for thanksgiving i made stuffing, corn, and mashed potatoes for my family, which they really liked and were excited to try. my host mom also made an apple pie that night because i had told her before that we usually have that. it wasnt a super big deal because they dont celebrate thanksgiving here, but it was still a nice night with my family.
|our beautiful hotel in florence!|
|Ponte Vecchio, Florence|
on the last day of school before christmas break, when the last bell rang, everybody ran outside, half of the people smoking (like normal), the other half popping bottles of champaigne and splashing it everywhere. great fun italy :) most all of the break i spent in minori, a town on the coast, with my host family and their grandfather. christmas was very nice, we had a lot of family over and a great big feast. its traditional in italy to eat fish on christmas so we had that and squid.
|All the family, at nonno's house for christmas :)|
after all the comotion of fireworks and such went down (well really only a bit of it had calmed down, but hey its naples) we went to a disco that ended at 8 in the morning. as completely exhausting as that was, it was soo much fun and im so glad i got to do that.
the 6th of january was befana day, which is something we dont do in america. the befana is an old woman, usually shown as like a witch (a nice one) that comes around and puts candy in all the stockings. so we got some more chocolate and candies that day.
now finally, the last thing. The Salerno lights. around christmas, the entire city of salerno covers itself with amazing, beautiful lights that i was lucky enough to go a few days ago to see. there is one street that all the way down has shooting stars, a moon, galexies that kind of stuff, plus a piazza with the entire solar system
and all the planets. one street has flying carpets, and anoth with flowers. the main place to see though is the central park that they have filled with fairies, mushrooms, and butterflies. squirrels, a peacock, and a polar bear. big swirly trees and some elves hiding around. all this made of lights of course. plus when you just walk in, you walk through a huge silver tunnel made all out of the lights. we were lucky because when we went, it was a while after christmas, plus it was rainy that day so there was barely anybody else there. my friend had said that when she went there before, there were so many people you could barely see anything. so once again, sorry it's been so long, i'll try to post again soon! ciao!!