Alright, so I believe I left off ready to write about Monday. So we woke up at 6:45 am for class at 8 and ate breakfast (pastery that I ended up throwing away since it was gross with jelly inside and a juice). Around 9 we went for a long walk to our site that we're focusing on for design. It took a total of about an hour and a half to walk the whole thing, but we stopped at the stone carver's place to check out his work. Some students are paying about $300 to take some of his classes. We also stopped at another place to do some sketching. The road was pretty steep at some places, but we're used to it because it's about a 45 degree angle slope from our school to get anywhere.
So after we got back to Santa Chiara (our school), we had gesture drawing class, then lunch, then more sketching classes, Pro Practice 2, Italian language class, Italian customs class, design lecture about our site and the project that will go with it along with the preliminary stages such as precognitive thinking about "events" that occur in the urban, suburban, and rural stages of the town and how edge, color, and light changes from each zone. We had dinner at 7:30 and then went out for gelato. Although we've gone out for it quite a few times, I've only actually had it once here because I'm trying to purify the body along with all the intense walking during the day.
So we went to bed around 11 and that was pretty much our first day of school. Tuesday we woke up again at 6:45 for class at 8. We had design class and then Professional Practice and then lunch at 12:30. After lunch we had watercolor class, more design, more gesture drawing, etc. We had an hour and a half break before dinner and then dinner at 7:30. After dinner we had gesture drawing from 8:30-10pm. Pretty much hit the hay after a long day of class.
Wednesday we had to wake up a little extra early because it was our field trip day to Florence. So we woke up at 6:30 am and got ready for the day. We walked to the bus station (about 15 minutes away) and only had juice for breakfast because the pastry that they provided had a gross jelly in it.
So the bus trip took about an hour and a half to get to Florence. We travelled with Cal Poly Pomona so there was about 50 of us kids together. The bus driver dumped us off at Piazza Michelangelo with the David reproduction and I remembered that Mom, Elaine, and I walked up there on the side of the hill to see the David and have a bit after finding Elaine a bathroom to eat a few years ago. Mom drank a glass of wine as we watched the sun set on the beautiful city below.
Anyway, we were given walkie-talkies to hear the Italian tour guide who spoke English but annoyed our ears a bit. First we walked over the Arno River (Fiume Arno) on the S. Trinita bridge next to Ponte Vecchio. The guide took us to Santa Croce cathedral which is the burial site for Michelangelo, Galileo, and more notable people.
Right now I'm going in town with Claudia to pick up some stuff so I'll write later tonight!