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July 29, 2009

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Posts by Natalie Flemming

San Crescentino: Urbino’s Patron Saint

Legend says the rain stops falling, the clouds clear and the sun comes out when San Crescentino’s image is carried outside the Duomo in Urbino. On the first day of June Urbino’s patron saint is celebrated with a special mass, procession and feast. However, this year the rain did not cease. Participants were unable to [...]

July 29th, 2009 | | No Comments »

Beauty is Italy

Defining Italy brings to mind many words: faith, love, beauty, art, history, death. But if I had to chose one, I’d pick beauty. Each town I’ve visited in Italy inspires me in a different way; Rome, history and intrigue. Florence, art and contemplation. Capri, beauty and mysticism. Pompeii, archeology and death. Anacapri, creation and awe. [...]

July 24th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Urbino’s Patron Saint

Legend says the rain stops falling, the clouds clear and the sun comes out when San Crescentino’s image is carried outside the Duomo in Urbino. On the first day of June Urbino’s patron saint is celebrated with a special mass, procession and feast. However, this year the rain did not cease. Participants were unable to [...]

July 24th, 2009 | | No Comments »

Walk of Faith

Uphill, one mile.  Heels, three inches.
Where do you think we are? If you answered, “Procession for Madonna” you are right. On Saturday evening, I joined two of my group mates and our interpreter, Luca and walked through my first procession.
I was worried we had come all this way for nothing. The droplets gathered on the [...]

July 23rd, 2009 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Competitive Camaraderie

When I began this program, I felt competitive. I would think, “I want the best story, the best pictures, and overall I want to stand out as a top journalist here.” I kept my story idea private in fear someone would recognize the great idea and capture it before I could start. After a couple days, [...]

July 23rd, 2009 | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Sick in, not of, Italy

When I’m sick, I want to be home under cover, with my dog, Zeppe, sleeping by my side. I haven’t been sick in two years. Two whole years of intensive grad school, and I’ve remained well; that is until the second week here in Urbino.
My throat started feeling scratchy and my voice was slowly [...]

July 16th, 2009 | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

NATIVE MISTAKE

“Excuse me, dove…dove…St. Peter’s Basilica?” With imploring faces, the American family, fanny packs and all, was asking me for directions! This was the highlight moment of my first trip to Roma. By week two, I had on my new Italian skirt, earrings, shirt, sunglasses and Old Navy flip-flops. As I gave them directions, I was [...]

July 16th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Past, Present and Future Converge

Outside the Duomo, or Cathedral, I saw one of Urbino’s dogs patiently waiting for its owner. As I passed the faithful companion and entered the church, I was struck by the pure grandeur of the building. The elegance of this massive holy place is astounding. At its highest point, the ceiling reaches 50 meters, or [...]

July 8th, 2009 | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

The Mystery and Excitement of the Unknown

Vacation time in Italy and I was invited to set sail with the Italian family who had hired me for the summer to teach English to their eight-year-old daughter. We were to sail on the Mediterranean off the coast of Croatia for one week, and spend the second week on the island of Viz. Having [...]

July 8th, 2009 | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »
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