Friday, 22 September 2017

Woke up very late today. 11:30 a.m.! Very much enjoying another full night’s sleep after months of waking up many times through the night. Maybe because I’m a floor above where the bathroom is located I don’t want to get out of bed. Who knows? Perhaps having the “bug” took some of my get-up-and-go.

The idea today was to leave a little after noon and take a train to Florence. Was out the door by 1:00 p.m. The Bologna station is only a 30 minute walk and is mostly downhill. Enjoyed looking in the stores and restaurants along the way. No tourists in this area, so I’m among the locals, which is nice for a change.

When I got to the station I discovered that most of the trains were already booked for the rest of the day. Good to know. I’ll wake up early tomorrow, leave for Pisa (which goes through Florence), and return to Florence for the rest of the day (Noon until 8:00 p.m.). If I need to return to Florence to see a little more, it is only 30 minutes by train from Bologna. I’ll see about going to Venice on Sunday or Monday.

About this time I started to not feel well at the station. It was nearly 3:00 and realized that I had a small breakfast of coffee, one slice of whole wheat bread, and a bowl of cereal. Also felt a bit dehydrated. I bought some water and took a taxi back to the flat. Then took a long nap.¬†Glad I’m not pushing myself and really get sick.

No need to get dinner or prepare it. Still have the pizza from last night. The pizza could still feed me tomorrow as well. (The medium sized pizza was only 8 Euros.)

Nice to have my laundry done, for the most part. I still have one more load of wash to complete. Reorganized my suitcase and once my clothes are dry, I’ll put them away in one of the many dresser drawers and closets in this flat. I’m thinking this place is too big for me. But it’s so quiet at night – that I appreciate very much!

Now have my tickets for tomorrow. They were emailed to me after my online purchase and will just need to show the conductor the ticket from my phone when asked. I have to be careful because some trains in Europe want you to have a paper ticket.

No pictures today. Before I leave, I’ll take some of the neighborhood and the university, which I found out was founded in 1088 and is the oldest continuing university and at the top of the best universities in Europe. And I’m next door to this. Yes, will look around – maybe on Monday. I’m here until next Thursday.

I expect to feel 100% tomorrow and will be up at 6:00 a.m. to ensure I have time to get ready for my day as a tourist.



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