il Tricolore

March 30, 2013-ItalianFlag-3453

March 30, 2013-ItalianFlag-3453

The Italian flag, known as il Tricolore, was formally adopted in 1948, but has origins dating back to the 1700’s.  The three colors, red, white, and green signify a few things, some being physical things, other theological.  The physical meanings come from local landmarks with the green being plains and hills, white being the alps, and red being the blood spilt in the wars.  The theological meaning is green being hope, white being faith, and red being charity.

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Unfortunately I was only able to get a few hours of sleep before my test.  I’d like to say it was because I was studying so hard, but a few other things came up that I had to help with/tend to.  I seem to be having problems falling asleep now.  My mind usually starts going 100 miles a minute when I lay down, partly due to the fact that I can’t believe we only have roughly a month left here.  The exam wasn’t too difficult, but I always kick myself for making really dumb mistakes…

I find that if I ever do make a mistake on a test, I retain that information far better than everything else I had learned.  This definitely parallels life in general with the good old saying of learning from your mistakes!

It was Sam’s 21st birthday yesterday, but because of the exam today, we didn’t get to celebrate.  So tonight we went to a restaurant near our apartment for some steaks and then went out to the bars.  Happy birthday Sam!

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