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Tuscany in May

May 7, 2009

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We were actually desperately in need of a break. My PhD graveyard shifts, CC’s pregnancy sickness and the long winter turned rainy spring demanded a little change of the dreary routine. And the only remnant of socialist past universally cherished by all Slovenes – the first of May hollidays – came just in/on time. Unlike the past years when we would amke a traditional pilgrimage to Bosnia for a week of house work,  endless stories of suffering and ill faith and cunning plans of avoiding the two, we opted for some relaxing. Tuscany offered the perfect stage for that (Croatia was dumped because of expensive and crappy apartments to rent and Berlin lost after two hours to Italian cousine while the obvious solution of flying to Istanbul was a bit more than we wanted to spend).

Our friend G. skimmed the local paper for weather forecast that he could not find; we looked at real estate offerings.

Our friend G. skimmed the local paper for weather forecast that he could not find; we looked at real estate offerings.

If I say that we were not after the stereotypical cypres trees et.al, it does not mean that we did not enjoy them or that we were not after stereotypes as such. What we wanted were good coffee and food against the miese-en-scene of the old cities, the Mediteranean style easiness among the red bricks and green hills. Some red wine in the evening and fresh pastry during the day. And to spend time with Tamara.

A cluster of three days of public holidays (April 27 and May 1 and 2) is one of those »events« that help Slovenes structure the year into manageable slots. It is a bit of a lottery as the three dates of public holidays slightly shift through the working week each year and this year we hit a jack pot – taking additional two days of work awarded one with a week of holidays. My university closed for a week.
A cluster of three days of public holidays (April 27 and May 1 and 2) is one of those »events« that help Slovenes structure the year into manageable slots. It is a bit of a lottery as the three dates of public holidays slightly shift through the working week each year and this year we hit a jack pot – taking additional two days of work awarded one with a week of holidays. My university closed for a week.

We got all of that. Plus some rain we did not really ask for ;)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2009 1:16 am

    I didn’t know you folks were expecting a new member of the family! Congratulations! This makes it easier for me to think of a “thank you” gift to CC for her wonderful knit cupcakes.

    Action Girl and I always do the same thing when vacationing someplace beautiful. Look at real estate listings! It’s fun to think about, at any rate. I love the little cherub asleep on the plank. What’s the significance?

    -Turkish Prawn

  2. May 16, 2009 9:58 pm

    Thanks Turkish. It looks like we have lots of common points. Real estate ads are a must for us. We can skip the local cousine but not the listings :) The little cherub is probably nothing more than a very lazy piece of advertising – it’s a snap of a display I took in front of a local crafs shop.

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