Rather than going to Florence yesterday, I decided to go today because I was offered a horse-back-riding lesson with the instructor, Eraldo, yesterday. The lesson was wonderful! Eraldo is an incredible trainer, as he explains things to me extremely well. The horse that I rode, Amadeo, was a joy and extremely well trained. I also think I am doing so well at riding because I am completely relaxed and I can focus on the sport.
Farm life here is quite simple and there is not a constant stress. I feel entirely energized, happy, and on top of that my body is responding extremely well! I have lost at least 3 pounds and I have no idea how, as I have two course meals twice a day, every day, with pasta included in every meal! It is not that I haven’t been eating!
Anyways, Florence was quite nice today. I didn’t go into any art museums or do tourist-like things. Instead, I decided that I wanted to see what the streets of Florence were like and took a long walk. I started with the infamous Florence market and shopped for gifts for my loved ones at home. Just like last year, I absolutely loved the market! When you walk through the market, it smells of Italian leather and everything is very well priced.
After the market, I kind of lost myself in the city (don’t worry I had a map to find my way back). I wandered through piazza after piazza and explored the architecture and statutes, along with the paintings, jewelry, pottery, ect. that artists of Florence were displaying.
In the afternoon my legs got tired after walking so much, so I decided to stop into a bistro in a beautiful piazza. I got a lovely glass of Pinot Grigio and a cheese and meat board to snack on. The guy who owned the bistro was extremely nice to me and chatted with me for about 2 hours. He ended up giving me free lemon cake!
I found the bottle that the water came in romantic because it could potentially be me and Luca’s symbol. =P
It was a lovely break from the farm, but I’m happy to be back in my fairytale world. Life in the real world was not quite as relaxing. Tomorrow the Italian girls come for their English language/horse camp. I’m nervous about how I will get along with them, but I have a positive attitude about it.