COOLER WEATHER. The weather has been rainy, off and on. I heard that the rainiest place in Europe is actually really close to Udine. I have used the trenchcoat several times, I don't know if I mentioned that. My companion (Anziano Anderson: he's been here for over a year) has been in warm areas during winter, so he hasn't broken out his winter jackets yet, if he has any. I saw him wearing a sweater the other day, though, so it's getting colder, some days.
COOKING ADVENTURES. I cooked stroganoff this week, but when I got to the supermarket, they didn't have sour cream. Or cream of mushroom soup. So I ended up cooking rice, and then cooking the ground beef, onions, and bell peppers together for a topping. It was pretty good for a hacked-together-meal. This week I'll be cooking pork chops with topping. Oh, I found out that there is a substitute for sour cream and for cream of mushroom soup, but I didn't know them at the time so it didn't help me. I had bought a package of what I thought was cream initially, to try to make sour cream, but it turned out to be just whole milk. So I drank it! No harm done :)
|Venice Street w/dome building|
We have about 50 people in church normally, now that Farragosto is finished. (Farragosto is a vacation for most of August...rumor has it that all of the locals go to the beach, and come back again in September.) 50 just about fills up our chapel. We could probably fit 70-80 people...it would be tight. The normal setup seats about 60.
|Baptismal font and chair|
SWEETS. This was the decoration on the cake at the baptism. They brought a LOT of food. I think there were two of those long folding tables at the church, with all sorts of food on top. I brought 48 chocolate chip cookies (they don't have chocolate chips, so I used broken-up dark chocolate candy bar, and they all disappeared. We make cookies/brownies fairly often here, which is nice (sometimes we just eat the cookie dough). I hear that most areas don't cook very many desserts. Thus, I like my apartment :)
|cake decoration at baptism|
Also, every soda here is Aranciata. Orange soda. Orange Fanta. I will never drink it again when I get back state-side. Too much.
So when I get back I'm going to study Spanish hard, and get that back up to speed. People say once I'm more used to Italian, I'll be able to differentiate better in my head which is which. But for the time being, the only Spanish I know is when I accidentally use it when I don't know an Italian word.
Love you! Ciao,