Yesterday afternoon I met three of my classmates for a tour of the cellar (freezing) and a wine tasting at Cantina Crociani. The wine is delicious and reasonably priced, although I didn’t buy any because Maria left a bottle as a gift on my kitchen table. I decided I needed to eat something besides pasta, so I went to a little restaurant close by, Osteria del Conte. Jack, Richard, and I ate there in 2013. So it was just me with my homework, but I had a glass of Vino Nobile for only 4.50 Euro. I think I am coming down with a cold and sore throat. At first, I thought it was allergies. At any rate, I’m going to the Farmacia during la pausa oggi to get something, plus lots of Kleenex. My energy level is high, and I don’t have a fever, so maybe it’s just my system adjusting to the flora and fauna here. But glorious gift: the sun is out today! All day! I’m skipping the movie to take advantage of the sunshine by going for una passaggiatta in campagna. Off to class.
Piu tarde. Another good day of class. At first I was disappointed to be repeating the imperfetto, but everyone else in the class was reviewing it also, and Silvia, our afternoon teacher, is wonderful. She makes it fun, and it takes a lot of practice. Bob also hangs out at Caffe Poliziano and knows the baristas there. He reminds me a lot of Patrick McNally, a co-worker. He’s also been to Il Sasso several times. During the second pausa, I ran into Vicenzo who worked at the gelateria last summer. He immediately recognized me. I asked if he was selling gelato in the summer; he said he now sold beer. I ran into the elderly woman who owns the cat I love to pet in the window. We chatted, and I found out the name of the cat: Oliver. He is 13 and very affectionate as is Tony. I also took photos of my favorite alleys now that the sun is out! Today and tomorrow, and the rain again, cloudy Friday, and six solid days of rain after that.