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New Talents in the Kitchen – Backpack Italy and Greece

New Talents in the Kitchen - Backpack Italy and Greece

We last left you in Rome, and since have had the chance to experience more of the Italian countryside and the town of Perugia in the Umbria region of central Italy. On our very first day here, we visited a chocolate factory where Emma stuffed herself with all the different types of candies made there.  We learned all about how chocolate is made and Jake W decided that he might pursue a career as a chocolatier after seeing the school housed in the factory.  We even have hopes he’ll receive a partial scholarship due to his enthusiasm for the craft. The following day we took a cooking class where we learned how to make a delicious traditional Italian lunch, followed by a tiramisu which tasted as good as it did because of the love Hailey and Pam put into it when making it.  The boys definitely developed a new appreciation for their Mother’s after taking part in the 4-hour long cooking process. Thanks Moms! We spent our evening in beautiful Spoleto where we enjoyed a great dinner and the many street performances that filled the cobblestone roads. Our final day in the Umbria region was spent on a bike ride through the Italian countryside where Emily and Julia were not shy about trying out the Italian they had learned on the locals we came across.  We especially needed their Italian skills when asking for directions through the towns.  It turns out that most, if not all, roads would lead us back to Rome (which was the opposite direction of our destination!) All in all, we biked over 20km around a beautiful lake before hopping back on the train and riding the rails back to Perugia.  Hailey loved the nighttime atmosphere in the central Piazza and wished we could have spent a few more nights among the local crowds.  That night we were lucky enough to see our host country play in the championship of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. We watched the game in the streets of Perugia with the townsfolk, but despite Emily wearing her lucky Italia hat, Italy fell to a strong Spanish team 4-0.   This did not stop Ben from walking through the streets waving his Italian flag and cheering for the home team.  In his words “if I can’t return it, I’m going to get my Euros worth and wave it!”


We left Perugia and took the train to Anconna where we boarded our ferry to Greece.  Ben led the group directly to the “Lido” deck where Ilana and Carly bathed in the Mediterranean sun and Jake and Cody took advantage of the hopping onboard Discoteca.  After enjoying dinner on the ship, the group played a game of Trivia in one of the lounges. Jenny showed her knowledge of Greek mythology while Cody dominated the round dedicated to Movie trivia.  We then went back up to the “Lido” deck to catch the view of the stars and full moon high above the sea.  We awoke the next morning in Ignomenitsa, Greece and can’t wait to explore this beautiful country!  Bring on the Tzatziki!


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