07.01.2013 - 07.01.2013 7 °C
This morning we woke up bright and early so that we could get a quick start to the day as we were going to be travelling to a new country...Italy! After we got ready we ran around the town desperately trying to locate the grocery store we had seen the previous evening. Unfortunately after a large amount of time looking around we were unable to locate the small Carrefour, but we settled for a different store we found along the way. We picked up what we needed for a couple lunches and breakfasts, and soon we were on our way. Recently, we had revived our old tradition of listening to howstuffworks podcasts as we drive. We started listening to these entertaining and informative podcasts during our road trip across Canada, and fell in love with them, as well as the two hosts, Josh and Chuck. To pass the time we listened to "How Language Evolved", "How Pickpockets Work" and more. Hannah also created her own form of entertainment.. counting the number of tunnels we have been through. She knows that she may have missed a couple along the way, or accidently added numbers to her count so she doesn't have a completely accurate number..so we've settled with saying that we know we went through over 120 of them. We also tried to learn some Italian, at which my dad and I were unsuccessful. I passed most of my time by sleeping though, which was fine by me. We stopped for a lunch of baguette and cheese midway through our trip, but soon we were off on the road again.
As we neared our destination we kept our eyes open for house number 266, but we should have known we wouldn't find it on the first try. But we knew we had their phone number so we went to the nearby payphone to try it out. Unfortunately we couldn't get it to work so we had to try Plan B: asking people at the hotel close by. This went well and we got the information that we needed, but, alas, followed it wrong. Instead of turning right outside the hotel we turned left, having gotten confused as we walked out. But fairly soon we were at our place, and were able to be let in. The couple that own the place speak English and are very kind, and let us stay even though we had accidently booked for the wrong nights, the eighth and ninth. We unpacked and turned on the heat, and Hannah got to work on dinner. Before we knew it we were sitting around the table eating warm chili and bread, and then on it was to chocolate and cookies. The heaters were taking quite a long time to heat the cold stone house, but we bundled up in sweaters and blankets and each settled down with a book. We went to bed late, but we fell asleep quickly as we were all exhausted by our long travel day.