Today brought a glorious cooling and with it a pace that was far different than the pace of enthusiastic exploring. A thunderstorm that came in from the south kept us indoors all morning. An extra coffee, a full load of laundry, another session of German lessons and lovely, uninterrupted conversation.
The day’s outing had been planned as a quick trip to Italy to take in the Saturday market and stock up on deliciousness found much cheaper in Euros. Once we thought the worst of the storm was over we set out to catch our coach.
The market was everything a good market should be. Bustling (albeit a bit soggy) shoppers, quirky vendors, cheap and gawdy wares, leather shoes to drool over and samples of the most amazing fruit, cheese and cured meats. We wandered the aisles for ages comparing prices and showing serious contemplation for each sample we tasted. We came away with a feast, proscuitto cut melt-in-your-mouth thin, fresh bread, Parmigiano-Reggiano, melon, anchovies and of course wine. Narrowly escaped the purchase of a pair of new shoes I so did not need!
Not everyone thought the trip to the market was amazing. The kids first impression of Italy is a bit poor…
But at least this trip we didn’t need to deal with the lack of toilet seats…a whole other toilet adventure instead.
And back to Lugano in time for the sun to come out. The trouble with a day like this is that the lack of walking makes the feasting feel entirely glutinous. Here’s hoping tomorrow offers more opportunity to keep the balance just right.
We did want to offer a helpful interpretation to anyone finding themselves on a train and unsure about the rules. The Swiss, after all, are known for their order and civility. These symbols really are proof that they’ve thought of everything. If you see these symbols, this is what they mean:
We’re hoping tomorrow brings the sun back out. We need to get back to walking as adjusting the quantity and quality of what we’re eating is definitely not an option.