Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Zafferana Festival

We went to a festival last weekend in the town of Zafferana, which is located way up in the mountains. It was pretty dreary and cloudy all day, but we still had lots of fun!

There were lots of sweet Sicilian treats.

These guys made me a yummy banana Nutella crepe. YUM!!!!


Fun with cheese!

Making honey.

Funghi (mushroom in Italian. Mmm... (blech!))
There were a lot of local artists showing off their craft. This guy made the most intricate wood carvings. Very cool!

This guy is hammering a mushroom statue out of lava rock.

Token's always the willing model.

He also tried the local food... here he is ordering a... wait for it... HORSEMEAT sandwich. Poor Mr. Ed. :(

Yeah, he feels no remorse.

Friday, October 24, 2008

We went to an ancient Roman villa a few weekends ago. The floors were all mosaics. It was pretty interesting, but we arrived the same time a tour bus of senior citizens arrived, so it was a bit slow going for awhile. Hehe! The drive to get there was about two hours, because our GPS somehow changed from the "faster route" option to the "scenic route" option. We were in the middle of nowhere for awhile!

Here are some pictures.

I am *so* impressed. ;)

Token is *such* a good tour guide. Here he is explaining the variety of the stones used in the mosaic floor. Teeheee! :p (I love you, Token!)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Italian Washing 101

We finally got our washing machine working, and, well, it's confusing. You'd think washing machines would be similar country to country, right? Nope. Let me show you what we had to deal with.

Some are pretty self-explanatory... like 'normale,' I can figure that one out. But Risciacqui? Help???

I pulled out our handy dandy Italian-English dictionary and got to work translating the washing machine. :p
Now you all know that Risciacqui means 'to rinse'! Don't ya feel smart?

Yeah, I sure felt smart sitting in front of the washer with a dictionary in hand, deciphering the words. High up there on the smart meter.

But hey, it works!

Oh, and FYI, Italian washing machines are TEENY!!!! What's up with Italians and their tiny things? Their cars, their showers, their washers. Doesn't make sense to me - they aren't any smaller than Americans! We did laundry ALL DAY on Saturday and Sunday. I think we estimated 11 loads in all. There was ONE load of socks and, err.... undergarments, because that's all that would fit!!! So, when you come to visit, you're doing your own stinkin' laundry. :p