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Scandiano Carnivale

Ciao friends!

We arrived in Italy last Friday evening and stayed in Milan overnight before driving to Scandiano on Saturday.  It was a good flight (although too much turbulence for me) and the kids were great.  They both slept almost the entire eight hours of the flight to Munich, and JW and I got some shut eye here and there.  The  two hour flight to Milan felt so short in comparison.  The European airlines give you chocolate once you are seated, which makes everything feel better anyways.  The drive to Scandiano was about two hours long.  We spent our first night in Scandiano in our new apartment and when we woke up around 9:00 on Sunday, they were setting up for Carnivale right outside of our bedroom window!

I told JW I thought I heard an announcer doing a microphone check, but he may have just thought that I had lost my mind.  We live off of one of the main Piazzas in the center of Scandiano.  It just so happens that this piazza was going to be the place where the main celebration for Carnivale in the city. A dishevelled JW ran downstairs and made it to our car just before the police were going to tow it…it was the only car left in the piazza and was surrounded with barricades. He was shouting “Sono di Chicago, soon di Chicago.  Arriviamo ieri sera!” Which means, I am from Chicago, we arrived last night!

After such a great wake up call, we couldn’t resist joining the fun!

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The kids had a great time throwing confetti, catching chocolate coins, and watching the floats and marching bands.  At one point a guy was on a crane lift throwing soccer balls and JW caught one for Vance.  It was a nice way to spend our first day and kept our minds off of the jet lag.  As our friends said when we saw them at Carnivale, “it is a party in your honor!”  Afterwards, we got gelato for dinner, which made the whole day even better. I am still finding confetti EVERYWHERE though.  That stuff is worse than sand.

Many more adventures to come.  We are thinking of everyone back home!  Ciao Ciao

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