Well, well, well, Italians do know of the existence of baseball after all. After returning from the Musei Capitolini to my apartment for the evening, I spent the night tuning my portable radio all over the Roman dial to try to catch a game, any game (didn't someone's grandfather listen to baseball like this long ago?). In between the latest Italian pop hits (which I suspected were in fact the latest American hits, which I also have not kept tabs on for many years) I heard a male Italian DJ say in his best halting phonics, "Cleeve-ahh-lund In-dee-uns." So good luck to the Tribe against the Orioles I guess, and that's about the last I ever heard of baseball on the radio in Italy. Not that it was the last I tried.

We also began planning for our first major field trip of the quarter -- a trip to the north, including Venice, beginning next Monday.

We all will take the same bus on the way up, but on the way back the plan is to take the train -- and we are not required to come back as a group if there are other sites or cities we wish to visit on our own before returning to Rome. All we have to do is let Layne know in writing beforehand what our plans are so that there's no mixup later. I chose the "train back to Rome" option, since at this point a bazillion new and beautiful things to see would be about the same whether in Rome or some other out-of-the-way place.

Another morning, another drawing class -- this time, the morning of October 9 at Villa Giulia, which was close enough to most of our apartments that we could walk or take the bus if we felt brave enough to briefly use that form of transportation despite the pickpockets.

Built in the mid-16th century as a country getaway for Pope Juilius III, it is today a museum of Etruscan relics, many of which were taken from sites we visited last week at Tarquinia and Cerveteri.

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