The other night I was invited by Nicholas to see a classical piano concert at a private sculpture garden. We actually ride on the horses through the sculpture garden on some of the treks, but I never realized that the place was a venue. During the day, it is an incredibly beautiful place with hanging beds, lovely flowers, and abstract sculptures made of everything you can imagine. At night, it is even more dreamy, as the owners set candles along the walking paths and by the sculptures to illuminate them. The piano concerto was phenomenal and the whole audience was completely focused on the pianists. It was very small and intimate, which made me feel as though the pianists were playing directly for me in my living room.
River, the new girl who is volunteering at Rendola, also attended the concert with me. After the pianists were done, we stuck around for the buffet and made friends with one of the pianists, who’s name was Manuel Malandrini. We had fun commenting on how well the watermelon contrasted with his shirt and preceded to take pictures of our watermelon smiles. He was quite a handsome pianist.
As I previously said, I was sad to see Kara leave, but River and I have been hitting it off great! She is a 20-year-old from Utah. I make jokes about her name all the time like “The River flowed from Utah,” or “Does the river flow upstream?” when we’re riding up a hill. It is quite obnoxious on my part, but she has a great sense of humor, so it is fun. She is a wonderful girl with a spunky, strong personality. Before she got to Rendola, she was traveling around Europe by herself for 2 months. Props to her, as I would never be able to do that! We have had many laughs, walks in the rain, and other adventures, and it has only been 2 weeks!
One of our favorite adventures was going to see Parco d’Arte Bum-Bum-Ga. In my previous post about the Straw Theater, I featured a video of a saxophonist and a guitarist who performed. Carmelo Librizzi, the hilarious dancing saxophonist in the video, is the founder of Parco d’Arte Bum-Bum-Ga and has all of his sculptures he created displayed at the park.
Carmelo is one of the kindest and happiest people I have ever met. We saw him at the piano concert that we attended and he ran up to River and I with his arms stretched out saying, “I love you, I love you!” (this being the extent of his English). He then invited us to visit his park, made us some matching scarf necklaces, and gave us a private tour explaining each sculpture as best he could with the language barrier.
The next day I woke up hearing Carmelo outside of my window saying “I love you! I love you!” He came all the way up to the farm on his Beatles themed scooter to give River and I a book of his artwork. It was the best way to wake up in the morning! Here is more information about Bum-Bum-Ga. Carmelo is a man I will never forget and if you ever visit Italy, it is definitely worth meeting him. Meeting people like him are the exact reason why people get addicted to traveling. Whether or not you stay in contact with the people you meet while traveling, they always influence your life, give you inspiration, and leave an imprint on your heart.