- Woke 5:30 a.m., drive to Milan airport
- Sat at small "restaurante" (?) and had "Cafe Americano" - Mom had blueberry muffin, Allen (3 Euro!) fresh squeezed orange juice
- Went through metal detector, visa check, customs
- Flight from Milan - GREAT to hear "Good Morning" from pilot after so long!
Like music to my ears.
- Sat next to girl who seemed Italian on way to Tennessee (quiet due to headache) - good - no loud person sitting all that distance :)
- Arrived in Atlanta airport @3:20 p.m. Eastern time (seemed like 9:20 p.m. Italy time)
- Major line in customs & security @1 hr 45 min wait
- Called home
- Flight layover 5 hrs - bought 'Chicken Soup' book & ate Burger King for the first time in sooo long.
- Watched football & learned that K-State beat NU - Oh No! I was happy to see football again??
- Italians - No lids! (Some in Venice)
- Germans - Doutchland - they seem to have it right - lids! (But no wash clothes)
- Flusher on WALL.
These are my bathroom observations, of course.
- Rome train station - beggar throwing & yelling at passengers
- "Tourist trap" - pay @.60 Euro to use bathroom in tourist attractions
Hold it for the train, if at all possible.
- Italian kids/teenagers riding Metro/train to school, no parents along
Can't even imagine doing that in the USA.
- Dinner starts @7:30 p.m., restaurants open at @7 p.m. -> midnight
Eating is a major event for Italians.
- Skinny cows - not allowed out of barn in farms (Mom to start Cow Rights organization)
Good reason NOT to order steak while in Italy.
- Germans speak more English to tourists than Italians ("Healthier" because they eat more? better?)
- Poor country - employment poor, living
- In Rome - motor scooters everywhere like bees buzzing around, men/women both riding them
So good to be home again.