Friday, July 23, 2010

L'inizio
The best way I can explain life in Lucca is that it is like a royal family has abdicated and left you the castle and the food supply, but a bureaucratic insurgency has taken over and everyone you need help from is either played by Mr. Bean or Lilly Tomlin when she has had not had enough sleep.

The castle B is a fun place, and the landlord loved our painting of the Buddha in the living room--which was a tremendous relief.

We went to the middle school and they said to come back the week before school to find out which of the sections A through I is for T. There are 25 kids in a class. We got a book list, but it is fairly specific and so we have to wait for the class assignment. Luckily, they don't have any summer homework. School won't start until the 15th of september.

We are planning a housewarming party in two weeks and T made the invitations. That should be a story.

It is hot hot hot here, record breaking over a hundred and I wear a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses and come home kind of dazed after a bit. I don't know if it is our fitflops or the fact that all of the ground surfaces here resemble that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but all three of us have developed quite the calf muscles.

I want in my next life to come back as a crumb in a rustic biscotto we found because I could happily live my whole life inside that cookie. T wants to reincarnate as gelato in a medio cono and F will probably be a very colorful vegetable.

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