06.14.2015 - 06.15.2015
As I draft this entry, I am relaxing in our really homey B&B, enjoying a glass of chianti and an Italian drama on TV. I'm feeling buzzed on a single glass of the wine and just checked the alcohol content on the label to find it's 13% - no wonder! In the movie, there is a German Shepard who seems to be the star of the show - so cute! While watching the movie, I'm trying to pick out words I understand and get really excited when I do.
Yesterday, the train trip out, around, then back into the Italian Alps was not bad at all. It actually helped that we transferred trains a few times so we could stretch our legs. Beautiful scenery again, but then I admit I'm partial to the mountains.
The comical part of the trip to Lake Como was the actual arrival in Mandello del Lario in the pouring rain and me getting us lost in town because I didn't dare pull out the paper map. The funnier aspect is that this has happened to me before - when I thought I'd take the scenic drive up the Florida Gulf coast and got caught up in a monsoonal type rainstorm. Anyway, we did find the B&B looking a bit like drowned rats, but our host was fabulous and made us feel right at home.
I've really been enjoying Italy. The people here are happy and friendly, patient with my very limited Italian and helpful. It is making me consider learning Italian (conversational) because I'd love to come back again.
We had the morning and early afternoon free of rain, so we wandered out for groceries and cappuccinos/croissants (yum!). When we brought the groceries back to our B&B, we ran into our host's aunt who tipped us off to the local weekly market. My mom found some sandals and we also picked up some fresh spit fired chickens to tide us over during the forecasted rainstorms over the next day. I also got a few pictures of the waterfront.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) will likely be a rainy cabin day. I'm sure many of you can relate to that. Wednesday will be some boat trips and restaurant visits. Looking forward to some authentic Italian pasta and fish (the latter a northern Italy specialty).