It’s Sunday evening and a relaxing calm has come over me… I just hope I can carry this with me to class tomorrow morning.
I will back up a bit to Friday… I was up early but somehow I fell back to sleep and was dashing about at the last minute getting ready for school. I left the apartment without eating and my blood sugar had dropped. I need protein in the morning and found some babybel cheese in my purse… it had been sitting in my bag for 2 days but I was desperate so I ate it… I would find out soon enough if it was bad…I was late to class but not that late…just in time to start the first exercise… a few other students strolled in after. I sat in class like a miserable cat … sourpuss face and all. Finally 10:30 came and I dashed out the door to Giò café. The little piece of cheese I had must have been ok because I did not suffer any repercussions. But still, I was famished! So I ordered a smoked salmon Panini with this heavenly cheese… the guy behind the counter started making Nimo like facial expressions which prompted me to burst out laughing… I took my cappuccino and panini to a table at the back … I ate most of the Panini… took an extra 5 minutes or so for my coffee break and came back to class late. Seriously 15 minutes is not long enough by the time you get out of class and stand in line to order a cappuccino…that alone takes 10 minutes. The guys at Giò work really fast though… they know your order as soon as you walk in the door… it’s like this amazing team work.
When the bell rang at 12:15 the teacher was still talking and in my head I was saying, “Just let me go!” Finally outside, and it was gorgeous out. I was still full from my Panini so pizza or any food for that matter was out of the question. I almost did not know what to do with myself. I basically stood in the sun for a few minutes to take it in… just like everyone else. I decided to walk to Campo di Fiori to buy some more flowers. I thought I might sit at an outdoor café but instead I left and went to pick up a few groceries. As I walked back through my neighbourhood it really felt alive again…Is it really February and the weather is this lovely? I was back at my apartment by 4 and really felt a bit strange. I had all of these invites out during the week that I had to cancel because of school etc. and now there I sat on Friday afternoon without a plan. I started thinking of Venice and had to pull my thoughts away. I made it through Friday but when I woke up Saturday morning for some reason I thought I was in Venice. Can one’s thoughts or desires really be that strong that they can project themselves somewhere else? I needed to pull myself out of this and get on with my day.
I got up and decided to go to Circus Art for my morning café and croissant. I had managed to get a few chores out of the way before going. I needed to get caught up on a few hotel reviews for Trip advisor and managed to get one done… it was the last hotel I had stayed in: Starhotels Splendid Venice. After that I decided to go for lunch at my local ristorante/wine bar…it is right in the piazza behind my apartment building. Carmen greeted me and I took my usual table close to the front door. I love this ristorante… the door was wide open and smooth soft jazz music was playing. I didn’t even have to order a glass of wine because Carmen already knew hahaha. It was so funny.. am I that predictable? I had my laptop on the table because I was still trying to work on a few things. Then I felt something sharp in my chest…no it’s not what you think… somehow pizza crust crumbs had fallen … well… they had fallen into my cleavage. I sat there thinking “Oh gawd do I plunge my hand down the front of my top or do I shake???” I looked to make sure the coast was clear and proceeded to stick my hand down my top to part the way so to speak. It hadn’t worked … “what on earth!” So I had to do it again …. All was finally sorted and the passage way had cleared.
I had good intentions for a long walk after but that didn’t quite happen. I ran out to get a few more groceries. I ran into Carmen on the way as the restaurant closes for a few hours before dinner. People that I see daily were saying “ciao” along the way. My grocery store always has this fresh seafood. This is my next goal… to learn how to cook seafood the Italian way.
Saturday was what I call my “free” day but, when Sunday hit, I was back to work. I wanted to meet my friend for a glass of vino but it was not happening. I had started the day by working on another review for Trip advisor… you know it takes time. Posting photos takes forever…but I had finally finished. Then, I had to do my homework as well as get chores done…Yoga etc. I managed to get everything done.
I got in touch with my hotel in Venice and I have decided that I am going to make this a 4 day birthday long weekend… oh yes, I decided that I am going up Wednesday (7 Marzo) after school. I cannot wait! Do I dare tell you this? But… I got Wednesday night for $90 euro, canal view with Jacuzzi tub… it’s a “non refundable” rate.
It is now almost 11:45 p.m.… and I think its time to call it a night. I have my class tomorrow morning followed by my lesson with my tutor. He’s promised me that we will discuss food… one of my favourite subjects!!! From Bella Roma… Ciao for now!
On one of my recent trips back to Venice I was able to get a closer look at the Gondola… or rather I got more intimate with the Gondola. It was just before the start of Carnival… the calm before the storm so to speak… even the water was like smooth glass…I was able to get quite a few photos. On the outside the appearance seems the same from one to the other but when I took a closer look, I noticed that each has a little story to tell with their different personal touches. I would like to learn more about this. This photo was taken on my very first Gondola ride a couple of weeks ago.
I would just like to add, if you are in Venice there is a really nice lounge at the Starhotels Splendid in San Marco. This lounge faces a canal. The seating is really plush and you can sink back into the cushions with a glass of Prosecco or Spritz and watch the Gondolas go by. I think it just adds to the experience of being in Venice.
Today was sunny and warm in Bella Roma. I wore only a cardigan this morning on the way to school. After class, I walked to Campo Di Fiori … Amo Campo di Fiori! I bought myself some orange Tulips and wandered around for a bit. People were sitting outside in the warm sun at the outdoor cafes … oh ya looking forward to the weekend. I will probably meet up with a friend, have a cappuccino and go for walks.
Late this afternoon, I had my first session/lesson with my Italian language tutor. I am so relieved. I was feeling a bit hopeless and overwhelmed as many people know from my postings and now I feel as though I have been thrown a life raft…
My tutor knows that I have been to Venice a lot recently. He asked me what it was that I liked about Venezia. I told him in Italian,… the canals, the Grand Canal, the Architecture, the Gondola, I forgot to add more…it is the people, the Winged Lion… and that crazy little bird that makes a sound like someone is throttling it….together this combination is like one mystical spirit that has attached itself to my heart and soul and when I leave… it feels as though a plug has been pulled which in turn leaves this hole in my heart and… well it hurts… I have no other way to describe it. I have been trying to figure it out myself. I totally believe that when you are in the right place everything conspires to keep you there or who knows maybe this place is supposed to teach me something. I just wish it would stop hurting lol! Even this week, I would reflect back and the images in my mind would ache in my heart. That is why it is very important that I keep the Yoga going to keep myself grounded. Bloody heart and its feelings…
It’s been a lovely day and I am quite tired… still have to do my homework … but, tomorrow is Friday!! Si Si!!! Ciao for now!
“I wonder if my neighbours can hear me swearing to myself?”… I caught myself swearing while I was doing my homework Monday night. I had the window open and everything kind of echoes into the centre.
The temperatures are getting warmer and the heat is now working in the classroom. There were many days where we sat bundled in scarves, gloves and jackets during 3 hours of class… But yesterday it was so warm in the room that I caught one of the students nodding off…LOL!
By Tuesday morning I was at my usual breaking point. It’s a good think that I have implemented Project Warrior Princess because pampering myself, or nurturing myself, as I like to call it, is all part of the regime. When I finished the morning lesson I walked out into the gorgeous sunshine… I could feel a hint of excitement so I took myself to “433” for lunch. I had a nice big salad with bits of roasted chicken and that was accompanied with a glass of vino bianco. When it was time to have my Café Macchiato I was totally relaxed. The restaurant was buzzing and I sat back and people watched. 2 dogs were bounding around and playing with each other on the cobble stone street and people were sitting outside in the sun at the café next to the restaurant…3 priests were sipping wine outside and I started feeling a bit festive. I decided to drop my book bag off at home and go for a walk. As I headed down the street towards Via Del Corso I could see lots of people sitting in the sun on the Spanish Steps…My walk took me to Sephora which was then followed by a visit to my hairdressers where I sat for a few hours as they gently took care of me…I found myself nodding off a few times while they were applying blonde highlights. When I arrived home I could hear fireworks going off. There was I think a Carnival happening in Piazza Popolo… someone had mentioned this in class today. I am not sure what they call it here but it was Shrove Tuesday or as I remember it being called “Pancake Day.” Mom used to make pancakes for dinner on this day… English tradition. Oh I could have totally gone for a stack of pancakes dripping in Maple Syrup and butter….
I walked into class this morning and one of my classmates said “Stanco Cinzia?” (Tired?) I replied, “Si”…she then said,”Did you have wine last night?”…. I replied, “Si, I had wine”… We all love wine it seems. When class started, I was thinking to myself, “I wonder if they would notice if I did not come back after the 10:30 coffee break?” …I came back.
I’ve decided to make an amendment to the “low-carb” portion of Project Warrior Princess…the truth is, I love pizza, pasta and wine and I am not prepared to give them up… so I will just have to rely on old fashioned exercise. I have gotten back into my Yoga and I went for a bit of a walk about yesterday and today.
Today I was over by the Pantheon… I discovered a little tea store called “NamasTèy” They have a variety of teas, chocolate and cookies… as well they have tea pots and cups etc. I sampled this divine pistachio cream spread… I told the lady that I could just eat this out of the jar. You see…how can I possibly low carb when there are so many wonderful food delights waiting for me! I went to visit Bernini’s Elephant and he is looking great after the restoration they had performed on him back in the Fall. I will have to get some new photos. I walked into the Piazza that was located in front of the Pantheon and music was playing… the outdoor restaurants were busy and people were just hanging out… I popped into Despar Grocery Store and found that they had some cookies that contained no milk and no eggs. I picked some up for my Tutor. My tutoring session was changed from Tuesday to tomorrow night. I popped into Creative Made Bakery and discovered that they also have a dark chocolate cookie that does not contain eggs or milk… I told them that I loved the Prosecco I bought last week as I stood there with another bottle on the counter before me. “She was smiling and said “Ti Piace…”..I replied, “Oh Si!…mi piace!”… I remember last week (the night before I was leaving for Venice) I was in the Bakery and this really handsome man came out from the back…the lady said “Lui (he) really likes Prosecco as well”…My eyes went from looking at the very handsome “Lui” straight down to the wedding ring on his finger … : S
I was invited to an Aperitif tonight but passed on it…I had other things that were very important for me to complete and as well I wanted to do my Yoga. I am behind on writing a few hotel reviews for Trip advisor as well as posting hotel photos. Venice thoughts are still with me and I could easily go at the drop of a hat. But, I am very happy that the sunshine and warmer temps have returned to Rome…. As well the days are getting longer!!! More light!
It’s time for me to go and do my homework…Until next time, Ciao for now!