A rather special day/one day a bit special!

Today was a day … un po’ particolare … there is no other way to say it. It was, in fact, a very special day. We met at 9.30 as usual at Dante Alighieri – Angela, Brigitte, Nat, Emm, Pingh, Ringo and I and set off for the Poggi Museum which is in via Zamboni and is part of Bologna University. We stopped first at Santo Stefano – the 7 churches – I have written about them before – they are so beautiful. We explored and photograhed and then continued our journey. I was blown away by the archeological museum, but Poggi is absolutely amazing! It is so old world and interesting. I never knew that Ulisse Aldrovandi is considered the Father of Modern Natural History, and that Luigi Galvani discovered that brains of animals send electrical impulses to the muscles. This is powerful stuff. There was an exhibition in Joburg last year, Body Worlds, which showed what happens under the skin of the human body – well it all started in Bologna – and there are the original models made from bees wax here in Poggi Then there are models of babies in utero which show all the complications that can arise in birth, there are huge models of ships … And much more. I have never seen anything like it – thank you, thank you, all my companions, and Bologna for a wonderful morning.

Brigette and I then had some lunch and went to Dante Aligheri to meet Lucia Gaudenzi, the President of Dante, Bologna. She is lovely. I was awarded my bursary and we then explored the city together – the oldest porticoes, the wonderful shops – there aren’t many supermarkets in this area, but instead shops that specialise in various things … I just love it. Thank you all for a truly special day! Good night until tomorrow …

Today it was a day a bit particular, what else can I say ... it was in fact a very special day. We met as usual at 9.30 to Dante Alighieri – Angela, Bridgette, Nat, er, Pingh, Ringo and me and we began our walk – Poggi Museum destination, Via Zamboni and a part of the University of Bologna. Our first stop was Santo Stefano. Remember? I wrote the first of these churches ... So beautiful. We explored, we took photos and then we continued our journey. I was "blown away", as they say in English, from the archaeological museum, but Parker is also really wonderful. It is very ancient and interesting ... I never knew that Ulisse Aldrovandi was considered the founder of modern natural history and Luigi Galvani had discovered that animal brains send messages to muscles. Last year there was an exhibition in Johannesburg called Body Worlds that showed what happens under our skin, ... Everything started here in Bologna – see the photos. Then there are the models of children in utero showing the problems that might arise during childbirth, and there are models of ships and many other things. I've never seen a museum like this! Thanks to Angela and Brigitte and our companions for a wonderful morning.

Brigette and I have eaten something together and then we met Lucia Gaudenzi, the President of Dante in Bologna – she's really nice. I received a scholarship, and then we explored the city together. The most ancient arcades, shops so beautiful – there are no malls in the Center, but instead shops, each with their own specialty ... I really like. Thanks to all of a day so special .... Good night tomorrow ...