I haven’t blogged since March 21st… If I ever get to the events that have happened between then and now, it will be a miracle.
To future bloggers: BRING YOUR LAPTOPS! I think Jeanette mentioned this as well. At least you can type up an entry at home at night and then load it when you arrive at school. It’s too time consuming and stressful to sit down at the one of two computers we have at school to type out an entry. LaptopsLaptopsLaptops!
A lot has happened since March 21st. Spring break (huge trip to Greece - unbelievable), friendships strengthened, relationships with families and professors became stronger, and our group became one big family. The past two weeks have been wonderful and franticl: we had our last over-night trip to Napoli, a trip to Firenze, lots of going out with friends, studying when necessary, taking exams, packing and shipping stuff home.
This past weekend the fam (our group) made an enormous - abnoxiously large - poster for Daniela and Barbara. Every semester the groups make a photo poster for Daniela and Barbara so they’re remembered. We took that into account, pondered, and also considered Daniela’s questions over and over of: “You don’t want to be forgotten, do you!?” Well, we didn’t, and our final response was huge. We found a large refrigerator sized box, cut a large heart shape out of it, added a banner and completely covered it with fantastic funny lovey dovey photos of our group. It looks incredible and the profs got a huge kick out of it. Our love for them is endless!!
Two nights ago we had our “Farewell” BBQ at Daniela’s home - which I believe we’ve now dubbed “See you later!” BBQ. I don’t say good-bye because I’m positive in the fact that I’ll see you again or at least keep in touch. Our BBQ was a blast… Jenna and I made sure wine didn’t go to waste, we played tunnel tag, human knot, and danced like crazy on the back patio. I even played a riveting game of bocce! Thank you Daniela for having a real bocce court. What a riot! Lots of chatter with friends and professors, lots of delicious food, laughing… it was a wonderful evening.
It’s time now. It’s time to say see you later, see you in Buffalo, see you in Goucher, see you in Baltimore, New Paltz, see you in NYC, see you in Italy. Say see you later… it’s good that way. Fortunately I have another month of travel, visiting with Dad in Europe, and then one last “hoorah!” in Siena as Heather and I are stopping in for a couple of days at the end of May. In that event, I am looking forward to seeing Barbara, Daniela, and Lina on last time before the final “see you later.” However i’ve been carrying a heavy feeling in my chest all day. I’m parting from the friendships I’ve had for 3 months, poeple i’ve seen day in and day out, traveled with, laughed with, cried with, partied with…studied with(?)… been attached at the hip with. Now we’re going our separate ways until it’s time for us to meet again. I’m sad to leave them and I’m sad to leave my profs. As Jeanette and I discussed today at “Mensa”, these wonderful people who run the Siena Program are genuine and unique. They are individuals and I’ll never find another person like any of them. They’re going to be across the Atlantic, and damnit, that’s just too far from me! Barbara is someone I look up to in so many ways… she has the energy and the personality that I enjoy being around. We can play and learn. Jeanettie and I love playing and learning with Barbara… we’re all kids. Daniela and I were basically like counterparts in class… she’d crack a joke on me, I’d take it and try my best to top her. Rarely did I succeed, but I loved it. I swear, no one else could do the job they do. To us they’re profs, they are friends, they’re even parental figures… I trust them completely and will miss them. Franca, Franca, Franca is an entirely other story. All I can say is that her and Barbara will be included in my Solo Show next semester. Franca is truly inspirational - one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met. On to my weakness: Lina. It’s time to say see you later to Lina. She reintroduced “family” into my life. She’s my gram. I love Lina.
I want one last cioccolate caldo and a wander in the Cathedral. Heather and I eat dinner with Lina one last time tonight and tomorrow morning we leave for Milano.
What a time.
It’s foolish not to study abroad in Siena.
The SUNY Siena Program 50th year anniversary is in 2011. I am so there!