How are you? What’s new?
Today I feel like writing you a letter even though I don’t feel like I have a whole lot to say. I mostly just want to tell you I miss you and I’m thinking of you.
Today Anz. Rodriguez went to the doctor in Milano and afterward we wandered around looking at the cool city. Did you know the Duomo in Milano took 400 years to build? It’s in a style called ‘flaming gothic’ because it’s supposed to make you think of flames and fire reaching and pointing up to heaven. It was a big deal at the time because everything was made from stone and making a rock look like a flame isn’t easy.
I went to a gelatteria in Milano called Cioccolatitaliani. They make really good gelato, but they are famous because they pour melted chocolate in the bottom of your cone. Right before that we went to a place called Luini’s where they sell panzerotti. Panzerotti is a little thing of fried dough filled with yummy mozzarella cheese and tomatoes and meat. Luini’s and Cioccolatitaliani are right next to each other which is really convenient.
One of my favorite things about Italy are all the stores that they call “cartoleria.” These are whole stores just for notebooks and pens. Oh I love them so much. Italians totally understand my love of good pens and notebooks. I really like moleskin notebooks which are really popular here because they are Italian. I feel just a little bit cool that I loved moleskin notebooks way before I was called to Italy. I love them so much I have three: one for journal, one for my study journal and one for writing down things I am grateful for every day. You might be surprised how often I write down I’m grateful for a good pen or my journal.
More and more lately I’ve been thinking about how important it is to always learn new things. I’m amazed how much there is to learn in the world.
Well, I love you lots Gabe. You probably think I’m mushy, but I really love you. Brotherly love is another thing I’ve been thinking about lately. God lets us choose our friends and even our wife, but brothers are just given to us. We were meant to love each other from the day we were born!
Just for fun– I looked up the Italian ice cream store http://www.cioccolatitaliani.it/?lang=en,
definitely drool-worthy. But even better are all the articles on the web site talking about how ice cream is real food and Ice cream can be a good substitute for lunch