By the aqueduct there is a shinny door knob we couldn't resist shot a family picture in.  We're all in there.  Can you find us all? :)

Perugia Italy – Weeks 5, 6, 7, 8

Yeah… Yeah… Yeah… I’m a little behind and I’m jamming a bunch of pictures into one post.  Here’s the dealio, folks.  We have about 5 days until we leave for Lisburn and I gotta get these babies up.

All that to say… it’s a lot of photos.  Some of these have been touched on in previous posts as well but I thought I’d combine them all here for you!

Enjoy!

There is a certain degree here that when students graduate they walk around with a wreath of leaves on their heads and you see this type of hazing going on.  For instance, this fellow has a big nose and rubber flippers followed by a big group of friends.  Normally when the ladies graduates with this degree, everyone get's really dressed up.  Not sure what the difference is.

There is a certain degree here that when students graduate they walk around with a wreath of leaves on their heads and you see this type of hazing going on. For instance, this fellow has a pig nose and rubber flippers followed by a big group of friends. Normally when the ladies graduates with this degree, everyone get’s really dressed up. Not sure why they only do this for the dudes.

Here is Ness taking the train to Rome to meet up with some friends for the weekend.  This was very much out of her comfort zone.  I was very proud of her :)

Here is Ness taking the train to Rome to meet up with some friends for the weekend. This was very much out of her comfort zone. I was very proud of her :)

One of the major cell phone carriers here is Tim.  We pay 15 euros per month per plan which includes like 300 minutes, 500 text messages, and 2 Gigs of Internet.  More then enough for anything we ever need.  It's amazing to me how much cheaper this is then home even for comparable service.  I can't imagine how much money cell phone companies are making in the US.  I think before we left we were paying about $250 a month for 3 lines.  Crazy.  At any rate, couldn't resist this self-serving promotion.

One of the major cell phone carriers here is Tim. We pay 15 euros per month per plan which includes like 300 minutes, 500 text messages, and 2 Gigs of Internet. More then enough for anything we’d ever need. It’s amazing to me how much cheaper this is than home even for comparable service. I can’t imagine how much money cell phone companies are making in the US. I think before we left we were paying about $250 a month for 3 lines. Crazy. At any rate, couldn’t resist this self-serving promotion.

Here is Isaak petting chicks at the market.  They are really cute.

Here is Isaak petting chicks at the market. They are really cute.  Wee little webbed feet and all.

Here is a view down the aqueduct where you can see our apartment in Perugia.

Here is a view down the aqueduct where you can see our apartment in Perugia.

Here is a millipede we found on the wall of the aqueduct.  You can see his legs if you click the image.

Here is a millipede we found on the wall of the aqueduct. Lot’s of feet.  I’d like to see him tap dance.

Angel told us a little trick to ripening khaki (persimmon).  Put 4 in a bag and add an apple.  In about 3 or 4 days, they will ripen.  We found out it should of been a plastic bag rather than a paper one.  Pretty interesting!

Angelo told us a little trick to ripening khaki (persimmon). Put 4 in a bag and add an apple. In about 3 or 4 days, they will ripen. We found out it should of been a plastic bag rather than a paper one. Pretty interesting!

Ness' loft view sunset pictures are much nicer then mine but this one is pretty neat.

Ness’ loft view sunset pictures are much nicer than mine but this one is a dandy.

We decided to go downtown for some Gelato and stumbled across this demonstration.  It was so bloody loud.  It was something about there not being enough jobs available.

We decided to go downtown for some gelato and stumbled across this demonstration. It was so bloody loud. It was something about there not being enough jobs available.

Just a nice picture of the Perugian valley

Just a nice picture of the Perugian valley

Another picture of the Perugian Valley this one from in front of the MiniMetro all the way at the top.

Another picture of the Perugian Valley this one from in front of the MiniMetro all the way at the top.

Homemade pizza dough.  We've made pizza 2 more times since this attempt each with better results.  By the time I get home, I should be able to make a mean pizza!

Homemade pizza dough. We’ve made pizza 2 more times since this attempt each with better results. By the time I get home, I should be able to make a mean pizza!

Here's the first pizza.  They call this pizza, margherita pizza named after Queen Margherita (or something like that)

Here’s the first pizza. They call this pizza, margherita pizza named after Queen Margherita (or something like that).  Its made with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.

Almost nothing beats homemade pizza and Dr. Who.

Almost nothing beats homemade pizza and Dr. Who.

The night we made pizza, is started to storm out.  Ness snapped this pic looking down from our apartment.  Pretty sweet looking.

The night we made pizza, is started to storm out. Ness snapped this pic looking down from our apartment. Pretty sweet looking.

We've had the pleasure of getting to know Christiano, his girlfriend Carla (from Wisconsin :) and her son Daniel.  It makes me a little sad we didn't get longer together.  I really believe we could of become very good friends if we had more time together.  Of course that doesn't mean we still can't become good friends!  We'll miss you guys.

We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Christiano, his girlfriend Carla (from Wisconsin :) and her son Daniel. It makes me a little sad we didn’t get more time together. I really believe we could of become very good friends if we stayed in Perugia longer. Of course that doesn’t mean we still can’t become good friends as we move thing this thing called life together! We’ll miss you guys.

I like this picture of my family.  What a crazy adventure and it's just getting started.

I like this picture of my family. What a crazy adventure and it’s just getting started.

This sticker was stuck to a sign near where the picture above (of our family) was taken.  I have no idea what it's supposed to be but it's looks kinda funny, no?

This sticker was stuck to a street sign near where the picture above (of our family) was taken. I have no idea what it’s supposed to be but it’s looks kinda funny, no?

I should of tried to capture more hair styles here.  One of the most popular hair cuts for boys looks just like Vanilla Ice back in the day.  In this picture is a girl cut.  Who wants to see Ness in this due?

I should of tried to capture more hair styles here. One of the most popular hair cuts for boys looks just like Vanilla Ice back in the day. In this picture is a girl’s haircut. Who wants to see Ness in this do?

On one of my previous posts I mentioned the beggars here in Perugia and how we felt some what hopeless in helping them.  Giving them change didn't feel like enough.  A better solution were these Care Pockets.  We printed out about 40 square pieces of paper with the verse Matthew 11:28-30 (Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens...) in Italian.  Each one folds into a prefect pocket that holds a Euro.  The idea is that people in the position of needing to beg really are looking for hope.  Maybe this gives them a little.  It was also very neat to be able to teach the kids about this and have them hand them out.  Being the dreamer I am, I decided to call it projectleast.org but haven't don't anything with it.

On one of my previous posts I mentioned the beggars here in Perugia and how we felt some what hopeless in helping them. Giving them change didn’t feel like enough. A better solution, we thought, were these Care Pockets. We printed out about 40 square pieces of paper with the verses Matthew 11:28-30 (Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens…) in Italian and we decorated the outsides with crayons. Each one folds into a prefect pocket that holds a Euro. The idea is that people in the position of needing to beg are really looking for hope. Maybe this gives them a little. It was also very neat to be able to teach the kids about this and have them hand them out. Being the dreamer I am, I decided to call it projectleast.org but haven’t really done anything with it yet.  I guess my idea was to create a collaborative community where we could discuss ways to make simple adjustments in our lives to help “the least.”  This trip has taught us all so much already and opened our eyes to new ways we can love people.  It’s refreshing and exciting!  We can’t wait to see what’s next!

Here is one of the famous European toilets with no toilet seat.

Here is one of the famous European toilets with no toilet seat.

I'm not really sure how to use this style.  It's really just a hole in the floor.  We've seen a couple of these and I've heard they are pretty popular in other parts of the world as well.

I’m not really sure how to use this style. It’s really just a hole in the floor. We’ve seen a couple of these and I’ve heard they are pretty popular in other parts of the world as well.

Carla and Christiano suggested that we should go check out this park just north of the soccer stadium.  It had this zip line that we all took turns riding on.  The ground was a little too close for comfort for some of us :)

Carla and Christiano suggested that we should go check out this park just north of the soccer stadium. It had this zip line that we all took turns riding on. The ground was a little too close for comfort for some of us :)





Can anyone tell me what sport is played on this field?

Can anyone tell me what sport is played on this field?

In the same park that had the zip line, they had one of these... things.

In the same park that had the zip line, they had one of these… things.

In that same park they also had geese, ducks, and some other aquatic birds.  We also saw swans.  This was the first time Ness and I had ever seen swans we think.

In that same park they also had geese, ducks, and some other aquatic birds. We also saw swans. This was the first time Ness and I had ever seen swans we think.  I like how geese have blue eyes like the one pictured here.

At home, every Tuesday was date night for Ness and I and we've continued to do that here in Italy.  Most of the time we go to Pizzeria Mediterranea.  One time I decided to order a liter of beer.  They were completely dumbfounded that anyone would ever order a full liter of beer.  They obviously never meet anyone from Wisconsin before.  It was pretty funny. Since then we've gotten to know the staff.  They know us as the no mushroom people :).  We've been there enough that they waive the 1.50 euro per person table fee.  Life is good!

At home, every Tuesday was date night for Ness and me and we’ve continued to do that here in Italy. Most of the time we go to Pizzeria Mediterranea. One time I decided to order a liter of beer. They were completely dumbfounded that anyone would ever order a full liter of beer. They obviously never met anyone from Wisconsin before. It was pretty funny. Since then we’ve gotten to know the staff better. They know us as the no mushroom (fungi) people :). We’ve been there enough that they waive the 1.50 euro per person table fee. Life is good!

I thought the vine covered house was kinda neat.  In the left hand of the picture is the famous Amanda Knox house.

I thought the vine covered house was kinda neat. In the left hand of the picture is the famous Amanda Knox house.

I went out a couple times and worked on some stuff.  Here was my setup at one such place down the road from our apartment.

I went out a couple times and worked on some stuff. Here was my setup at one such place down the road from our apartment.

There is something in the middle of my croissant.

There is something in the middle of my croissant.

Our apartment has wood floors so there is a lot of dust that builds up between sweeping.  I somehow thought that this was a neat picture so here it is... our dusty apartment in the sunlight.

Our apartment has wood floors so there is a lot of dust that builds up between sweeping. I somehow thought that this was a neat picture so here it is… our dusty apartment in the sunlight.

Just a neat view of a street on one of our walks.

Just a neat view of a street on one of our walks.

By the aqueduct there is a shinny door knob we couldn't resist shot a family picture in.  We're all in there.  Can you find us all? :)

By the aqueduct there is a shinny door knob. We couldn’t resist shooting a family picture. We’re all in there. Can you find us all? :)

Here is a picture featuring Alex in the knob.  He better set this as his FaceBook profile picture.  It's pretty sweet.

Here is a picture featuring Alex in the knob. He better set this as his FaceBook profile picture. It’s pretty sweet.

We've been here for 3 months and past this door a thousand times... or so... and never seen the detail until I snapped this picture.  There is still so much to see here.

We’ve been here for 3 months and passed this door a thousand times… or so… and never seen the detail until I snapped this picture. There is still so much to see here.

Alex and I decided to go out and "play in the snow."  This is the new look I came up with.  What do you think?

Alex and I decided to go out and “play in the snow.” This is the new look I came up with. What do you think?

One of a couple pictures we took of the snow we got.  I guess it's extremely rare for it to snow in November.

One of a couple pictures we took of the snow we got. I guess it’s extremely rare for it to snow in November.

Thought this made a neat picture.  We have to hang our clothes on the line to dry here.  This was one of Alex's shirts the following morning.

Thought this made a neat picture. We have to hang our clothes on the line to dry here. This was one of Alex’s shirts the following morning.

I'm sorry to report that Alex died in his sleep... or so it looks.

I’m sorry to report that Alex died in his sleep… or so it looks.

Nice contrast.

Nice contrast.

Not sure why they call this a carousel but they do.  The kids took a ride a couple of weeks ago.

Not sure why they call this a carousel but they do. The kids took a ride a couple of weeks ago.

Kids on the Carousel

Kids on the Carousel

I think this is "the next thing" - wings on shoes.  Get yours and be the cool kid in the class!

I think this is “the next thing” – wings on shoes. Get yours and be the cool kid in the class!

And… some videos!



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I'm a tinkerer from a long line of tinkerers who loves finding new ways to combine my passions into new and better experiences. I'm forever dreaming up new ideas and new ways of doing things with a technological bent. I'm an introvert at heart so "getting out and meeting new people" is a bit uncomfortable for me but I'm pushing through it. I love learning new new things and sharing them with people. Perhaps in another life I would of enjoyed being a teacher.

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  • Karen

    I loved each video and photo ! I miss you guys and am looking forward to your return and for you to cook for us !