I made spaghetti al tonno and it was yummy; it looks like this:
This is the video from the chef who taught me how to make it:
And here I am eating it up:
This weekend marked the end of Carnevale celebrations in Perugia. For much of February there have been parties and parades, and it seems that each district, school, and club in Perugia had their own celebration. As with other festivals, like Epiphany, Perugia has its local traditions when it comes to Carnevale. People dress up, especially kids, but costumes are not elaborate (like in Venice) and there is a certain pride associated with the do-it-yourself look. In keeping with Umbria’s rustic image, the traditional Perugian ‘mask’ of Carnevale is Il Bartoccio, an old farmer from the Tiber River valley. Il Bartoccio appears in Umbrian literature as early as the 1600′s. He is “rozzo, ma sagace, gioviale e saggio” (“uncouth, but shrewd, jovial and wise”).
Il Bartoccio is credited with the first satirical attacks against the ruling classes. In the 1700′s his character was banned by the Vatican (Perugians were always at odds with the Papacy) but he was brought back after the Risorgimento (unification of Italy) in the 1860′s. Today he is considered a symbol of Perugia.
On Saturday, we had our chance to parade with Il Bartoccio as Jakob’s class celebrated Carnevale on the Via dei Priori.
I would just like to start by saying that Italians are crazy. At my last practice on Thursday it was raining a little but about halfway through the practice it started to hail. I mean like chunks of ice were hitting us on the head. As soon as it started everyone ran to shelter in the locker rooms… for about 30 seconds and then they went out again. I should also mention that there was lightning and thunder going on the whole time. Like I said Italians are crazy. Anyway the hail stopped after a while and we continued playing (I shouldn’t say playing exactly, some kids were just throwing snowballs). We got a picture with the janitor Michèl (I’m second from the left). If you want to see more pictures follow the link to the Don Bosco website.
I’ve been away for the last three matches, and having lacked the local newspaper, can’t give much detail about Castel Rigone’s recent struggles. With two losses and one draw, the team has slid down the table into the playout zone in 10th place.
Defensively, Castel Rigone has continued to have difficulty with crosses into the area (guilty of ball-watching and not minding the opposition’s runners). Offensively, they missed two penalties (a woeful team conversion rate of 42% for the season) which would have earned them three more points than they currently have. The team has given up an inordinate number of goals in the first 30 minutes of the game, as the Giornale dell’Umbria has recently described. Also, in each of the last two games, they’ve been reduced to 10 men after red cards, impeding their ability to mount a comeback. Finally, without the outstanding play of their keeper, Franzese, the margin of their last match might have been well worse.
Last evening Simon and Jakob had their Spring 2014 recital at the Scuola Musica of La Banda degli Unisoni. They’ve been working hard all year, and while they need to work on smiling and engaging the audience, they enjoyed the experience.
Simon on saxophone and piano; Jakob on piano.
I’ve just returned from a lecture tour of the U.K., giving a talk and seeing friends and colleagues in Liverpool, Bristol, and the Cambridge area. During our previous sabbatical we loved living in Yorkshire (even if it was a bit cold, dark, and rainy), so it was nice to return.
The arrival happened at the tail end of a miserable few weeks of weather for the U.K., with record winds and rain and railways eroding into the sea, so a bumpy landing on our direct flight from Perugia to Stansted was not unexpected.
A string of three posts, begun with Liverpool, will largely feature pictures, especially of sights and venues that might be interesting to those wishing to visit. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring the whole family to visit soon.
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