Starting Summer


Starting Summer

Monday, June 9th, 2014

As the long weekend including June 2 approached the buses finally were experiencing a sciopero (strike). This was an all day event and occurred on the Friday that I wanted to go to see Franceschina (that’s the little Francesca). I had been there once before on Friday but she was sick. So I made the trek of a bit over 2 miles on foot. Since the strike lasted all day then it was the same distance back plus with some detours for pleasure it was probably around 4.5 miles. Of course since I didn’t go to the gym that morning (due to the sciopero) then that was probably a good thing. Terrible picture of Franceschina with my phone but it will just have to do. The other one is the girl from Germany that was in the acting class with me and Claudia and she seems much older than her 19 years but certainly is cute isn’t she?

Poor picture of Franceschina - one of the best teachers ever

Poor picture of Franceschina – one of the best teachers ever

Lisa from Germany

Lisa from Germany

Later that weekend milled around in the center of town where they were having a festival to mark the start of summer. Even more than usual going on. There are often street musicians but a piano?! I’ve got to hand it to the guy and undoubtedly several strong friends who must have been there to help with with the piano. Surely brought in a van but setting up such a beast is no small feat.

Concert for kids - they seemed to know all of the words and were dancing around

Concert for kids – they seemed to know all of the words and were dancing around

Piano man near piazza Maggiore

Piano man near piazza Maggiore

As a part of the start of summer festival there was expanded dining into the main street in the center.

As a part of the start of summer festival there was expanded dining into the main street in the center.

Puppeteer

Puppeteer

Another band - not jazz this time.

Another band – not jazz this time.

Kiddie course for bicycles

Kiddie course for bicycles

Mime dancers - cute

Mime dancers – cute

A final note. Summer has indeed begun. Summers in Bologna can be pretty brutal and now we’re into the 90s on some days. Since it’s relatively humid here it can still be in the mid 60s even at 4:00 in the morning. Of course there are some advantages but I’ll save that for a later post.

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