Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
72Trip End Dec 02, 2009
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I landed in Bergamo and dropped my bags at security. I braved another intense downpour. Major enough to actually make me pull out my bright red rain coat. And the lightning was right at the airport. The thunder made a 40-year-old tough guy next to me at the bus stop clasp his ears like a little girl. Made me chuckle.
Bergamo was everything you told me it would be, Molly! I loved it. And took two funiculars. And had amazing vegetarian lasagna
Then I took the shuttle to Milan, slept some more, and met my new hostel-mates. We went to this fabulous happy hour where you buy a 6 euro tall beer and then get access to their Italian buffet. More like Italian feast. There were easily 5 antipasti platters (and I mean huge platters), 5 pasta platters, 4 pizzas, 4 seafood or meat entree platters and then 2 or 3 dishes and cake pans of sweets. And they just kept replenishing the food. It was fantastic. We then headed to the city to see the Duomo at night. It was really cool but SO WET. Man, Paris and Milan can let loose with some rain.
Today I returned to the Duomo by underground. Again, I'm so much better at that mode of transport. It's just bizarre. I wandered around, was bummed that the archaeological site and duomo museum were both closed for renovations, went to an a-mazing vegetarian restaurant (more to come on that) and then returned to the duomo to take a nap on the roof -- no I'm not exaggerating, then came back downstairs, attended mass at the duomo and headed home. I didn't really see much of Milan, but I have to get some kind of points for spending almost 6 hours in or around a church!
So. The vegetarian place. I had read about in Rick Steve's book (by the way, turns out his name only has one "e" not 2 like I've been spelling it. And when I say turns out, I mean I finally actually looked at the cover of the book). It's a vegetarian restaurant. I know! A vegetarian restaurant in Italy, how could I not go? So I went. It was packed but I got what I believe is the best seat in the house
So delicious in fact that I asked the little old Italian woman if I could possibly study with her. (I know, who do I think I am? The guy who wrote 'Heat'?) She said that if I came back in mid-November she would let me watch her and talk to me about "cucina". I told her that I could come the first week but would be in Spain the rest of November and then back home. She said something in Italian with a big smile and everybody laughed. I said, "Well, I had to ask!" with an equally big smile. I'm just hoping that whatever she said in Italian wasn't, "Okay then, let's have you come tomorrow and get started." But I don't think it was. :)
Tonight I'm again in Milan. After that huge meal, and my nap on the roof of the Duomo, I opted to skip dinner. But now it's 11pm and I'm regretting my decision. I may grab a slice of pizza. But now I'm entering annoying Facebook update territory. "____ is eating lunch" "_____ is tired" " ____ is awake" Thanks for the notice.
Anyway, I was going to poll the crowd for my next move. My plan HAD been to go to Lake Como tomorrow. But it's off season and the weather should be in the high 60's so not really 'laying out' temps. I'm sure Lake Como is beautiful but how beautiful? I have a 2-day metro pass so I could also just hang around Milan tomorrow and see more than just the duomo. Or I could move on to Verona or elsewhere. I think I've decided to scrap Prague for a cooking class somewhere in Italy.