Most folks that plan a trip to Rome do it over weeks and months. I had 1/2 day. My daughter leaned over during mass and said: Wanna see the Vatican on Tuesday? Of course, who doesn’t? But the catch, was to travel ~light~ a tiny wee back only…which meant bringing anything home was almost not possible! And let’s face it… traveling is about seeing a new culture, eating new and exciting menus and getting goodies! Whether you can get them home or not, understand the language or comprehend the transit in that city, Is anybodies guess! My daughter is a traveler. She knows what she wants and how to get it! This was an adventure. Our time together. A pilgrimage if you will, if just for the sake of getting a stamp in your passport! The first hurtle? The overwhelming task of figuring out HOW to GET to our hotel. Oh Oh. We stood in front of the train menu for a whole 1/2 hour. 14 euros, or even 8 euros seems a whole LOT to spend to ride the train a few feet… Where are we going again?
(we took the cheapest ticket at 1.50 euros and traveled on train about 1 hour. That seemed right. Right? Then we walked. And continued walking. A whole lot of walking. Whoa! Are we THERE yet?) (we got off 2 stops too soon!) Coming BACK to the airport (train ALL the way) was 14 euros. I would have paid twice that. It was so incredibly HOT there and I wanted OUT.
Everywhere we went the roads and areas were protected by military (men with BIG machine guns) Natch, no pictures were allowed. But even more disconcerting about the land was a serious lack of birds. No song birds, no bees or other flying insects. No sign of any animals anywhere. (?) It became a challenge to find wildlife. One ant. Carrying a stick twice it’s size. I wanted to photograph it…but (probably to shield itself from the death defying heat!) In only 2 days there I counted a mere 6 birds total. All pigeons. Guess they are unimpressed with the heat too.
But as this is a “Knitters blog” what was I knitting and toiling over during all those plane, train, and automobile rides? My second “Go Tell The Bees” shawlette. : ) (finished version coming SOON)
There was so much to see and soooo many pictures to choose from. There’s no way I could show them all here, but Saint Jerome was a must…
And then we had a 12 hour flight to Toronto (detour through Frankfurt due to smoke in the planes kitchen) : o Some entertainment was had just watching other passengers react to a possible catastrophy. I stayed amused by dreaming up my future knitting… coming soon: “Singing In The Rain” and “Me And My Palomino, Let’s go for a ride” (a rooster joined in the fun) : )
and will I get over it?
Back to MY regular programmed knitting. Since you had to look at my foot I’ll give you a sneak peak at an un-felted Palomino and the barnyard ducks…