On The Farm
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
91Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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We spent those nine days riding and feeding the donkeys..
Highlights include hiking into the mountains to a waterfall... and returning to the sounds of bells... expecting a herd of sheep and bumping into a filed of grazing horses... learning to make traditional noodles and sauces with Maria... driving through the Abruzzo national park... to ancient villages perched on hilltop peaks... getting lost for hours in the high mountain valleys... and finding our way out... by climbing up a hill to a mountain top cafe... ordering cafe latte and reflecting on the importance of "keeping your head" and remaining calm... eating pizza at a local restaurant... eating fruit from the trees and orchards surrounding the farm... figs, apricots, apples, plums and pears... spending time lazing about... soaking in the fresh air... and conversations with other farm stay guests... learning about their home countries of Trinidad, Brazil, Austria, New Zealand and France... watching the boys play with the other kids staying at the farm... learning to grill, Italian style, from Giuseppe... horseback riding through the countryside... across rivers... to an abandoned church in the woods... and just being engulfed in nature...
Left the farm and headed back to the Rome airport for a quick flight to our last stop... Bratislava, Slovakia... a small city tucked between the Danube river and the Small Carpathian Mountains...