Well I don’t know what the workmen were digging towards but the reverberations made the apartment shake at 7 am . A rather rude awakening.
I started the day early with a Skype call during which I talked to my partner’s two little granddaughters. They were agog to see me and when he showed them where I m on the globe they were even more amazed. But as they grow older they will take these modern miracles of technology for granted.
I decided that I wouldn’t go into the city today and instead would wander around this neighbourhood to see what it is like. So I started off with the idea that before I left I would do the washing. What a good idea except that I couldn’t get the machine to work.. A call on the next door neighbour was needed. The wife answered the door and came into the apartment, looked at the washing machine, shook her head and said something about her marito and supermercado so I assumed she would send her husband in when he returned from the supermarket. Next a ring on the doorbell and Guilliano the husband appeared. He is a large jovial fellow who went out to the shed that houses the laundry, fiddled with a few knobs and then I think he said he couldn’t make it work and would call Ornella the mother of the owner. She was particularly unhelpful telling him to push the knob we had both been pushing. So after molto grazie from me and prego from him he left. Shortly thereafter the doorbell went again – turning out to be a busy morning. There was the neighbour and his daughter Bette who spoke un po Inglesie. So we trouped out again to the washing machine. Bette pushed the knobs that we had, checked the water was connected and the electricity connected, shook her head and admitted failure. So the outcome? undies washed by hand in the hand basin in the bathroom. Oh well they are now clean again. And it really was like something out of a sitcom comedy – perhaps the Big Bang with Sheldon in charge.
Well after all that I needed a sit down and a cup of coffee. So I didn’t get out until after lunch time to start exploring the neighbourhood.
I started with macchiato a usual but as it was after 1pm I didn’t have a brioche instead I had a Panini type sandwich.
This was a fascinating way to spend a few hours just rambling around the district.