Distance Walked: 20 km, 6 hours (including breaks)
When preparing for this trip, one of my worries was needing to speak Italian, on the phone, without assistance. That opportunity came last night when I called ahead to book tonight’s stay. At the start of the phone call, I asked (in Italian) if the priest spoke English. I was expecting a cheerful “Why of course” or at least a “un po” (“a little bit”). Instead I received a definite “no”.I panicked, and then quickly forged ahead:
”Sono una Pellegrina in Via Francigena. Vorrei prenotare due letti per domani.”
To my utter surprise, the priest seemed to understand without hesitation. He took my name, confirmed the reservation and said “A domani” (See you tomorrow). Okay…so maybe it wasn’t quite Rocket Science, but I was immensely proud!
More good news – Richard’s cold is slowly getting better. Even more noteworthy, the overall inflammation that has plagued his joints, muscles and tendons for the past nine months seems to be subsiding. His body has not felt this good since last September. Maybe it’s a coincidence, or perhaps the old saying is true: “Motion is the Magic Lotion!”
We are currently planning on a very short walking day tomorrow. Here are a few pics from today.
P.S. No one had mentioned the need to forge over water!