Monday Morning I got up at 05:00 after an hour or two of sleep – I ended up reading for most of the night when I realized I could not fall asleep – I picked up Jon and we left his house at 06:30. From Albuquerque to Dulles airport and then across the puddle. Paris airport, 6AM. Pain au chocolat and black tea for me and a croissant and espresso for Jon. We arrived in Milan on Tuesday Morning at 10:35 and were at the hotel at 11:30. Rooms not available yet. Dead tired we left our luggage and walked around the corner and found an outdoor cafe, where we ate lunch, delicious paninis. More walking and back at the hotel to check in at 13:00.
Internet in the hotel is €17-22 per 24 hours. Highway robbery. I hope the Blue Note has wireless Internet acces and so I can try to upload photos there on Thursday.
In the afternoon I played guitar for a couple of hours. The first painless (((except for one jolt))) guitar practice since I sliced my finger 9 days ago. Tuesday Evening I walked around for a couple of hours and took a bunch of photos. Then I kept myself up, finishing the new Dan Brown novel, to move my body to the European schedule. Not a great book, but it does contain some interesting information, especially about D.C. and American history. A couple of Brown’s statements about Buddhism are plain wrong.
Here are some photos from the Tuesday Evening walk:
Wednesday Morning I took another walk. A cappuccino here and an espresso there. I like the area around the hotel a lot. Haven’t seen it on a map yet. Thought about the current era, the problems, the danger of climate change and then I thought about the middle ages and the plague and how desperate those times must have been. Especially how strange it was that so many people died simply because they believed and prayed. Churches were the biggest source of infection, because many people came together, and of course they all dipped their hands into the holy water… Every time has its own difficulty and challenge.
Back to the hotel and some work on the slideshow, which I think is still improving quite a bit. It is now about 2.6GB in size.
The Milanese tap water is wonderful! Either that or the hotel is filtering their tap water.