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Volunteers for Peace Workcamp, Sept. 26th- Oct. 8th
Our first group photo, in the spot where Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa.
We took a tour around Lake Como before the camp. Here is Lecco, on a lovely morning
The town center of Lecco
Enjoying the Italian sunshine
Visiting Varenna's monastery
The grand hall of Varenna's monastery
A view of the gardens of Varenna's monastery
A medieval monastery bathroom!
July from Czech and me on the monastery's staircase
The back gardens
Laura from Italy and Aless from Slovakia in the gardens
July from Czech and Laura from Germany in Varenna
We visited Bellagio...
And had lunch at Punto Gusto...
Then crashed a wedding!
And now, off to real work. The workcamp begins!
The Fiera di Osnago convention center in Monza, Italy- future home of the Immagimundo festival.
The van we drove in as one big happy workcamp family
September 29th, Day 1: The convention center is a mess. We had 4 days to make it ready for the festival.
Laura of Italy, Elena of Spain, and Dafne from Italy hold up the festival's promo poster
Laura of Germany, July of Czech, and Laura of Italy make signs for the festival...
Which was excruiatingly boring work.
Sang-Ki of Korea, Ivan of Slovakia, and Aless of Russia start work
Taking a break and playing on the Fiera's playground. We broke it 4 days later. :)
October 3rd: The fair begins. July, Laura, and me in our dorky T-shirts.
The internet cafe at the fair!
July and Laura play hooky from work to send email.
Ivan of Slovakia tending bar at the fair.
The Japan Culture booth makes a souvenir for my Matt!!
July, working hard in our cafeteria location.
We attended the fair's concert, featuring African drummers.
The drummers gettin' jiggy wit' it.
Me with the 2 Russian men who are in the Guinness Book for most miles hitchhiked. Those are official hitchhiker uniforms!
Saturday night, October 4th: it rained so hard the festival's roof caved in. This is the cafeteria flooding...
So instead of helping, I grab my camera...
After work on Tuesday, September 30th, we all took an evening trip to Milan, 1 hour by train from our monastery.
But we jumped the turnstiles in Milan and got caught by the cops. We commiserate inside Milan's Duomo after paying 100 Euro...
July and Laura pose outside the Duomo
Inside Milan's beautiful shopping arcade
More shopping arcade
Me, July, Laura, and Ivan do our little turn on the catwalk (we're too sexy for Milan)
Shoppin' in Milan
The whole group poses outside
And in front of Milan's castle
Elena, Dafne, and Laura enjoy a beer before we board the last train...
Which we missed. Laura, Dafne, and Sang-Ki contemplate sleeping in the train station (we finally got home at 2am)
The monastery in Monza where all 10 of us lived, in 1 room.
Another monastery shot
Laura of Italy, Laura of Germany, July of Czech, and Dafne of Italy pose outside
Enjoying the sunshine on the patio
The gardens, with our garbage-eating goat
The dining hall where we ate all our meals
Our bedroom (my bunk is in the foreground)
Sang-Ki makes himself at home
July at home!
Laura, reading and drying laundry
Dafne shows off her panties...
And Ivan finally gets his chance!
Sang-Ki, July, and Ivan
July and I pose for the self-timer
Laura outside with the resident cat
Laura, our amazing Italian cook in the monastery's kitchen
Laura prepares her wonderful tiramisu
The night I cooked!
How you pass the time in a monastery
Another popular way...
Ivan proves that Slovaks do make the best beer drinkers.
We sneak away to the public library to access the internet
October 7th: Our final night together. Us with all our awards!
Dafne with the infamous stolen Chupa-Chups
Laura, Dafne, and Elena pose with Chupa-Chups
Ivan and Laura celebrate with a vat of sangria
July, Laura, and I enjoy the festivities
Me with Crazy Andrea, a local Italian volunteer
Laura, Dafne, and Elena
Dafne with Handsome Michele and Alberto, Immagimundo directors
One final group photo :)
Laura, Laura, and Aless