Please ignore bad punctuation...
We send our love from a biblioteca in the town of Sora. We arrived here yesterday for our stay at an organic farm outside of town. We are camping there and have decided to stay an extra day (3 days total). The farm has goats, mules, sheep, and a few dogs. It is run by a family that is very welcoming. Antonello is the son and he is quite a character. He speaks English well and is always making jokes. We were welcoming with bread and wine. His father, Guiseppe, speaks Italian and French, but managed to communicate with us and show us around the farm yesterday. He even milked a goat so we could see and then had us drink the milk from the pot right away! He is adorable and has an Italian-English dictionary that he would use to tell us things.
On Friday we will head out and go to Pompeii. From there, Sicily, and then Greece before heading back to Italy and going north.
Today we hiked to a castle at the top of a mountain in Sora. The ruins of the castle are open so we were able to walk around and see everything. Ben kept saying how he should have a torch in the tunnels and was probably living out his dream as Robin Hood.
We have only picked up a few Italian words since we have been here. Scusi (Excuse me), Parla inglese (Do you speak English), and Bonjourno. We thought it was polite to say Bonjourno to everyone we pass. Today, a man informed us that you donàt say Bonjourno after morning. As if we werenàt already easy to spot as tourists.
== Ran out of time to label the pics. Sorry!
Some quick observations of Italy
Fashion is important
Shiny shoes, coats, and purses are in
Italians are cool
Toilet seats are a luxury
Toilet paper is a treat
If there is a toilet seat, there is no toilet paper
If there is toilet paper, there is no toilet seat
The small button is for number 1, the big button is for number 2
People are friendly
Salami is cheap
One can, in fact, survive on salami sandwiches