Ciao Italy, thank you

August 29, 2008

That’s a wrap…camp is over and I’m enjoying my last day in Italy.  Some impressions of my stay in Tuscany in stream of consciousness Kerouac style.  Beautiful landscapes like California (150 years ago), Hawaii, and Mexico all rolled into one.  Don’t hesitate for a moment when driving and go fast.  Know what towns are East West North and South from your destination and then just read the signs…once you get used to the crazy circle things its no problem.  Italian men love red and yellow pants and the whole country styles.  No trash day, take your own to a dumpster and they are excellent recyclers.  They don’t eat peanut butter, I never even saw it.  Pasta, olive oil, tomatoes, gellato, cheese, all kinds of fruit, espresso, fizzy water, pizza. Never had a bad meal.  They don’t really eat breakfast, but DO NOT mess with the 2+ hour lunch and don’t touch the fruit without a glove on.  Say one with your thumb like the Fonz or you will get 2.  No telling how many driving tickets I got till I get home because it’s all cameras…why don’t we do that and then we will have enough police for Compton and Leucadia (just kidding uncle Chris). Judging by the amount of speedos, pretty secure with themselves.  History galore, castles, paintings, sculpture.  The amazing Etruscans.  Lucca, Viareggio, Forte de Marmi, Terrenia, Sienna, Florence, Voltara, Montecatini Terme, Pisa, not a dud in the whole group.  Somehow didn’t get on a train. Unbelievable kids at the baseball camp, not a dud in the whole pack. Very hard workers and talented. It will be interesting to see how far they go. Would run through a wall if I said so.   Funny hearing 8 languages at the same time in the dugout. I found that German isn’t really a funny language and it sounds weird on the ball field (sorry Planet Z). The experience of a lifetime on and off the field.  I think my uncle Chris summed it up best when he said, “it’s a wonderful country they haven’t broken yet.”  Ciao for now Italy. Thank you very much.

2 Responses to “Ciao Italy, thank you”

  1. jeff cirillo says:

    Hey Dude,

    It looks like that building is going to fall on you. I just googled you and there you are in Italy. Kind of like Waldo but only more grey hair. Rillo

  2. Joey A says:

    I love the pictures!

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