Super 8 Canandaigua
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... quoted Christian, the tour guide we had in Chianti, on this, but his quote has been stuck in my head: “In America you eat for fuel, and in Italy you eat for pleasure.” The meals really reflected this. I remember preparing for the trip and Meg warned me that you aren’t supposed to eat and walk at the same time; it is considered rude to eat on the go and not to sit and enjoy the food and the people around you.
Not only that, but meals ...
... then ENJOY them. Savor them. Set the fork down. Talk. Linger. And, of course, end with an espresso (but probably decaf, so I can sleep). Most of all - eat at the table.
I think someone said, maybe Christian, even, that Americans eat to fuel themselves. Italians eat for pleasure. I'd like to think there's a balance there, of good fuel (fresh vegetables, lean meats) and great pleasure (decadent olive oil, dessert every once in a while, enjoying the company ...
... in to places that looked cute.
And we had a great time (well, except for that one time we got legitimately lost and ended up walking along a highway for awhile in the dark).
Where's the balance between using technology and being spontaneous?
I'd like to experience getting lost and uncovering adorable places with Bob. I hope we find places off the beaten path that I didn't star in advance. I hope we ...
I did a trial run this weekend for packing and it turns out these hiking bags are not very big. I know what you're thinking: "Of course, Meg. That's why everyone looked at you like you were crazy when you said you were only packing one hiking backpack."
Okay, so my spatial reasoning leaves much to be desired. BUT - I'm glad I did a trial run, because I realized a few things that were entirely unnecessary.
Paperless is the Way to Go
Over the weekend we started the challenging job of packing for our 3 week vacation in multiple climates. Add to that the airline restrictions and it becomes a major puzzle. To play it safe we are taking 3 checked bags. Never done that before. Fortunately the airline allows us each 2 bags so we are good to go.
We're just about done however and we are ready (and excited) to go. Tomorrow ...