12 giugno 2017
I cleared customs in Germany, which was both very helpful and a little disappointing when upon collecting my bags in Rome I realized I had no long wait ahead of me, but would get no passport stamp from Italy.
Instead of waiting an hour for a customs official too preoccupied with his cell phone and cigarette to even look up and see if my face matched my passport like last year, I rolled my bag off the carousel and straight out into the throngs of waiting drivers.
If that horde wasn’t a metaphora per la vita, I’ve never seen one. An almost imaginary barrier held back the men calling over each other for a fare and just past the desperation, stood the wall of confident men who already have a name. I found the one holding mine on a sign and followed him to my air-conditioned car.
There’s a man at home holding my name, too, and I realize this is not a solo journey. I wouldn’t be here without him. I’m not here without him. He’s in mio coure and on mio mente.
I was working on hour 30 without sleep, so that I was able to locate a supermarket and will my legs to take me to it is all I need to call my arrival a success. I shopped simple and had a rather crude caprese salad for dinner. I’m happy to report that tomatoes still taste as magical as I remember. I’d forgotten that even the black pepper in Europe is better than what is available at home. My olive oil tastes like earth – the way it should. Mozzarella di bufala is sold here the way I buy yarn at home – in 100 gram balls.
I did my dishes and fell into bed for a four hour nap. I woke up around 10pm, made myself a snack of blackberries and Prosecco and played some music. I think I’m going to get used to this.
I think I already am.
Tomorrow, I conquer public transportation.
2 thoughts on “Giorno 1”
Must brush up on some of this Italian that’s staring at me on my piano’s music holder. (Sometimes I think the book follows me with its words, oh well.) Anyway, I’m glad you are safe and sound and praying that you and Kelley are able to get together while you are there. Ciao.
Soon we will.