26 July 2007

SlowTravel GTG

The past ten days have been busy for us despite the break in La Quintana activities.

Last week we were in Assisi for a Get Together with other Americans and Italians from SlowTravel. This is a website dedicated to travel for those who want to experience the places they visit versus just quickly seeing as many sights as possible. You can read Valerie’s monthly articles on slowtrav.com. Thursday there were about 30 people gathered at an agriturismo for food and fun where we had the chance to connect with some old friends. We also had the opportunity to meet some people in person that we only know from their blogs or their participation on SlowTravel. Despite the heat that is gripping Italy we enjoyed our time in Assisi, as always.

We returned to Ascoli Piceno which was in a midst of free nightly concerts in the main piazzas which means the city was busy until way past midnight every night. The heat of the day forced many people out on the streets at night to enjoy the cooler temperatures. We heard a variety of concerts from folk to jazz and even an exhibition of the tarantella dance from southern Italy.

This week we met with Giorgio who spent the past school year in Hurricane, WV in a student exchange program. We enjoyed being able to share some of his experiences with life in American for an Italian as well as ours as Americans in Italy. Giorgio seemed to enjoy being able to experience a different culture in person and you can read about his time in the US on his blog Un anno a stelle e strisce.

There is still no break in our summer heat as the La Quintana events resume this week-end and La Festa di Sant’ Emidio begins. Perhaps we will need a vacation from Ascoli Piceno after July is over.

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