Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Nothing extraordinary for Valentine's Day. I suppose it was appropriate that we went to the City Hall in Putignano to find out about the requirements for getting married. Not as easy as it looks, especially considering that I'm a foreigner, we want to get married in a Catholic Church and we live in China. We didn't hear what we wanted to hear and, after explaining the situation to Angela's parents, Vito went to church with us in the evening to strong-arm the priest, which achieved the desired results without injuring anyone. We have to return here next Carnevale and sign the necessary documents. I also have to go to the American Embassy in Rome and work out some permissions there. Cross your fingers...

Otherwise, we're headed home tomorrow. Actually, we're heading to Rome tomorrow, where we will spend another night. Our flight for Beijing, which has an eight-hour layover in Vienna, leaves the next morning at 10:30 AM. It's supposedly snowing in both places, according to internet weather sources, which sounds nice. Talk to you next time from Beijing...

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