February 19, 2008

Internet is so-so

Filed under: Italy — laurenwenker @ 7:51 pm

Don’t panic! The Internet in our hotel was down from Thursday night until this morning! We have limited access and get on when we can! It will probably be this way for a while…. definitely when we move out into town. So, just leave us a message on our Skype voicemail and we will call you back.

Our Valentine’s dinner was fantastic. We went to a restaurant called the Arbustum House. They cook with organic food and serve home-made wine. There was so much food that my stomach ached. We had 8 courses….and the course sizes were no joke. All of them could have been an entree by themselves. Eggplant in oliveoil is huge here in Italy. That was one of our favorite things that night. After course 5 we thought the dessert would be coming out soon, but they brought 3 more! The Italians feed you a ton of food!!!!!

Friday we began our search for housing. We looked at several areas surrounding the base and were sad to find nothing that we liked.

Saturday we were set up with an agent, Luisa, who was extremely helpful. She took us all around the Amalfi coast towns to look at beautiful houses. Josh and I saw so many that we liked. That night for dinner was our first sample of real pizza! The Italians cook a pizza like I have never experienced before. The flavors are unlike any pizza in the US. It is amazing… and I think that I could eat it everyday!

Sunday was a day of exploring for us. Josh and I explored Pompeii. Pompeii/Vesuvius is about a 40 minute drive from where we are staying on base. When we first got there we ate at a yummy pizzeria in town. Next we went to explore the old ruins. It was very beautiful. The old columns and buildings set a tone for old Italy. I was on board for the first 2 hours of walking around, but I hit my limit for the third hour. Josh took MANY pictures….and it was freezing out that day. The wind was whipping so hard. Here are a few of the pics:




Monday was an awesome day. The base was off for President’s Day, so we went out with Luisa again. We saw more houses in the area that we liked…. and we decided to put a hold on a nice villa in a town called Lago Patria. I will post pictures later. We have a long process of paperwork ahead of us to get our place. It has to pass the Navy/US inspections and we have to wait for our Italian social security numbers to come through the system. We are excited to get going so that Rosco can come home to his mom!!!! (and dad :)) The process should take about 3 weeks if everything goes smoothly.

Oh…..we also had pizza again 🙂 at a pizzeria in the historical town of Pozzouli. Yum!

So….. this is good news! Especially for our first house guest, Heather BZ, who is coming at the end of next month. We can offer her a room in our villa 🙂 We will be able to host visitors soon, so sign up for you trip!!!



  1. Sounds like a great start!

    Comment by Marty — February 23, 2008 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  2. Can’t wait to try the pizza. Love the blog.

    Comment by PawPaw — February 23, 2008 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  3. Hi, just looked at your blog, my computer crashed and pp had to totally rebuild it.
    He is having trouble getting his Skype to work. Have checked everything but so far no success. Your villa looks lovely and pizza sounds like what we love.
    love, mm & pp

    Comment by MawMaw & PawPaw — February 23, 2008 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

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