Random thoughts about Italy Day Two.
1. Brian and i are on different schedules. Because i was awake for 34 hours in a row while we traveled here i finally got to bed at 8 pm our first night here. And i woke up my usual time in the morning around 5 am. I get up for a bit, go back to bed and wake up again at 9 am, just like at home. Brian is still messed up. He didn't sleep at all last night and so at 9 am this morning he went in for a nap as i finally got out of bed. He slept for 7 hours straight and woke up at 4 pm, which is amazing because he NEVER sleeps 7 hours in a row.
He isn't even on our home time now. Not sure how we're going to fix this!
2. We hooked up with Brian's friend Pam and her family yesterday for a trip to Cortona. It was Sunday and very busy. Normally i don't like traveling with a group, especially when it's so crowded but this was fine, only i did start to fade near the end. That's partly why i don't like traveling with a group. You are not allowed to fade out and must hang in there.
I am not a hang in there kind of person.
3. If i am being honest, my gnocchi at our three hour lunch was good, but not fabulous. Not even close to what we get at Marzano's, our favorite restaurant at home which is owned by a real Italian. (I wish we had gone there the week before and asked her about Italy!) Brian said the same thing about his puttanesca. I think i make it just as well. The restaurant was the friend of our friends. And the owner was from Brazil. (Maybe that's the problem?) Either way, it was still fun and Mara, the owner, was a kick.
4. My favorite person, also a friend of our friends, was Gabriella. When Ginny and I got separated because we went to the bathroom we went back to the wine shop owned by Gabriella, from where we had tasted and bought bottles of wine from earlier. Ginny knews her from previous travels and tried to explain our family was lost. I got to practice my one sentience of Italian and she poured us a glass of red that i liked better than the others we tasted earlier because it was a blend. My iPad makes it tricky to post a photo of Gabriella, but i'll try later from Brian's laptop. He has a fabulous photo of her.
5. Many women are walking around those cobblestone streets in really high heels. I don't know how they do it!
6. Before we come back i need to learn more Italian. What i keep doing is thinking of Spanish words to describe what i mean and i realize i learned more Spanish than i thought and i would be so happy if i knew as much Italian as i do Spanish, which isn't much, but at least something.
7. This might be hard to believe but so far i haven't found a killer wine. In a way i am not surprised because i actually thought this might happen. Italian wines I have tasted are too harsh and have too much tannin for me. Maybe if they were aged longer? Like coffee, i am picky about what i like in wine. But then again, we haven't been here that long yet.
8. I did like the gelato yesterday a lot. It's weird that i am not a dessert person, actually no one in my family is...probably because they haven't made a dessert that goes with Coors Light beer... but i did like the gelato because it is not as rich or sweet as ice cream.
9. Brian got us some stuff from the local grocery store and i do LOVE their yogurt. I wish i could get this at home. It's fabulous! And light. So creamy.
10. We are getting a kick out of listening to Italian radio stations and sometimes hearing a Rolling Stones or Jimi Hendrix song on the radio in between the Italian pop songs.
11. I like the family we are hanging out with. Especially Ginny the daughter of Brian's friend. Ginny is 25 years old. Her boyfriend Miles is very funny, a redhead with skin prone to sunburn. He describes himself as an introvert and keeps saying, i'm trying new things! As he did when he had pate during the antipasto and gnocchi for lunch. Ginny is a recent graduate from Minnesota with a Masters in Communications. A free spirit and an old soul, all wrapped in one. They walked back with us from Cortona and we shared a bottle of wine until they got picked up later.
Today is some kind of holiday about the Republic and many things are closed we were told. We were going to walk back into Cortona but it's too late now since Brian hasn't been awake that long and we don't want to get lost in the dark out here. It's a little bit tricky with the turns coming down the road. We took a wrong one yesterday because Ginny (who has done this many times) forget which way. We'll figure it out