Hai dormito bene? Io no.
My wife had to go in for a minor operation at some absurd hour this morning (don’t surgeons sleep?)
So Roomie and I kept each other company for what felt like the longest night of my life. I swear I was awake at every number of the clock from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., and only slept properly for the final hour, until the alarm woke us at seven.
First she did that sort of animal thing, like cats do, using her claws on anything reachable, while fast asleep herself, mind. Perhaps it’s instinctive behaviour, to create a safe space for the night, I don’t know. It wasn’t so safe at my end of the claws.
Then there was the full routine of tossing and turning in search of just the right position. At one point she ended up standing on her head in bed, or nearly, and certainly tried out every other option, many of them involving climbing onto or over me, repeatedly.
Next I was treated to half an hour of explosive farting, perhaps a consequence of the vegetable soup I’d fed her for dinner hours before. That didn’t wake HER up.
Between two and three in the morning we coughed. Actually, mostly she coughed, while I lay awake and worried. OMG! What if Stefi wakes up from her anesthetic to find her beloved pet at death’s door? It’ll be all my fault, for not getting out of bed to find the cough syrup…
But then, at the coldest point of the night, which seems to come at around four or five a.m., things calmed down, the cough stopped, covers stayed on. I could asleep, at last!
Until the alarm went off on my phone, signalling a new set of solo challenges: breakfast, ablutions, dressing, a crowded bus ride into town, and finally handing her over to the professionals, for the next seven hours or so.
So here I am, at our Italian school, sitting in my wife’s seat at the reception desk. Utterly knackered.
Lessons have started, there’s happy chat and laughter seeping under classroom doors to either side of me, so nothing much to do.
I’ll give this article a quick proofreading once-over, then head down the street to the bar, for lots of strong coffee!
Over the last couple of months we’ve been publishing ‘easy reader’ ebooks based on famous Italian operas.
The first was a simplified text + audio version of Nabucco, one of composer Verdi’s most famous operas. Next we did Puccini’s romantic classic, Turandot, then another Puccini weepy, La Bohème. This week we’re back to Verdi, and his Rigoletto.
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Court jester to a sex-addicted aristocrat, Rigoletto earns a nice living mocking the courtiers whose wives his boss seduces, safe in the knowledge that the Duke he amuses will protect him. But then his many enemies learn that Rigoletto has a secret…
Begin with the ‘easy reader’ ebook before, perhaps, seeking out a recording of the opera on Youtube. Our material is written to help learners understand and enjoy the Verdi’s production, in the original Italian! Or just use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.
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