23.06.2013 - 23.06.2013 30 °C
The heat of the last few days has made us feel more and more like doing less and less. Therefore, today was a day of sitting on the patio with cold drinks, doing laundry, reading and researching about Venice and just generally hanging out. A day such as this one does cause me some guilt, however, especially when I see that the 85-year-old father of our host has been outside watering already at 7:00 AM. He has beat us up every day this week, even on the day when we arose early. He putters around the place, moving supplies in a wheelbarrow and taking care of the plants. Eighty-year-old grandma is not far behind, tending to the washing and helping her husband. I have had a chance to talk with many of the family members: both sons, the parents and the grandmother. It’s been interesting to hear of the parents’ jobs (both in IT), the sons’ exams (the one ending high school has three full days of written exams and one day of oral exams), and the grandmother’s day-to-day life. While this house hasn’t been situated right amongst the tourist activities, it has allowed us to see and hear about real aspects of Italian life. The town is a sleepy one, with one main street, along which life seems to revolve. There are a few pizzerias, a bar, a fruit and vegetable store, a grocery store, a church, a park and an ice cream place – all the essentials. We took the questionable bikes out again but just to get to the gelateria a kilometer away. Joining the other locals, we found that the town gelato was some of the best we’ve had. With our appetites for all things Italian fulfilled, we got to bed early, anticipating a much crazier day tomorrow in Venice.