Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Trip Start Dec 01, 2013
Trip End Dec 17, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Umbria,
Sunday, December 8, 2013

At breakfast this morning--to my right a young man from Malaysia, to my left a woman from Mexico City living in Manila, next to her a woman from Shanghai, next to her a woman from Sydney, next to her a man from the US who spends much of the year in India.  The conversation was silly and serious, about meditation and the best pizza in Perugia, about the latest mantra and the latest fashion trends.  What a joy to be surrounded by such diversity!  Is it idealistic to imagine a world of people from various nationalities, religious perspectives, ages, races getting along and uplifting/inspiring one another?  It's been fun to spend a few days with Sikh friends and to have my own personal faith expanded and deepened in the process.  It has been fun catching up with friends from previous years and making new ones.

I did manage to catch a bit of the cold that's been going around the group--oh well.  At least it isn't like the cold I caught in Paris last February . . . that was a nasty one!  I'm still up and about and not too terribly inconvenienced.  Which is a good thing because after lunch today we are heading back to Rome for a couple of days.  Because of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, it should be wild by the Spanish Steps (where we're staying).  We'll know once we get into Rome just how wild it's going to be and how far we'll have to walk with our luggage if the taxi can't get to the hotel because of street closings.  I look forward to visiting the Antica Enoteca for dinner.

My photo task yesterday was to take face photos.  I have to admit that because I wasn't feeling 100% I failed in the task . . . miserably.  I took some photos but nothing like what I have imagined doing.  I'll see if I can make up for it today.

In any case, enjoy what I've got to post and perhaps my next blog will have more interesting stuff.

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