Corri la Vita
Well I still feel pretty crummy today. The throat thing has definitely turned into a nose thing now. I was up at 5 this morning trying to get the congestion to go away so that I could go back to sleep, which I eventually did.
We walked to the start of Corri La Vita and in the process came across a hoard of runners competing in the race. There were so many of them that they could hardly run, it was more like running in place. After meeting Laura at the Duomo we ran into some other friends from school and decided to pal around together for the walk. We decided that we should try going backwards so that we would maybe miss the crowds. Which worked about half of the time. I don’t know if it ever would have really worked though because there were so many people. We saw a little church museum that was pretty unexciting and a “palace” turned apartment complex by some important people of the Renaissance. The guide for that tour was a hoot. We smoked a pipe and had funny English expressions. We then made our way to the Giardino de Bardini and the Giardino de Boboli both of which were beautiful. It was so nice to experience some green! It was also interesting too how the Bardini Gardens were so hidden from the street; you would have never known that there was a huge garden on the inside of the building; and that from the other side of the Arno that you could totally see it but never noticed it before we went there. After deciding that we were tired, hungry, and hot we made our way to find food and eventually settled on a “kebab” place (that was good but not as good as the one by our house). We rewarded our hard daily work with some gelato and then decided to go to the attractions that opened at 2.
Everyone wanted to go to Santa Croce since most of us live nearby and have never been inside where so many famous people are buried. After making it to the front of the line, they turned us away one, because some of the girls were wearing shorts, and two, because they said we weren’t residents even though we had our Corri La Vita shirts on, which was supposed to be our free entry. We walked away pretty confused as to why at least some of us couldn’t get in and made our way across the front of the church where there was a tour-guide looking lady and a security guard. We stood there for a while wondering what we should do when one of the guys went up to the guard and tried asking him what was going on. After he rattled off some mumbo-jumbo in Italian, we waited our turn to talk to the lady who spoke a little bit of English. She said that what had happened was that the museums had given the ok to Corri La Vita to allow people into certain sites and then the night before had changed their mind about who they would let in and said that they had to be a resident (which technically we are). She was so exasperated and said that she was ashamed to be Italian and that she was bored and angry; bored because she wanted to give tours of the grounds to people and angry at the Italian bureaucracy. She gave us some tips as to how we might be able to get in but we decided that we would just try another day since the admission is only something like €2. We all decided that we would give the Galileo Museum a shot since it was close to Santa Croce. We were able to get into that place just fine; whatever was going on at Santa Croce was strange and obviously we were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Galileo Museum was really cool though. There were all sorts of strange and mystical looking devices; Laura and I decided that it was no wonder people thought that scientists were witches, because they had strange instruments and could made things happen almost inexplicably. We experienced Galileo’s finger (which happens to be his middle one, upright), his other index finger and thumb, and his tooth. It was really strange but cool if they are legitimately real. There was also this room with really strangely accurate life-size anatomically correct sculptures of childbirth and all the things that could go wrong. It was really creepy. Laura and I then met Amy in the Piazza della Signoria and found some art students sketching (neigh, cross-hatching) the David and we talked to them for a bit before heading inside the Palazzo Vecchio. The rooms were similar to the one we saw on Open Day: massively hight ceilings and intricately ornate and guilded frescos. Some were more guilder than others. There was actually a room that we think was unfinished and it had very pale people and strange faces on the walls. We also saw a room of old maps and it was interesting to see how differently they interpreted the landmasses.
After listening to some symphony music, we went to the Farmacia for more medicine to help me feel more comfortable. By the time we got home it had started to lightly sprinkle. I was so exhausted I probably could have gone to bed right then and there, despite the fact that it was only 6pm. Amy was nice enough to make Laura, I, and herself hot coco for watching Avatar while it poured rain outside and eventually thundered and lightninged (which was super exciting!). When the rain subsided a little Laura went home and we made a delightful dinner of Pasta, pesto, peas, and pancetta (the most alliterative meal ever!). I caught up on almost all of my journaling and I don’t think I’ll edit photos tonight since I’m SO tired. I hope this nose spray works because I REALLY want to sleep well tonight. Tomorrow we’re going to ask the school next door if they are the owners of Linksys and if they could leave it on all the time so that we can use it. People have taken tickets from our sign on the gate in our apartment, but no one has yet to email us and it’s been over a week now. But in the meantime, rain and nutella will have to suffice. I really hope I feel better tomorrow. I hate being sick.
Corri la Vita, a set on Flickr.