Where in the World?

Vernazza, May 2011

It has been a bit silent over in GFG land, but now our house sitter has been firmly embedded for a week I don’t feel like such a twit saying we’re not there. Funny thing is we met him and his family where we are now. Their apartment was just 2 minutes walk from where we are in Florence this time. Green and J.C. (no really) worked together and it took them a couple of months to realize that they had partners with young children exploring Florence alone. Hmmph! Astronomers. Then Z,C and Bean and I explored together and it was fun.

Of course, this time Green gets sent to Florence (oh, the hardship) just as J.C. and his family are moving to Tucson from Spain. This time we’re only here for a few weeks though. We’ve been in Italy and France for nearly 2 weeks now, a sweet vacation before the hard work (for some) began. We got to see a dear friend’s mum and meet a ‘virtual’ friend I know from online and her family while we were in France which was fabulous.

The internet is painfully slow here in our apartment and I may have to just upload the pictures and tell you about it when we return. I’m perched by a window in a most uncomfortable and precarious position to get slower than dial up connection. Terrible isn’t it?



Filed under Explorations beyond Southern Arizona

6 responses to “Where in the World?

  1. Yes, I’m having a hard time feeling sorry for you! Hope the rest of your trip is grand.

    What a great photo of you three. (Save it for your adoption letter!!)

  2. I wondered where you were… Have a fantastic time!

  3. What a beautiful picture! Enjoy every second.

  4. Me

    I was thinking the same thing as Kristin, about using your wonderful family pic in Italy as part of your adoption photo album that’s shown to parents considering adoption!

    Glad you’re having such a wonderful time. Can’t wait to see more pics when you return.

  5. “The internet is painfully slow here”…in ITALY. Gee, wow, my heart goes out to you, with that slow, beautiful, gorgeous Italian internet! LOL Hope you’re having a great time!

  6. elke

    As much as I love Italy, I’m pretty sure pretty much everything there goes slowly — the good things as well as the bad. All you can do is say “Normale” with that wonderful arm gesture — tuck your elbow into your waist and bed it 90 degrees with your hand pointed straight up. Tuck your thumb slightly in (line it up with your forefinger) and cup your palm slightly. Then, with palm facing you, do several small horizontal circles with your wrist held firm (smaller circles than if you were the Queen waving to a crowd). For added emphasis, you can do it simultaneously with both arms.

    Voila! You’ve now said “Normale” like an Italian! Roughly translated, the gesture means “I’m a little bit annoyed that things aren’t going my way, but what can you expect, that’s the way it is here, and anyway, how can you be mad, really, when the sun is shining so beautifully and the wine is so good and oh the chocolate, oh I think I’m going to go savour some chocolate with some wine and perhaps some olives later and realize that, really, life is so wonderful that I can’t really be annoyed at whatever it was that I was annoyed about earlier.”

    🙂 Hope the rest of your stay goes well! Oh, and thirding (or fourthing!) that that picture should go with your adoption letter!

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