1) Jewish Synagogue - loved it. It was very different from the 10,000 Catholic Churches (slight exaggeration) I have seen and it was also neat because we were able to have a question & answer session with the group leader of the Jews in Siena. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met and the discussion was very interesting. I learned a lot about Judaism. He also told us that in Jerusalem the Mormon Church has donated a lot of money to help with their church programs. He said that the Jews and Mormons have a very good relationship and he respects our religious beliefs very much. It was cool to hear. No pictures allowed inside. Sorry.
2) I got a haircut here in Siena and it was SO MUCH FUN!! I was a little nervous because of the language barrier but it ended up being so cute.
It was interesting because a woman washed my hair, two men worked on cutting my hair (hairdressers here are typically male), and the same woman styled it after the men were done. 3 people. One haircut. It also took forever - 2 hours.
The best part about the haircut was just watching the men do their job. They were singing to American music and cutting hair in a very dramatic way. They would bend down backwards to get closer to my hair and once they would cut the hair they would throw it in the air - he was being totally serious, he wasn't trying to entertain at all, he was just in the "zone". It was so entertaining. After my hair was dry he did some last minute touch ups with his scissors. I felt like a poodle being groomed - my hair was literally flying all over the room. It was hilarious.
To make the whole situation funnier, after he finished the touch ups he grabbed two blow dryers, one in each hand, (stick 'em up partner) and started blowing my hair all over the place as the other man sprayed hairspray all over my crazy hair. Talk about blowing me away with their manliness :) I loved every minute!!
My hair - It's hard to see the layers
3) Cooking Class Menu: PIZZA!! All kinds of pizza. One with corn, tuna, and grilled onions (this one was my favorite), all of the others were pretty normal pizzas. It was delicious. We also had spinach and carrot something or other. Divine. We finished off with mint chocolate flan with strawberries on the side. Buonissimo!!
Tuna, Corn, and Grilled Onion Pizza
Spinach and Carrot something
Chocolate Mint Flan with Strawberries