The Como Get Together-A Success!
From Torino, Laurie, Natalie, Alberto and I headed towards Como. George Clooney and Richard Gere were no where to be found but we stumbled upon a group of Super Friendly Ex-Pats! Carol B. who lives very close to Como, found the restaurant, arranged for a table for 18, and put a fire under all us Ex-Pats to come together. Thank you Carol for all your trips to Colico and the wonderful arrangements you made.
Now for the highlights of the GTG:
This is Cynthia and her "dreamy" husband, Cyn you'll have to guess who thinks your hubby is dreamy. It won't take much guessing since there are more than one of "us". Whoops was that a hint? Behind the dreamy husband is Jackie's hubby, sorry I can't recall his name. But I do recall we looked at his baby blues and kept repeating "Are you Italian?" over and over, he reminded us of an Oregon transplant.
The "men" got a chance to speak Italian to each other when the "women" were not gossiping about Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger or Angelina Jolie.
Jennifer B. and Enrico, Deirdre's husband.
Deirdre and Sara (American Girl in Italy). Sara made some "treats" for everyone, crafty one that she is, cute little Halloween cards and ghost lollipops.
Nat on the right in black, behind her, Davide, Jennifer B.'s husband. At the very end of the table on the right side was Franco, Sara's hubby.
The Ladies #1, Jennifer B. (awesome purse), Jackie, Deirdre, Nat, Laurie, Sara, Carol, Me, Cynthia and Lori.(Who knew there was caving to do in Italy, Jackie and her hubby are cavers. The came from Le Marche, what a haul.)
Jackie is holding one of Sara's cards and Cyn is holding "American" magazines.
Ladies #4The lunch was a real success. It was amazing to see so many Americans and English speakers in one spot, as many people live in small towns where there aren't many other Americans. I was great to hear American idioms, jokes, and wise cracks. We talked for hours. The last people to arrive "us", sat down at 1:30 and we did not leave the restaurant until 5:30 or so. The afternoon passed by so quickly. Before heading back home, we made a pit stop at a chocolate factory, arranged by Carol B., to stock up on snacks for the drive home. I had a nice time and can't wait for the next one. (Photo credits to Enrico for doing an awesome job with my camera.)