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Back From Vacation

Posted on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 by Mike Manchester

The fall 2010 semester is about to begin.    For me, this is one of the most exciting moments of the year.   We’ve done all the preparation work and now it’s time to put ourselves to the test.  The same goes for the students who arrive in just a couple of days.  Once they’re here, there’s no turning back.   Luckily we’ll all be here for each other when the going gets tough.

This semester we’ll have students from all over the U.S.  We’d like to welcome all new students and in particular, our first student from Portland State University who’ll be coming through IPSL (www.ipsl.org).  We have a few new activities for our orientation this year that will hopefully put our students in contacts with the city of Siena faster and on a more personal level (more to come on this after we do the activities).

It’s going to take a lot of work, but before we know it we will have made it through another life-changing semester together.   Ready… breathe deep… and here we go!


P.S. The pictures for this installment are of all of us here at SIS enjoying ourselves on vacation.

Marianna fishing for salmon in Alaska

Roni, Monsie, and Arianna on the Oregon coast

Mike tasting glacial ice in Alaska (btw.. don't do this! Apparently glacial ice can be host to 1000-year-old bacteria.)

Lavinia, Prof. Jim Grant (Lewis and Clark), and Antonio at the Columbia River Gorge

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  1. September 3rd, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Marie said

    Mi Mancate! I miss you guys!! Have a great new semester!

  2. September 3rd, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Nate said

    Well? Did you get some prehistoric version of Montezuma’s revenge or not?

  3. September 3rd, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Teddy Annear said

    It’s great to see you all again, even if only in pictures. I just watched a video the other night that took me through the streets of Siena. This and that have brought back special memories that I hope will live on. I’m hoping to be at the Palio next summer, so hope some of you will be around.
    Looks like you all enjoyed yourselves in the States.
    Blessings always,

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