Monte TamaroToday Justin and I went with a group of our students and the architecture students (a small group of us) to Monte Tamaro, which is about 40 minutes away by train. We left right after lunch and rode the train. When we got to the little town where it is, north of Lugano, we rode cable cars up the mountain. The day was incredibly clear, which is perfect because it's definitely high enough to be affected by clouds. Also, since it's pretty near Lake Lugano (like Riva and our mountains), there is a lot of potential for fog. Anyway, it worked out beautifully. We could see so many snow covered mountains from the top. There was lots of space with grass and a little lower, trees. There was also a really interesting church there--not old, like I expected, but the artistic work of some famous architect around here. Some odd things: there were large areas of grass that had lots of tiny white crocuses with some purple ones too. They were so tiny and beautiful. I really liked how they were just down there in the grass, growing how they pleased. Another strange thing was that there was a little pond absolutely FULL of frogs. They just kind of sat there with their heads poking up and jumped and swam around. It isn't like it's that warm up there either--it was pretty nice up there today, but there was some snow right by the pond. I got a good picture of a frog chilling in the water with his legs spread out behind him.
Well, I got that big paper done. I stayed up late to do it, but I think I did a good job, and now I only have one medium paper left and four one-pagers. The four are due tomorrow. I also have an Italian exam tomorrow, which shouldn't be too hard.
It's fun to think that we only have about four days left. It is getting less appealing to leave now, because the weather is so nice, and the thought of leaving makes everyone enjoy each other more than ever before. I feel like I'm just getting comfortable enough to really be myself. Oh well. I'm thankful for the trip and especially for a good ending. I'm also glad to be wrapping up my schoolwork.
Well, I have stuff to write. Better go. Thanks for all the comments, everybody. AG, the weirdest thing. Do you know that just yesterday, before I got your comment, I was thinking about the word "vicariously"? Really. I love that word. Familial units, it was great to hear from you. :) Laura, glad you got your project done. ;)
Love you guys. E