It is truly lovely here. The city is dense but seems very livable. Last night three of us went out for a drink after dinner, and the streets were bustling, people were out drinking and socializing. But unlike at home, where at midnight the only people out would be young people, often getting rowdy and obnoxious and drunk, people of all ages were out to enjoy each other’s company. It felt more like community, rather than older people in their homes and the night owned by the young and inexperienced.
My flight over was uneventful, and I stayed up well past the point of exhaustion to make the leap to Italian time. Last I slept 10 hours and feel great today.
I wandered the streets for a bunch, having slept past the informal meeting time this morning. The agenda today doesn’t start until 3pm, when we get a debrief and a walking tour of parts of the city.
I have included some photos below from my first evening and morning.