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8 January, 1999

Tonight, everyone on the program (95 students) had a big group meal at a gorgeous palace ballroom that was adorned with beautiful golden statues.  The meal was very formal and, quite honestly, I would have preferred just some big bowls of pasta.  But there will be plenty of time for that!

Earlier today, we had the first meeting of everyone on the program and we went on a short tour of the neighborhood here.  Everything seems so concentrated, as if it has been shrunk in order to put more sights into one viewpoint.   I am getting used to it, but I find myself stopping very often to gawk at everything around me.


Move on to the next day, 9 January, 1999.


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