So first of all, Tuesday was the last day of classes. I am so happy they are over! Now I just have finals to take and then I am done with school. Yes! It's great. Then that evening I went to BYU's first annual Il Palio. Il Palio is a horse race that is held in the "Piazza del Campo" twice a year in Siena, Italy. It is really famous and a big deal to the people there and it has been going on for hundreds of years. Each district or Contrada in Siena is represented by a certain animal. So this year BYU's Italian program decided to begin a new tradition of recreating il Palio right in the JFSB courtyard. I wasn't expecting it to be that great but I ended up having a lot of fun. We ate tons of delicious food and then listened to Vocal Point which was also better than I expected. The race was at the very end and only lasted for five minutes or so but was still fun. We had like three students from each class be runners and the rest of us cheered them on. Each class was represented by the animals that were the same as the actual Contrade. My class was Istrice which is the porcupine haha. I thought it was a good way to end the semester and it made me realize just how much I love the Italian program at BYU even though it's not even my major. It's definitely been my favorite part of going there and I know it'll probably be the only thing I'll miss over the summer. But anyway, here are some photos:
This is part of the JFSB courtyard. I like it. :)
Photo via this website.
This is the best picture I could find of the pattern on the ground. It's based off of a real Piazza in Rome, Italy.
Photo via google image.
Oh yeah, each class received a flag that the real Contrade have. This one isn't ours but it was the closest one to me... Oh and these were taken on my phone so they're bad quality.
Okay, our flag is the second one from the left. Yes, the one you really can't see.
The people behind the bushes are the runners.
Vocal point. (Me and some others from my class got to sit in the very front).
They performed The Thriller and it was hilarious.
We were waiting for the race to start.
The water fountain was pretty...