There’s quite a lot to recount and I’ll admit that this is partially due to the fact that I’ve fallen a bit behind on the blog updates. Before I make any more excuses, let’s just get down to business.
First on the bill are congratulations to be awarded to Lavinia, Antonella, and generally all of the staff here at SIS for the long-awaited publication of our FICCS (Full Immersion: Culture, Content, and Service) teaching method. We actually have a real book that explains our entirely unique system that we invented right here in Siena. We’ve been using it for years now and the publication of the book doesn’t change life here around the office, but it means a great deal for the program and all of our futures. Bravi tutti!
Next up would be Thanksgiving, I suppose. Last Wednesday night, Marco Laporta and I started preparations for the big dinner. By Thursday morning we had a lot already done and it’s a good thing that we started early because we cooked from 8:30 in the morning until 8:00 in the evening. There were a few moments during the day when it seemed like we weren’t going be able to finish in time. By 8:30 it was evident that the hard work was worth it and I have to say that I think that although it seems excruciatingly cliché that this Thanksgiving was probably the best that we’ve been able to organize as far as the food was concerned. Everything was there including two 15 kg (33lbs each!) turkeys. We were very grateful to the brand new bookstore that has a bar/restaurant inside (www.sicsiena.it) for providing us with the kitchen, space, and also the catering contacts in Firenze who were able to get us things like real cranberry sauce and all of the ingredients for pumpkin pie. In total, somewhere around 60 people went home with very full bellies. This is the one time of year when the Italians eat American food…. and like it!
Last but not least, Friday was a day off for the students last week. “Days off” are often the days when staff takes advantage of the students’ absence get things like “home improvement” done around the office. In anticipation for next semester, the student room got a much-needed makeover and a few couches made their way up to the Salicotto office. What was really fantastic is that a number of students stayed in Siena for the weekend to help out! Grazie mille! Everything looks great.
This week has been rather quiet so far. Things get eerily calm towards the end of the semester. I have a hunch that it might have something to do with those 10-page papers and tests to study for. Buoni studi!
The two authors with their book.
A close-up for proof that their names are really on the cover.
Long after thanksgiving dinner was over, the students were sill hanging out.
Juan Carlos (Giancarlo) getting the "hard to reach" spots.
Special thanks to Sara Ketcham, Chiara Colette, Sophia Lind, Rebekah Smith, and of course... Roni and Juan Carlos.