sun and made valentines for our guy friends here. All the boys ended up making us valentines and Jake even went out and got us girls these delicious home made chocolates from the pastry shop! I’m telling you, I could not have made better friends here! Tonight we went out to a new Pizzaria for birthday dinner. I got a pizza with artichoke, preschutto, and mozzarella…. Needless to say I ate the entire thing.

We are now just finishing packing for our 9 day trip. Tomorrow morning we will leave for Ireland. I am so excited to see a new part of Europe and explore! I will not be back until the 21st, and until then have to live off of 10kg of luggage. Thank you so much for all of the birthday cards and wishes. I love you all so much and will report back about my findings in Ireland and London!

Posted by stephgrebe 14:01 Archived in Italy Tagged living_abroad

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Happy #21 Stephers! Hope your having fun in Ireland. Cathy and I hope to go there someday. Have a pint of Guiness for me (though I imagine it's not your cup of tea). Love, UG

by Uncle Gregg

You guys are so adorable. Looks like so much fun!

by Shelly Kaufmann

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