When I left you last, Richard and I were enjoying a gelato in Proceno. After a bit of downtime, we had soup on our minds and went to find a restaurant. After a fruitless search, we saw the man who runs our hostel. Not only did he tell us where ’the’ restaurant was, he generously escorted us there. As we walked, he addressed all who passed by with their names, including dogs and cats! He reminded one school-aged boy that he should be home by now. He picked up a stray newspaper from the street and deposited it in the nearest recycling bin. When we passed a clearing from the high hilltop, he smiled proudly at the stunning panoramic view and said,
“Credo che Proceno sia una città molto bella. Sei d’accordo?
We agreed wholeheartedly.
Acqapendente: As we were due for a rest day, and Richard’s cough and sinus infection proved to be quite stubborn, we decided to make it a short hike (8 km) to Acquapendente. We lingered over breakfast (an americano, a cappuccino, 2 marmalade croissants and a small bottle of water: 5 euros). That gave us a gloriously late start, putting us in Aquadependente by 11:30 a.m.
Once reaching the town, we immediately headed to the hospital. By an incredible stroke of luck, we met a woman there, Dominica, who had worked for the Canadian Embassy. She took us to the clinic and helped translate. (Insert 3 hours wait time, plus 1 hour doctor visit here).After showing his passport and international medical insurance card, Richard was examined and then sent for x-rays by wheelchair (yes, we see the irony here). Two medications were prescribed. When finished, Richard asked the cost. The doctor smiled and said “no charge” (total cost for prescriptions was 12 euros). We are hopeful that Richard will be on the mend soon. The incredible kindness of strangers will linger n our memories.
Casa di Lazzaro, Via Dei Cappuccini 23, Acquapendente. Tel: 0763-73.01.77 or 339-43.27383, firstname.lastname@example.org. Single and double rooms, including dinner and breakfast…all by donation. When we arrived, we saw Carla there. She was on her return trip home. Carla had highly recommended this accommodation to us…and we highly recommend it to you.