The Latest Move
This last week has mostly been devoted to moving into and getting things settled in our new apartment. It took 5 trips to move all our belongings here. We were walking and rolling carry-on luggage about a kilometer, or approximately 1/2 mile each way. You might think that us walking the winding little streets pulling luggage would be a strange sight, but not so. Believe it or not, on any given day you will see many people doing just that. People come and go from the ferries to and from hotels and B&Bs. So we just fit right in.
Sunday night was our first night here. They hadn’t turned on our power, so we had our rental agent check on it for us. She called back to say that it might take 5 days until they came to turn on our power. We were frustrated to say the least, but we bought prayer candles and prepared to make the best of a not-so-good situation.
We only went one night without electricity because one of our new neighbors, Maria, saw us outside looking at the electrical boxes, and asked if we had power. She seemed slightly disbelieving (outraged!) that they would not turn our power on, and she made a phone call on our behalf. I think she has been living here a long time and has all the right connections. Once again it is who you know. We were very thankful!
Our apartment is small, but all new! They just put in a brand new refrigerator, stove top and oven, washing machine, bathroom fixtures, shower, lighting fixtures, sinks, countertops, flooring, intercom system, sofa, furniture, and even brand brand new pillows and mattress still wrapped in plastic. The walls were newly painted and we got our choice of colors for curtains, and they should arrive today. They are putting in a new A/C and heating unit, but the guy, Mario, said it would be a week before he could do it. It gets hot here in the afternoons so I hope he puts a rush on it, but that is not the Italian way unfortunately!
One of the first things we did when the power came on was to go to the store across the street and buy a microwave. It is the one thing we have missed a lot for the last month, as it makes it hard to heat things up without one. Another thing we have missed is a toaster, but they are way overpriced here, and we decided to forego it for the time being.
We have some furniture and household items that will be shipped here in a few weeks, so we are trying not to buy anything we don’t absolutely need. Our teacher, Valeria, gave us some towels and glasses and mugs. She even bought us a basil plant as a gift for our new place. We bought a couple of pots and pans, etc., that we won’t need once our things get here, but only because we can’t go without them.
Speaking of Valeria, it was she that helped us find this place. We only had a month to find a place, and we were originally going to be looking on the main island of Sardinia. Then we fell in love with this island and started looking for places to rent here. Ed would call the numbers listed on rentals and leave his number, and no one would call back.
We looked at one place that was beautiful and we were tempted to rent it. It had a dishwasher and 2 small balconies and was in a really beautiful gated building with lots of outdoor patio space on the property, but the apartment itself seemed too small. We would have been okay there, but when all our stuff gets here it would be way overcrowded. Fortunately, Valeria helped us by introducing us to Claudia, the rental agent, and Claudia brought us over here to show us this place. I think it was meant to be! We have since found out that the reason no one called us back, was because Ed was giving out the wrong number. The number he was giving out was one digit off!!
We got locked out yesterday! Mario was here hooking up the intercom system. He and our new landlord had just left and we went out to see which buzzer was ours and check to see if it worked. It is 3 steps from our door to the outside door, so we walked out and opened the outside door. Then the wind from the outside door blew our apartment door shut. Oh shit!! We were stranded outside with our phones and keys inside! I had shoes on, so I quickly ran around the building and got Mario’s attention just as he was driving away. To make a long story short, he had an extension ladder in his van and put it up against the building. He climbed over onto the balcony and in the open patio door into our apartment and came around to let us in. How funny and embarrassing! It will never happen again, I swear.
Enough with the apartment stuff. You can see the pictures and see the view, etc.
Instead, I want to talk about other things we did this week, like spending time at the beach. There are many beaches here. This particular beach has bars where you can sit and watch the sunset. We couldn’t stay that long because the last bus back into town was around 7 pm and the sunset was at almost 9, which kinda sucks! I would love to watch the sunset from the Bassa Trinita beach while sipping a nice glass of wine. How romantic! I will have to wait until the sun starts setting earlier or we get a rental car for the day.
We spent a couple of evenings with our Swiss “spy” turned friend. He has an amazing crib and we had drinks with him there one night. I can’t say too much because he is a bit secretive (paranoid!) and he doesn’t want to be tracked. He doesn’t even download apps on his phone from the app store because he has to sign in, which gives them your name, phone number, email address and, as he said, “the last time you went to the bathroom!” I have noticed that he seems to have a mind for finances and electronics. Also, languages. This will no doubt take him far in life.
The evenings around here are amazing. The town has free entertainment every night, and it is a large draw. There is always something to do, but it doesn’t start until 9 or 10 pm. We watched motorcycles doing daredevil stunts one night. They did lots of jumps, releasing their hands in midair, or sometimes holding on to the handle bars and lifting their legs straight up midair. The crowd loved it. Once they had people lay down side by side on the ground and jumped over them.
Another night we watched an artistic dance performance. Last night there was a Madonna cover band that was really good. There is always something happening, and it seems everyone old and young turns out.
One night about 1 am when we were hanging out in town with our Swiss friend, who still must remain nameless, a couple of young guys from Lake Como came over to talk to us. We were speaking with our friend in English and Italian. They heard us and spoke to us in English, and threw in some Italian. Then as we were all talking about where all the action was (yes, they asked us old people) some other people from France came over and started to talk to us in English. The Italians also spoke to them in French, but the rest of us didn’t. Between all the English, Italian, French and German we all spoke, it made me feel really blessed to meet such diverse types of people. One of the amazing things that I love about Europe.
Yesterday, I started planning Ed’s birthday celebration, which will happen in less than 2 weeks. I already knew where it would be happening, but I started making the hotel reservation and working out the details on how it will happen. For people who don’t know, I could have lost Ed in 2012 when he had a heart attack. I am so grateful that didn’t happen! We have been celebrating every year since in grand fashion, because he has been given the gift of additional years of life. As usual, we will be celebrating in more than one country. He got really excited yesterday when I showed him some pictures. This year it will be scaled back a little, because of the expense of our move, and because I recently retired, but it will still be nice. So, as I mentioned before, non vedo l’ora!
Ciao for now!