since unpacking, i've learned about taking the bus and the metro,had coffee and a cookie at a cafe with laura and javier (another cast-mate),
went grocery shopping where we stocked up on what we thought were provisions for the week, but is starting to look like provisions for a couple of days since we all enjoy eating to a frightening extent, learned how to make italian coffee, and visited laura's beautiful home where she made for us delicious porcini mushroom risotto, followed by poached pears and figs -- heaven. gaby (director and fellow cast-mate) had the bright idea for us all to put on facial masks after dinner, which hindered our ability to immediately devour the warm dessert that was waiting for us. we didn't want to crack our masks, so there was lots of laughter with closed mouths. we thought we were hilarious. poor things.
i also cannot omit gaby's explanation of how to best use a bidet. those things are everywhere here and i've never used one so i had to ask. she was quite serious about the whole procedure and even demonstrated (clothed), but i've yet to indulge in the experience, fearing drenched pants or some other embarrassing result. i'm not the most graceful of creatures, but maybe some ambitious day before i leave, i'll give it a try.
not to dwell on my fascination with the facilities here, but i've noticed that a lot of toilets offer a two-button option for flushing. after some experimentation, i confirmed with laura that the smaller button results in a lighter flush, while the larger one will give you a more robust flush, for bigger jobs. brilliant!
today was filled with rehearsal. we are working out the beginning of the show. it felt great to be working on a project again. especially with friends. in milan. i'm very, very lucky.