Saturday, October 2, 2010

First Month

In many ways, it feels like this past week was our first "real" week here. It seems like all the stuff involved in moving is coming together and getting settled. We're getting into a routine. We've figured out (a little) the transportation system. We're comfortable getting in the car and driving places. Our housing situation is in process. And we've finally begun cooking dinners instead of just eating cheese and prosciutto, or a bagel, or going to the one restaurant on base.

I absolutely love my language class! While I won't be fluent at the end of the four weeks, I'm learning enough vocabulary and grammar to be able to communicate, and it's a wonderful feeling to be able to come up with some sort of sentence structure to talk to people here.

This weekend, we're planning to take the ferry to Ischia. We have three islands off the coast of Naples: Capri, Ischia, Procida. Capri is the most famous. Ischia is less well-known, but reputedly more beautiful and is also home to wonderful hot springs. Procida is not really visited by tourists, so it's more of a Neapolitan, local island. Today, we're hoping to test drive a cinquecento car on a local car lot and then we'll see what sort of activity we come up with. Nothing heavy; we both need a little rest.

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