Parole: palazzo (palace, villa), musica (music), navigare in Internet (to browse the internet)
Yesterday consisted of a combination of a productive morning and a relaxing afternoon for all of us. Liz and Lindsey got up at 7 and ran to the vet faculty (literally ran, because that is what they do). They volunteered to milk a sick cow which stayed at the faculty for the weekend, so they milked her first thing that morning. Aubrey and I headed to McDonald’s to use the internet to upload a blog post and to check out what was going on in the world. The internet is still not working at our apartment. It has been unusable for a little over a week now. We have full signal of the city internet at home, we can always get connected to it, and sometimes it even lets us log in with our username and password, however, it never actually works well enough for ANYTHING to actually load. It is very frustrating, however, the good news is, McDonald’s is only a 10 minute walk away for free internet, and we get free internet at the vet faculty. It is just an inconvenience not having it in the apartment. Anyway, once we finished using the internet, we went back to the flat, and headed to the TIM store to reload our cell phones. All of us met back up again at the train station, where the ticket machine wasn’t working right, and we had to run to our train so we wouldn’t miss it.
The trains that we took from Parma to Mantova yesterday were the same ones as the first two trains we took when we went to Verona. We took a short, loud, hot, rough-riding, two-car train from Parma to Piadena, and then took a large, fast, quiet, smooth-riding, double decker train from Piadena to Mantova. (By the way, Mantova is actually spelled Mantua, however, it is pronounced Mantova, and so now many places read “Mantova” instead of “Mantua”).
Once we arrived in Mantova, we grabbed some pizza for lunch wondered around the city. We visited a duomo, walked through several beautiful piazzas, strolled through some parks, saw some palazzos, walked on the edge of a couple lakes (Mantova is on three lakes, whose names translate to Lake Inferior, Lake Middle, and Lake Superior), and walked around the outside of Castello San Giorgio. The Castle still has a moat with water in it. Most castles that we have seen have had their moat’s drained, and are full of cats. In addition, the sun was bright today so it was a perfect day for photo taking. I bought a pair of obnoxious reflective sunglasses on a street market, and used them and Lindsey’s aviators to take lots of “reflection” type pictures.
UPDATE! I forgot to mention the lady that told us where a good gelateria is! We were standing at a small intersection deciding which way to go, and a little old lady walks up to us, and asks us what we were looking for. Victoria took charge as she is the best and most confident Italian speaker of us, and asked where a good gelateria is. She told us where to go, and said that she thought we were from Yugoslavia, and then she went on her merry way. Older ladies seem to be around everywhere in Italy, always doing something, and walking like like they are on a mission (no matter how fast they may be walking or biking).
On our way home, we literally took the same trains back to Parma. How do I know? In the morning, Victoria had an orange on the train. On the way home, we were eating strawberries and Grana cheese, and when we were throwing away the strawberry tops in the garbage trays by the seats, Victoria’s orange peels were still there! We were on the same train, in the same car, in the same seats, as we were in the morning before. And this was on the long, double decker train too, not the small, two-car one.
Once we got back to Parma, we headed to McDonald’s for internet, where I also am this morning to post this. They play American music here. Last night I was sitting here, and someone’s cell phone rings. The ringtone? Super Mario theme song. I laughed out loud. The Italians are also always talking to us about American movies and pop culture, and sometimes they knowing more about it than we do (which really isn’t saying much considering my pop culture knowledge). It’s amazing how technology really sends things like music, video games, and viral youtube videos across the world.
This afternoon we think we are headed to a Rugby game, and then, who knows what. This week we are going on a lot of field trips for our classes. We are excited to visit a lot of farm and new places.
Tags : shopping, train, travel
Categories : Trips