Italy Day 6

Journal Entry from June 8, 2010

Today has been really good. During worship this morning we sang my favorite song, Hosanna. That’s a great way to start the day! After worship we began our journey for street ministry. I feel that I am becoming quite the pro with the Metro. It’s really fun. when we got to our street, Christy, Lauren, and I headed to Cliche. Today was different though. I talked to Valleria. This was the first time we have made real conversation. I asked her how she was (Come Stai) and she said good (Bene). She then tried to ask me something else but I was not able to understand her. May not seem like a lot, but it’s progress. Since I didn’t know anymore Italian, and Valleria didn’t know any English, we left and continued with walking our street. We went into several stores and also returned to our coffee shop! Today we had Ice Cappuccino’s. The guy from yesterday recognized us, just as Valleria did, and he talked to us for a while. We exchanged facebook pages. Afterwards I went to this earthy store that I stopped by yesterday.  The lady’s name is Myliam (my-lee-muh). I talked to her for about 5 minutes. She spoke a lot of English and I really enjoyed talking to her. She was really sweet. Before I left, she gave me an adorable blue, seed bead, lizard key chain as a present.

Right now I am sitting at Crianon (a pizza place). I am going to have the original pizza- Margharita pizza!!! I can’t wait. So, I ate every bit of my pizza. It was amazing! This pizza is way better than ours at home. They had some interesting pizza’s. Two that stick out in my mind are the buffalo pizza Bryan had and the American pizza Valerie had. The American pizza had wienies and french fries on it. I thought that was interesting. After lunch, we ran into some Marines. They were Syrian and from Lebanon. All of us got pictures with them.

Today was a great day, but I just had to sit down and cry tonight. I learned more about culture today while talking with Fe. The way they see things- women and sex- just really hit me hard. Don’t get me wrong, he seems to be very respectful to women, but their culture views things so much differently than we do. Talking with Fe was a real eye- opener.

If you want to hear some of the experiences from the trip check out the baptist and reflector. Mrs. Connie went with us on the trip and wrote a great article on the trip. It includes many quotes an experiences from people on the trip. Go here.55

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