Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Finally in Orvieto
After thinking and talking about it for over a year - I am finally here!
It is so beautiful and peaceful after the frenzy of Barcelona and we are having a great time - of course.
The residence we are staying at used to be a convent with contemplative gardens and views to die for. The rooms are all fully modernised and we have the biggest room and best bathroom of the last 6 weeks (24 different ones we worked out).
Our hosts - Bill and Kristi of Adventures in Italy are so friendly ,relaxed, helpful and generous - it is like we have all known each other forever. We have already eaten too much and walked and walked around this small (1 1/2 x 1mile wide) hilltop village, explored shops, eaten gelato, drunk brilliant coffee and I have managed to fit in bit of teaching too. Although my students have temporarily deserted me to shop, I think they are having fun. They have promised to return....
Inspiration is everywhere from the entrance to the convent
to the paved roads
to the tiles on the roof
I will post more when I can - I have to force myself to find time to come and drink yet another cup of coffee to get the wifi but I am prepared to make such sacrifices for you.