I guess I would be the city mouse in the country these days (the childrens literature reference is for you, mom). Its something I assumed I would embrace and I have for the most part. The peace and quiet, along with fresh country air has been an amazing change of pace- so relaxing and lovely. Every once in awhile I get a craving to be somewhere with a little more energy, but try to push that down and just enjoy my time here in beautiful Tuscany. Because before you know it, I will be back in crazy NYC, annoyed with tourists and locals who dont obey subway etiquette.
My days are spent with classes for 4 hours in the morning and then afternoons free. Ive been mostly relaxing in the apartment for a the bit and eating lunch, then heading out for some sightseeing. The main sights of Montepulciano took about 2 days to complete, but I have been making adventures for myself and taking different trails here and there. Yesterday, I hiked down a hill and back (very steeply!!) to a pretty little church on some farmland, then attended a wine tasting with school back in town. This weekend will be filled with some sidetrips- Pienza this afternoon (home of Pecornino cheese- could this be my trip to mecca?), and then Siena and Cortona this weekend.
Thanks for all the sweet messages- miss you all!
Hope all is well in your worlds-
Wine tasting with the United Nations of classmates
La chiesa San Biagio
View of Piazza Grande after a long tower (Palazzo Comunale) climb up
After the rain...