Siena is composed of 17 contradas each named after an animal or symbol with a long history of heraldic and semi-mythological associations. I live in the dragon contrade, go to school in the porcupine contrade, and am jealous of every single person living in the unicorn. I take long walks in the golden goose contrade, a crest so regal that it puts my lovely unicorn to shame, and am fascinated that the caterpillar contrade is the most saintly of them all. Wether it be my 5 classes that talk about the palio in some fashion, the fact that I
frolicked stared at cows last week at the Poggio al Sorbo, or that I was taught the word for cat today in italian class (gatto!) I am having a strange fixation with all non bipedal creatures (JAH4EVR.) So chin chin to qui quo qua (donald ducks italian newfew), Liv Tyler, and the crested porcupine.