The weekend of June 10-12 found two-dozen members of the Class of ’01 in Lugano, reliving old memories and rekindling old friendships. Some of the group even stayed in the TASIS dorms! They were met with handmade signs on the dormitory doors with their name and home country – the first of many reminders of years past.
After a campus tour on Friday, the group gathered at Casa Fleming for cocktails before heading to Grotto al Bosco for dinner. The evening ended with dancing ’til dawn – so having the daytime free on Saturday gave the revelers a long time to sleep in! Everyone met up again at the Paradiso landing stage for a beautiful evening boat ride around Lake Lugano.
On Sunday the group met at TASIS for a brunch in the sunshine. In between gulps of coffee, Federico Pincione proudly showed off his sock, with his TASIS laundry number still on it. One after another, everyone shouted out their laundry numbers - except for Ben Cremante, who said he appropriated so many pieces of his roommates’ clothing that he couldn’t remember his own laundry number. And, like many other alumni throughout the decades, they recalled how many things they got away with while students at TASIS, and how many potatoes they had peeled on kitchen duty when they got caught.
The weekend was a rousing success. A number of faculty members were on hand to spend time with the group at their different events, and longtime friendships were celebrated. They all look forward to meeting in another decade!