Essere o non essere

...First to translate that one gets an extra postcard from yours truly. :-)

This is a villa in Lucca...bellisima!

Allora, siamo avere una volta fabulosa. We are having a wonderful time. We are both pretty convinced that we could live quite comfortably in Florence. This city is amazing. We have been so blessed to be surrounded by fellow believers who have really taken us in under their wing and have done a fabulous job of making us feel welcome, comfortable and protected in this city. We have had a couple of little mishaps here and there...a psychological scare thinking we were being kidnapped by a bus driver, proposed to by some Africans and wandering around exhausted and disoriented in the center of Florence for over an hour last night. But, we are safe and sound and still enjoying this city immensely.

I have never been anywhere that felt so much like a home away from home as it does here. It is also incredible knowing that half my heritage is in this country. And, to top everything off, my Italian is improving every day. People are beginning to respond to me in Italian, which is a huge complement but also problematic as my comprehension is still really that of a third grader :-) But we're managing, and Italians really do use huge gestures to illustrate their conversations, so that certainly helps two unilingual girls like us.

Oh, and what would an update be without speaking of the Italian men. (lol) What can I say? They love their music, their wine and their women. We've had men yell out things like "Belle!" (most common), "Barbie!", "What's Up?!", "Bon jour" (very funny...this was yelled to us when we didn't respond to the 'what's up'), and today, one man yelled from his shop, "I Love you!" Rachael and I walked past and burst out laughing. We certainly weren't helping the guys by wearing bright pink tank tops...not planned, so we stuck out among a sea of less florescent colors.

We're having a great time. Can't say it enough. Davide has teased us that we are going to have boyfriends in every port. We've had a couple of offers. Rachael got her hair done today by a man named Jon Luca. Oh my gosh, if there ever was your typical Italian lover, this was your man. We were laughing so hard at his never subtle overtures. I'm not kidding when I say that every single thing out of this man's mouth was some type of innuendo. We envisioned some type of Herbal Essence commercial happening in his mind when he was cutting her hair. I've never laughed so hard as I have here.

We have yet to try good Italian wine. That's next on our list. We have had amazing cappuccinos, gelatto (this stuff is from heaven), and after dinner liquer (Italians use it to help digest their Sunday lunch, which took four hours at Davide's house).

Here are some more photos for your viewing pleasure....(click on the link)

This is Rachael and I on the River Arno. It's so beautiful.arno

This is that other bust that we developed a slight crush on. The sculptures and artwork in this city are unparalled. And that's an empirical statement...Florence is really the art capital of the world.conversazione

Posted by Portia at July 19, 2004 02:29 PM


We can translate it!!!

Just a note to say we are so excited you guys are having a great time. Tell Rachael to post a shot of her new hairdo!!!

We know about Caterina and Giuliano's 4 hour meals...wonderful home cooking!!!

Its really very rich to be able to visit a spirit filled church too, while away from home. You feel the automatic connection as family, especially when you hear the worship, don't you agree?

It thrills us so to hear about your trip, its almost like we are still there!!!!

Love you both lots,
Dio vi benedica...
Giacomino and Giulietta

Posted by: jimmy and juli at July 19, 2004 03:01 PM

to be or not to be, and that is not the question right now!!

Posted by: Jon at July 19, 2004 04:19 PM

What link?

Posted by: jon at July 19, 2004 04:25 PM

Dad - "This is hilarious if you're a girl, but it isn't hilarious if it's her father..."

Posted by: Peter at July 19, 2004 09:32 PM

Looks like a beautiful scene..everywhere. Glad you're having a great time. It's very warm the 3 digits now every day.

My fig and peach tree are loaded so am trying to keep up with canning and jam.

Mandy is going to Germany next month and Megan will return to Sonoma..both attended summer classes at A.V.

I have a new little dog who is adorable..Bichon Fris? named Muffy. They are used for therapy dogs because of their gentle and sweet nature. He looks like a powder puff but he's all dog..he was rescued and I was the fortunate recipient.

Do take care! Love, Grandma

Posted by: Grandma at July 20, 2004 03:03 AM

I miss you Emily!

Posted by: Kristin at July 21, 2004 11:26 AM

she's not missing us, I'll tell you that!!

Posted by: Jon at July 21, 2004 02:10 PM

I love you Jonny!! I want you to email me, Freak! I need updates from my brothers. What do you want from Italy? More like, what do you want within a broke person's budget :-) Love you!

Posted by: Emily at July 21, 2004 02:40 PM

You better be missing up Emily! ha, j/k..well sort of...lala...

Posted by: Kristin at July 22, 2004 11:03 AM

I want a really hot Italian girl! woohoo!! You won't have to put any money out for that one, just a bit of pity on your lonely younger brother! Come on!! It'll be fun! That's wonderful! muahahahaha

Posted by: Jon at July 22, 2004 01:11 PM