Italy-Travels to the South and back
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September 15th, 2007 – by: bvanb
The South is much different from the North and it was never more apparent then here. The South is much more conservative so you only saw masses of men out at the bars, while the women stayed home and did who knows what. Much of the economy is based on bartering between residents. The depression in the South is due to Mafia control.
The next day we went a little further South to a public beach next to a medieval castle, one of many that dot the hills tops and coasts of the entire country. The weather was warm, but very windy making choppy water. Since the water was warm and clean so I braved it, but not too far because I was unsure of the current. Eventually I noticed two rocks assembled perfectly like a chair and I sat there and let the strong waves crash into me for awhile, which was the best part of the whole excursion for me.
The three of us decided that we should just charge it across country back to the North and stay in Montalcino, in Tuscany, for two nights before parting ways. Alan’s much older friend Don, lived there for three years not to long ago so he knew everyone and I pretty much got the hook-up where I went. The landscape was beautiful, the people very friendly, and the food much simpler. We went out for lunch and got whole tomatoes, melon slices, a plate of assorted pecorino cheese, one of different salamis, and a basket of bread.
I was relieved to return to Cesena and see Ceci, as Alan was a total stress case and wore me out. That being said, I was glad to connect with Don and the trip was very educational. Plus, I do not think that the two men would have made it without me.
I have learned a little French and a little Italian, but in Italy I mostly talk Spanish to Ceci’s parents because it is the most similar. I think after I get Spanish down I will start on Italian. It is strange switching languages so often, when I arrived in Paris, I defaulted to Spanish, which is worse there then English, and in Italy I started speaking what I could in French, when Spanish is better, now it is back to English and then Spanish, Spanish, Spanish.
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