Monday, July 30, 2012

The drive to Dynamo


On Friday morning, five of us from F.E.S.T.A.  (Florence English-Speaking Theatre Artists) -- the producers of our Romeo and Juliet -- were picked up in a van and escorted together for the hour’s drive up into Limestre, an hour north of Firenze in San Marcello Pistoiese.

Well, no. I mean, allora, there was supposed to be a van. But it turned out to be – well, there wasn’t one. There was, however, an executive at KME – the company providing Dynamo Camp with its entire facility – who would drive us there. So we got taxi cabs: five of us with all our baggage, including a large case with all the swords, and made our way to the KME headquarters and that’s when we saw the—

--minivan.

We looked at the minivan, and then we looked at the five of us with all our baggage, including a large case with all the swords, and then we looked at the minivan. And the KME executive looked at her minivan, and then she looked at the five of us with all our baggage, including a large case with all the swords, and then she looked at the minivan.

A little while later, a second executive came out of the KME headquarters jingling his car keys.  Allora. Careful packing of the car, a stop for gas, and Jason and I were off on a drive high up into the hills and up a steep, windy road into the village of Limestre, which was once a company village for employees of KME when their factory was in operation. The old factory is now the facility for Dynamo Camp. They’ve added art studios and dormitories and a medical clinic and much more to create a virtual village within the village, walled off from the rest of the world with a locked gate.

More tales of our work here will follow.

NOTE: The man who drove us up here paid 1.67 euro per litre to fuel his car.  1 gallon is 3.785411784 liters. This works out to 6.32 euro per U.S. gallon. At the time I write this, 6.32 euro converts to $7.77.

Think you pay a lot for gas?



[Image:  This building houses the theatre, where our team is teaching classes in theatre and stage combat, and producing a short play with our kids.  In the hills, you can see San Marcello Pistoiese.]

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