Sunday we participated in an annual foot race/fun run with some friends along with a group from Young One's school. Needless to say, habit-wearing Italian nuns donning bright yellow baseball caps garner a bit of attention, even in this town where this particular group is rather well known.
The schools are invited to compete for participation-based awards in the form of athletic equipment for physical education programs. Our teachers like a good competition as much as any lay person, I assure you.
This year the event attracted nearly 8000 participants, from serious runners to the stroller crowd, who wandered through the historic streets of Vicenza. The school earned the fourth place award, which amounts to 250 Euro of free PE stuff . . . WooHoo! Did I mention that it was a glorious day? (Finally.)
By the way, the giant flag is from the celebration of 150 years of unification of this country; it's made of panels created by local middle and high school students. Just yesterday one of my students shared with me that he was involved in a similar project with the stars and stripes in Georgia after 9/11. Some of our days here are so entirely different than they would be in the States; and then, there are days like this, which could take place in practically any city across the USofA.