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A Roman Recovery

Today was our last full day in Italy.

After spending the day in bed yesterday we took the time to revisit (our first time was 12 years ago) the Coliseum, Forum and surrounding areas.We managed to accumulate ten miles on these weary bodies of ours. My heels are not happy.Room service, bed and Charleston by tomorrow night.

Day 5 of the Via Francigena

Well rested and ready to hit the trail again.St. Vincent to Verres – 11 miles and 7 hours including a lengthy lunch break.

The morning was a series of up and down. There’s nothing like a straight up hill to get your blood pumping. The ground was damp from the yesterday’s rain and dew drops glistened in the morning sun. Fall was in the air.We gathered that as small children we all cut our hair (you know that one spot, crooked and close to your head) and we all put our tongue on a frozen pipe or fence. Like minds think alike.

We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.” – Maya Angelou

With the beauty that surrounds us we took the wrong path. Upon finding the correct path Bill said “You know how they say all roads lead to Rome? That’s bullshit.” Darrell quickly followed “Some lead to a castle that you don’t want to go to.”Bill and I purposely walked upon the furrows in the rocks worn down by Roman wagons. I tried to teleport myself back to Ancient times.

There was one small town that gave us the opportunity to have a delicious lunch. Salad, ragú, carbonara, bruschetta and seafood salad.Back to the Via following the River Dora with its intriguing glacial water.We are at the Ostella (hostel) Il Casello tonight.We have private rooms with a shared bath/shower room. It rests right next to the train tracks. The roof shingles blowing in the wind should lull us to sleep tonight.Here’s Roxanne’s post and photos:

The Fab Five are back on The Via to Rome after a lay over to breath in the mountain air at the base of the Matterhorn and to bathe in the spa waters of Saint Vincent.

Batam, Indonesia

Day trip from Singapore to Batam via the ferry.

We stepped out of high rises, high-lights and high prices to well…. the complete opposite.

Parked right around the corner from the Singapore terminal was Paul Allen’s (Microsoft co-founder) 414 foot, $200 million yacht named Octopus – the biggest privately owned yacht in the world.

We had 2 choices – the island of Batam or Bintan. We were told to go to Bintan because it had luxurious resorts, shopping and nice beaches.

We chose Batam.

A short taxi ride to Nagoya for the best massages ever. A little Indonesian lunch and a bottle of wine from the tiny duty free shop – 75% cheaper than in Singapore. It’s going to taste that much better too.

The exchange rate from roughly one to one to $1 equals $10,000 rupiahs.

The night sky was especially beautiful on the return trip.

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Zigzagging and being present

Bill and I are yogis – enjoying the practice 4 times a week keeps us committed, flexible and forever trying to be present.

Shavasana is when we are to be most present.  Per Wikipedia it is intended to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. In Shavasana, practitioners’ breath deepens, and the stress of the day is released. The yogi forgets all other thoughts and surrenders any psychological effort. While in Shavasana, yogis slip into blissful neutrality and reflect on the practice.

Yeah right – we also make plans and lists….

However, travel – from experiencing all the beauty in between using a bathroom with urine overflowing the brim to seeing a dead man laying on the street – gives me the most opportunities to be “present”.

Everything is new. Engaged in our surroundings there is no room for lists and planning and there are no expectations.

I always thought golf, scuba diving and being with the kids made me present. However, upon reflection golf is just a plain masochistic way of being present – scuba diving has me constantly looking for sharks and being with the kids (best of all) still has me being the mom.

World exploration is good for the soul.  It has helped me become more accepting and tolerant. I am constantly learning. Reflection and deeper thinking has lead to more understanding.

When present I don’t have time to fear.  It affords me the opportunity to get out of my head.

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

Photo of the Day 305

Built directly into solid rock. 

Known as Church of the Rock – Rock Church and Temppeliakio. 

I think the designers were channeling Frank Lloyd Wright.

October 31, 2016

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