Yumi’s Adventures in Italy!

Happy New Year 2017!!!!!

My first blog entry in 2017 is my trip in Italy.  I studied abroad in Italy to improve my painting skills last December and had amazing time with my painting teacher, Patrizia, her family and my classmates. So, I want to write about my adventures in Italy today.

It was totally big adventure for me because I don’t understand Italian conversations at all. Even so, to use body languages, electric dictionary on a cellphone, I enjoyed hanging out with Italian people.  I met lots of nice people and made friends with them.

 

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Italian food in Italy was just amazing! I was in love with Italian coffee, sweets, gelato, pasta, pizza and everything. When I got in Italy, Patrizia and her family invited me to a pizza restaurant. I am so used to being Americanized and ate a piece of pizza with my hand. Oops………. I figured out that none of Italian people were eating pizza with their hands. They use silver wares and cut pizza with a knife and eat it with a folk. They also don’t add Tabasco either!!!! I realized that Italian food in Japan is not real Italian food at all soon.

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Since Italy has long history, they have lots of old buildings everywhere. They remake old churches to a restaurant or bar (bar is a coffee shop).

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Patrizia and her husband took me to some restaurants and all food looked art to me. In every class Patrizia, my classmates and I went to an Italian restaurant to eat lunch too. I really enjoyed all food there!

 

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I stayed at Patrizia’s painting studio alone and sometimes went out to get some food for dinner at the closest supermarket. A cashier memorized my face and we made friends. She asked me if I was Chinese in Italian. Since I didn’t understand her conversation, I could catch up with similar sounds words as English. It was fun to communicate with Italian people in my really poor Italian.

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I was there before Christmas, I saw lots of beautiful Christmas decorations everywhere.

 

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After class, one day Patrizia’s daughter, Francesca and her boyfriend took me to a Christmas shop and an amazing gelato shop.

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On other days, Patrizia and her husband, Daniele took me to a downtown in Brescia city. Brescia is a very old city to have lots of cathedrals. I loved going there to see really fancy art! Patrizia and Daniele bought me some candles to pray there and brothers as well.

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They also took me a very old castle. We have lots of castle in Japan too, but our castles are totally different. Even so, they are always built in the highest place in a town to look down and to avoid being attacked by enemies. This part is common.

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This castle is built in center of the city.

 

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We walked around a downtown of Brescia city twice.  Patrizia and Daniele took me to a palace from the Roman era. It was really fascinating! I thought about Japanese history then. We both have long history, but Italian ancient people were much advanced in education.

The palace was destroyed and sunk because of flood. For a long time it was not discovered.

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The white part was original, and the brown part was rebuilt later.

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The last picture is a miniature model of the original castle.

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I enjoyed walked around the downtown of the very old Brescia city with Patrizia and Daniele.

We saw lots of old buildings like a major house.

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EU flag, Italian flag and Brescia city flag.

 

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Japanese restaurant! I am curious how different between Italian Japanese food and American Japanese food are…….

 

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I learned a lot from Patrizia, not only painting but also lots of other important things for our lives.  After I returned to Japan, I started cleaning up my really messy painting studio. After finishing it, I want to practice what I learned from her.  You will see what I learned from her when you see my pieces this year!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope I can post more blog entries this year than last year.

 

-Yumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Responses to “Yumi’s Adventures in Italy!”

  1. I know you had a wonderful time! Sounds like such a great trip.

  2. Hi Yumi,
    Thanks for sharing your adventures in Italy!! I’m sure you learned a lot of great painting ideas and will be looking forward to seeing them as the year progresses.

    • Hi, Emilie!

      Thank you for visiting my blog as always! Yes, it was amazing experience, and I learned a lot. I need lots of practice to master her new technique, but I am enjoying it!

  3. Wow very nice trip and story!

  4. Wow! Yumi,you finally went to Italy!!!!
    I’m sure you were enjoying your trip.
    I wanted to come with you if I was in Germany. Let’s talk about Europe next time.

    • Hi, Akiko-san!

      Happy New Year! Thank you for the comment. Yes, I finally made it! I wanted to go to Germany with you as well. Yes, we should talk about Europe when we hang out! I look forward to it!

  5. Linda Zollinger Says:

    Patrizia is such an amazing artist and teacher.We have been blessed to study with her. I have been to Venice, Italy and the chapels and old Master’s art brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing so much Yumi. Love and Hugs my friend.

    • Hi, Linda!

      Happy New Year to you and your family! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!! I totally agree, Patrizia is just amazing, and I appreciate my luck!!! Take care, Linda! Mush love and kisses!

  6. Yumiko-san, Happy New Year! Wao, you now made it to Europe…conquring all over the world to study! Looking forward to seeing your new workpiece with the technique you’ve learnded in Italy!

    • Hi, Yukari-san

      Happy New Year to you too! Thank you for the wishes and visiting my blog this year as well.

      You will see what I learned in Italy in my pieces a lot from now on!

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