La Festa Della Repubblica
Ciao a tutti! Today is the Festa Della Repubblica here in Italy. After World War II, the Italian people were faced with a choice: To vote to keep a monarchy, or to vote for a republic. I think that given the name of the holiday, the outcome of that vote is obvious.
Before I get to what’s happening currently here at SIS, I’ll sum up what has already happened since last I wrote. First of all, here are two pictures of our groups that just left. Best of luck to all of you in whatever you do! You are all missed, but I’m sure that you’ll come back and visit us. You’re always welcome!
Right after our Spring semester ended there was no time to rest. Our first Intercultural Horizons conference was just 5 days after the end of the semester. I’m happy to report that everything exceeded our own high expectations. People came from all over the world to speak, the atmosphere was relaxed but interactive and stimulating, and we, as a staff, came away from the experience with a true feeling of success and accomplishment. We look forward to organizing the second edition of the Intercultural Horizons conference in 2013. It’s hard to believe, but it’s actually right around the corner.
After some well-deserved rest, we welcomed our first summer students last week. Some of them will be here for a full two months and others for just one. Soon we will be welcoming our six-week students. I will admit that it is a challenge to keep track of everyone during our complicated summer schedule. The students on the other hand, are already in sync with the local rhythms. Yesterday evening, we took a moment to relax at the hot springs (Terme di San Giovanni). Our dip in the pool had the fortunate timing to come to an end just before it started to rain.
Buona Festa Della Repubblica!