I’m back! And I’ve recovered from jet lag finally, so I’m out of excuses.
Have you ever gone on a long vacation (a week or more) and come back wondering what happened to your world? It’s strange. The normal, everyday things don’t seem so normal and everyday anymore. Where do we keep the dental floss again? And what do we eat here, in this place?
We had a wonderful time gallivanting about Switzerland and Italy. The first week, we spent in Zurich with our friends Chari and Chris. It was Dan’s first time in Zurich, and I was excited to show him around the city that I’ve come to love. Of course, navigator Dan ended up showing me around the town by the end of the week, but that’s no surprise.
For our second week, we went to the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre, to be precise, in a little town called Riomaggiore. That week was all about playing in the water and climbing around quaint little seaside villages. We learned a lot of Italian in that short stay, especially when we realized how useful it was for ordering the local seafood at dinner.
After that, we went to Tuscany, to the small town in the Chianti region called Rufina, famous for its vineyards, wine, and olive oil. (If you want to taste a Rufina wine, we saw one at Costco a couple days ago.) We stayed at a farm that produces wine and oil, and of course, we extensively sampled all its products. Florence was only a short train or bus ride away, so we visited the famous city several times during our stay there.
And our final week was spent in Rome, where we walked our feet off and ate pasta and pizza until we don’t want to see pasta or pizza again for a very long time. Dan found a hotel in the city that was on the public transportation system, so we travelled all over the place, visiting all the great monuments and sites. One could spend a year there and not run out of things to see and experience.
So naturally, after a month away, I’m stewing over a lot of ideas to discuss. I did a little writing while I was there, mostly in Twitter. But, I’m hoping to share more pictures and reflections with you in the coming weeks because this sort of trip doesn’t get easily covered in one blog post.
Thanks for sticking with me while I was away for so long. I certainly needed a little writing sabbatical to refresh me with new ideas and motivation.
Oh yes, and I was reading while I was over there. I updated my reading list to reflect my new additions. Nothing too deep, but just enough to pass the time on the train.