by Melinda Gallo

Almost back to normal

Things have been going a million miles a minute for the last few weeks. We changed apartments, we went out to get things for our new apartment, and we had our first party. On Monday morning when I woke up, I decided I wasn't going anywhere. And, yesterday, I felt the same. I didn't leave the apartment for two days and it felt great! This morning; however, I finally decided to go outside.

Sara came over Monday for lunch because she couldn't make it to the party. We ate up some of the avanzi (leftovers) and chatted for awhile. Simone came over to pick up the plates on that same evening, but was exhausted from painting his place, moving back in, and working that he didn't stay long.

Yesterday, I walked out onto the terrazza (terrace) and felt what I assumed must be Arctic winds. I rushed back into our warm apartment and just peered out at the sky for a minute because I couldn't bear standing outside.

Today, I had an appointment downtown this afternoon, so it was a good time for me to stop off and say hello to a few friends of mine downtown because they'll be going away at the end of the week for the holidays.

Florence has its own rhythm, which I can't help but notice. There seem to be more people in the streets, but fewer elsewhere. For example, my palestra (gym) was practically empty today. Normally at 1PM when I'm leaving, the spogliatoio (locker room) is packed, but today there were only two of us getting changed. It's as if everyone is spending every waking moment shopping.

Next week will most likely be quiet in Florence as a lot of people are going away for the week between Christmas and New Year's. Most of our friends will be away. Hopefully, it won't be too cold outside as I'm hoping to walk around the relatively quiet streets of Florence.

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