Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
On Sunday, July 18 we first went swimming off the rocks in Aci Castello. Then we had dinner with Alan, Ayrton and all the Italian families. Everybody came! We ate al fresco and it was a lovely -- although very warm -- evening. The families have been so welcoming and gracious to the Ellis girls during our stay here in Catania, and it was a real pleasure to dine with them.
Here are the pictures of the Ellis girls with their Italian families.
Here is a picture of Marina L. with Irene S., her parents and her little brother.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
On Saturday all 11 of us climbed Mt Etna, along with our wonderful professors and a Geologist. Apparently it is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps, and the biggest volcano in Europe. To the Ancient Greeks, it helped to pin down the Greek monster Typhon (along with the rest of Sicily). There was so much basalt rock and black sand and soil, but no animals. The savvy Romans accidentally hunted them to extinction. Etna is now covered with bands of wandering goats, and the occasional fox. There was still snow on some parts of the mountain and at the end of the day some of us followed a stream of snow runoff as high up as Etna and as time would allow.
Program participant Kristin Hebért of Tulane University takes in Mt. Etna.
Spring runoff cascading down smooth basalt stone.
Taking a break and munching on Juniper berries.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
We had a cooking class at 5pm today with our director and everyone on the program. It was held at a little restaurant right next to the place where our classes are. We each got to take turns making a type of eggplant parmigiana and pasta alla norma, which is eggplant in a red sauce with home made pasta. It was so fresh and SO DELICIOUS! Also fun to cook, but I am way too spazzy to deal with vats of hot oil. After the cooking class we walked around and went shopping for a bit. The city is going crazy right now in preparation for the St. Agatha festival that's coming up, with vendors all over the piazze and people bustling everywhere. ALSO, there are incredible sales going on all over the place. I got a skirt today for 20 euros, marked down from I think 69, some cute earrings, and the most insanely adorable stickers I have ever seen in my life. That's all for now!!