Published: May 27th 2011May 25th 2011
Today we planned a quiet day and evening. We planned on heading into the local market that travels from small village to small village in the area to find some fresh vegetables, cheeses and meats. Of course since we were still living off the meal that was made for us days before we really did not need too much but somehow we still managed to purchase some great fresh food.
Once again the roads were a bit tricky and we were all thankful for Rich's driving skills, that was until he headed down a one way street in a van the size of a small bus. Before we knew it we were learning all kinds of Italian words most of which you will probably never see on Rosetta Stone. Rich proceeded once again to perform a U turn on a narrow road with screaming people at least none of these folks had guns, or at least none that we knew of.
We quickly found somewhere to park and proceeded to walk up hills to find the local market. We made our purchases and headed home to enjoy our farm fresh produce, cheeses and meats for lunch. I surprised everyone
with my mother's famous potato and eggs frittata.
As we sat around the pool we started to reminiscent about our week so far and assigned everybody roles based on thier specialities of the week. This is what we came up with:
Chief Transportation Director and barrister...without him we would have never left the parking lot in Brindisi since all vehicles are standard transmissions. Although we have spent some time bucking down hills, stalling up hills and traveling down some streets we did not belong we still think he deserves a round of applause. We also have all become addicted to his wonderful capuccinos every morning.
Jared is our Chief Navigation Officer and linguistics specialist........he has spent the entire time we are in the car holding the GPS which at times has a mind of it's own. He has made sure we got where we were going with the least amount of wrong turns as possible. We have all forgiven him for his first attempt when we all almost met our demise since he was still in training. He has also managed to learn Italian the quickest and has no fear to jump in and try
to speak for all of us when we are trying to figure out a menu, purchase some wine or other items. He has found a new item for his bucket list to learn Italian and travel back to this wonderful country.
Adam is our Chief Technology and Safety Officer.........without him we would have never left the villa. You see setting the villa alarm and getting the gate to open and close is a course in itself. The first time we allowed the Chief Transportation officer to attempt this task we had a visit from the local authorities. Therefore the Chief of Transportation and the Chief Navigation officer decided that Adam with his degree from Georgia Tech was now in charge of anything that required an engineering degree. He is also in charge of the music by the pool. Which thankfully he has done very well. He also is the barrister in training.
It goes without saying Laura is Director of Social Events. Laura spent many hours putting together our activities before we left the states. There is no doubt that we would have missed a lot of experiences, food and fun all in a short nine
day trip without Laura's attention to detail. Her love of wine has certainly been a plus as well.
Talia has become the "Gal on the spot" whether you need help getting lunch or dinner on the table, assistance with outfits for the evening she is there to help. She is also our second linguistic specialist and could probably move to first place if she wanted to. Her high school Spanish has certainly come in handy. All the locals seem to fall in Love with Talia and we certainly could not agree with them more.
I guess you could say my title is Chief Historian of course taking on this role also requires you to be the brunt of all jokes. I would not change my role for anything, the blessing of my family has made my life so far Molto Bene.