The sporadic posting from Italy has been all about it being the most difficult trip I've ever had here.
After freezing in our first location we moved on after 3 or 4 days, developing a chest cold each while we were there. We just couldn't get warm and sadly said goodbye to the dogs. We headed for Rome and that beautiful city welcomed us, warmed us, and gave a space to recuperate in for a while.
I had a small health problem on our last night there, one that kept me awake all night long. During that long and lonely night I researched all emergency information while knowing it wasn't serious enough to need anyone at all ... comforting myself with the fact that I now knew where the emergency pharmacy was, the after hours doctors, ER, taxis, and etc. I had hours to fill ...
The following morning we were back on a train ...barely making. We were heading for Genova. It was a 5.5 hour journey where I was tested somemore.
We arrived. That was last Friday. Since then it's been all about finding our feet in this city I love so well. Stefano helped immensely by whisking us off to an exquisite lunch up in Righi. I'll write of it in another post, as there are photographs on my camera, Our gratitude was intense. It was so good to see the sun, to feel warm, to eat delicious Ligurian food.
Saturday night found us sitting outside at my favourite cafe, Douce, drinking lovely wine and enjoying the feeling that life might be calming down a little. And, after all, we were in Italy.
We are still coughing but I think there's an improvement ... :-)
Sunday and my lovely friends, Barbara, Alessandra, Federico and Davide showed us how to make pesto. They cooked up a big pot of spaghetti and voila, that was divine. There were sweet treats from Barbara too. Followed by a walk through the old part of the city with historian, Davide, as guide.
Today I am feeling something like normal. Much skinnier than when I left home ... I think I've dropped 4 or 5 kgs. This is no great loss, clearly there to lose but ohmygoodness it's been more epic than I can write of.
Today we have begun the search for medical help for Tanya ... who may have torn ligaments in her knee while we were moving the bags they packed for a year of traveling the world. All 69kgs.
I can say this with certainty. It hasn't been boring ...