Monday, January 29, 2007

Caitlin and Stef's wedding photos.

I'm trying to collect and compile the photos from Caitlin and Stef's wedding. and i've made a blog where i'm putting all of them... So if you're curious to see the lovely bride and handsome groom, you are welcome to check out what is up so far.

Snowshoeing In National Park of Abruzzo

This weekend peppe and I went to the OTR and then had a nice dinner with Lisa. It was probably the last dinner we'll have before she leaves on Wednesday :-( But you never know, maybe we'll see her tonight for a big sendoff.. She's off to Oaklahoma to be with her fiancé, Gary, who we all got to meet on new years.

Then saturday we thought about going up to cansano, but in the end decided to go up on Sunday morning to the National Park of Abruzzo (Lazio and Molise). the park was no where near as wonderful as the Majella. we drove around for hours looking for trails that we saw on the map...

but that were no where to be seen on the ROAD. poorly marked trails and the people were...well... not really sporty, but more like pains in the as*.

BUT we were so super lucky, because just as we were about to give up (Peppe acutally said "i'd rather go back to rome." when i pointed out a x-country ski path full of screaming children and lazy grandparents knocking eachother over with their poles as an option for trying out my new showshoes..) we found a real off-the-beaten-track trail that ended up being really beautiful! it was a lovely, warm, sunny day. there was a lot of snow on the ground. and it was really fun. and i love my snowshoes and my new camera. yay!! (CLICK on photo to enlarge)

so now i don't know whether to love or hate that place. i do doubt that we'll be back there anytime soon. but at least we know one nice place to go... (press play to view)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Caitlin and Stef!

I still have to gather up some better pictures and really go into detail about the night, but i just wanted to put up this one, cause i thought if was very pretty.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Mucho Mas Muggio

peppe would like me to share with you all an image of the hike we took.... that red-dotted line... that's the path we took.

Here's another picture of the pretty horsie we came across...

Mucho Muggio!

So, I promise wedding photos are to come, but mine aren't so good... i'm kinda waiting to see if the friends manage to share a bit so that i can select the best of the bunch. HINT HINT. Instead, i'll tell you all about our weekend in Muggio!
*p.s. this is the first post with new, fancy camera (thanks mom and dad!) so if you click on these photos, you'll be AMAZED!!!

we took the train to milan and rented a car. Even though we took the "slower" (ie scariest, twistiest, narrowest road in the world!) road to Muggio, we were just in time for Mirjam's fondue and ana was already there!

on saturday we went for a walk through the gorgeous countryside that is the Muggio Valley. matt and mirjam have a special little place to call home. the view is breathtaking and the village itself, adorable, rustic, yet not isolated. this is the entrance to their home!
We walked up the mountain and had a little picnic all together. then we walked back down again.
when we made it to the swizterland/italy line peppe stood on the wall and jumped into italy. what he hadn't realized was that the leaves were not just covering the ground, but were two feet deep. needless to say, he ended up face down in the leaves, but he was a really good sport about it. once we knew it was o.k. to laugh, it kind of became the highlight of the day.
This stuff is for my dad, because if anyone is interested in intercontinental boundary drill holes... it's him.
I is for Italy. S is for Switzerland. and yes, they are on opposite sides of the same rock.

When we got back to the casale Mirjam made us a swiss specialty which she referred to as the "bomb". it rocked. she also made some traditional swiss bread for sunday morning.

i regret not taking a picture of the final product... as it neared perfection. it was so nice to sit by the fire with bread in the oven... i'm sure you can imagine the country home sensations running through the place. after all the craziness that was december and january, we thought going away for our first weekend without craziness, was crazy, but alas, it really was perfect! it was also really nice to see them and think about what our caitlin is experiencing in nairobi in the same moments. Speaking of which, we have news from kenya! i can't even try to paraphrase the email (which was soooo wonderful and i appreciated so much, cait!) ... but as a summary, it seems that their spirits are high and that, although it's all very foreign and strange, they are enjoying it (o.k., spliced with some harrowing moments, but still, the animals and the scenes are all very exciting). and i think that they are o.k. and i'm glad. really glad to know that.

on sunday we explored lugano a bit after seeing Matt's architecture project at his school in mendrisio. the project was very cool. Lugano is very ritzy, which i didn't expect at all, but i guess everyone else knew. quite a contrast to the natural landscape of muggio. it has a pretty lake surrounded by mountains. we walked around a little and ate some food by the lake. Ana took us to a public garden which was very fairytalesque. it was so wonderful to see her and get some hiking, eating and drinking in... ahhh muggio, i miss you already!

Monday, January 22, 2007

How embarrassing?!

Hi friends!
i'm so embarrassed! and i feel bad. i hope there isn't a bad gossip thread going on around there about me.

i've been very negligent with my blog writing.

it's just been a little bit hectic and i got distracted. I kinda felt like i should backtrack... but then i just got overwhelmed with how much happened and how crazy and amazing and sad and powerful this month has been for me. So i guess i'd like to start out with one of the highlights of my trip home. and that was secret santa.

OHHHH SECRET SANTA! you never let us down. and all the ELFSTERS you are so thoughtful.
Lucky for us Alex supplied a craft. As we joined together with holiday spirit and artichoke dip and spaghetti pie.... the craft became a work of art.

At katie's place in southie. It was the 19th of December.

We had such a good time! it's always so fun to get together, and even though i see almost everyone of my friends quite a bit when i'm home, the grand slam effect of seeing everyone together, really, at this point, has no other name than "secret santa" and it's just too much fun. it was great that alana managed to stop by. everyone was very glad to see her, especially me. i miss them all, a bit too much to be very productive at work :-(

I think i'm going to have to start from whats happening now and then backtrack just a little about christmas and the wedding (December 29th! the best day ever!) in the next few weeks cause otherwise this would become a full time job. and i already have one.