Saturday 27 May
An alarm clock start today… up at five to be at Milano Stazione Centrale for my 7.15 train to Montepulciano. (Pronounced; <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Mon tepull charno, with the accent on the ar). After a five-hour train journey, and another two hours spent with country busses and transfers, I arrived at my place of residence for the next two weeks. One of the Il Sasso teachers (I’m here to learn some Italian… well the basics at least) met me and took me to my apartment, right across the road from my school… literally 20 metres away. The apartment is in a very old building, but the interior has been modernised and has everything I need for a comfortable stay. This town is thousands of years old, but I’ll go into more detail later.
I’m in love… this town is so beautiful, so quaint and so full of history. As I walked up the cobblestone streets to try and find somewhere to get some food supplies, I couldn’t believe I was actually here. I really think I need to pinch myself. I felt at home straight away and I kept thinking of my sister, Jane and how she would love this place. Then, there it was… a leather goods shop with everything a woman could want in handbags and shoes! I’d only been here half an hour, so reminded myself to take my time, savour every shop and choose my purchases carefully. Not only am I on a budget, but weight and bulkiness play such an important role when considering plane travel – and I still have three more flights on different airlines with different weight restrictions to consider.
I found a little grocer, purchased some lovely bread, cheese, salami, eggs, butter, milk, fruit and yoghurt and headed back to my apartment. I was in bed asleep by 4.30 and slept right through until 5.30 on Sunday.
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