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Published: April 5th 2015
I've seen many friends posting about Easter this morning (and now afternoon in Italy), so I thought I'd add my 2 cents.
In case you didn't know, Jesus is a big deal in Italy. So I was none surprised when the church bells began to ring this morning. If they had a sunrise service, I couldn't tell. I heard nothing until about 8AM, when the sun was already up. But at 8 and every 15 minutes afterwards, until about 9:30, the bells went nuts, sometimes playing a recognizable song, other times just chiming. I guess it's the Italian alarm clock - no excuses for not going to church on Easter!
I would tell you about all my shenanigans today, but there are none to tell. Not because I haven't tried to do anything or go anywhere, but unlike America, these Christians put their money where their mouth is - EVERYTHING is closed here on Easter except for transportation and hotels. I'm glad I stocked up on supplies yesterday. Sure, there's a Turkish-owned kepab place on the corner I could go to, but how does that tie into our Lord and Saviour? I'm just kidding. I'm taking the day off, letting my foot and its blisters get the rest that they so desperately need.
I'm really not upset at all about having to spend a day resting and recuperating. It means I can't spend any money! I kinda planned this weekend for catching my breath, anyway. It turns out the weather isn't great today, which is actually the first time that rain has caught up to me on this entire trip (almost a month in!). Tomorrow looks to be beautiful for weather, and I'm hoping to pig out on gelato and other Italian foods whenever I get a chance. They also have a couple of funiculars up the mountainside, so those will be firsts for this trip, too. Did I mention that Bergamo is in the foothills of the Italian Alps? And did I mention that I kinda sorta would donate my as-yet-unborn firstborn to the Alps if I could live here the rest of my life?
2 quick things, and then I'm done:
1) I went to an Italian restaurant last night called "Pasta e Basta" - so good! They tried to get me to take a complete Italian meal (5 courses), but I could only get through the first two. What an amateur! I got some fondue and bread as my antipasto, and for my primo, I ordered gnocchi with cream and Gorgonzola sauce. When the waitress took away the appetizer, she asked how I liked it, so I told her it was incredible. You should have seen her eyes when she brought me the main course - she was as excited to give it to me as I was to take it! I couldn't eat it all, it was so rich. But I was full when I left.
2) My "hotel" strikes again! All the people checked out this morning except for me, so I had it all to myself for a few hours. Just when I had taken a shower and eaten, I was going to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord in style by taking a nap around 2PM. I hadn't even had the light off for 2 minutes when I heard someone trying to unlock my door! We have those old-fashioned big keys, and in the course of trying to unlock the door, the person had pushed my key out and onto my floor (I keep the key in the door, just because it's pretty convenient there). I unlocked the door, and behold! The hotel guy had once again given a new guest the room key to someone else's room! They showed me their key, but I'm a pro at this crap now, so I just said that the same thing had happened yesterday, and they needed to call the hotel guy up. He would come down and fix it. And he did, without having to bother me again. Huzzah! I don't know if I'm giving this hotel a good review - I mean, if I hadn't been here, someone else could've easily gone through my things, or worse!
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