My time is getting short. I seem to be making lots of lists and attempting to get everything crossed off. Unfortunately just when I think I’m making progress, I think of one or two more things I have to remember and hence a new list begins. Am I complaining, not a bit. I’m going to Italy and in eleven days I’ll be stepping off the train at the station in Arezzo!
I’ll be staying in to a great apartment (I’ll even have a garden off my kitchen) in the centro storico (historic center of the town). After a day of trying to get settled, I’ll be off to school on the top floor of the building in the photo. Am I ready for speaking all Italian all the time? No, not really, but it’s sink or swim at the school-the common language is Italian only and there’s no English spoken at all. Same goes for around town. Last time I stayed in Arezzo the only time I heard any English was the weekend of the famous antique fair when people descend on Arezzo from all over the country.
I’m excited to be there for the week leading up to Easter. Besides looking forward to the evening procession through town on Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, I hope to have time to visit Vestri, the famous chocolatier located right outside of town. I don’t think I’ll get behind the scenes like the last time I was there, so I’ll have to make do with treating myself to their beautiful chocolates.
I better go and do a little studying. I want to make sure I can say “I’ll take a half a pound of those little hazelnut-chocolate candies.”