Everyone took advantage of the weather to get the laundry done, including us. Good thing. Two more days of rain now.We've been here almost three weeks now. There is a subtle feeling I wanted to get across to you. I don’t want to generalize, so this is only my observation—that moving to a country where you don’t (yet!) know the language well--or the customs, your fears as well as your sense of adventure are accentuated. This leads to more highs and lows than you might experience during a routine existence where everything is all-too-familiar. You have pushed your comfort level to the extreme setting. It’s in the red zone.
One minute I am thinking, “what am I doing here?” and next minute a man outside the restaurant starts to chat with me in a very friendly way that I am not used to in my country. He is younger, I am a woman of “a certain age” and I am pretty much used to being ignored. I notice right away that this weird feeling is that I am being treated…like a person. Then, just a few minutes later, an older man on his cell phone spots me sitting outside enjoying the sun and starts talking to me about the weather. I get that person feeling again and realize that I like this. I like being here--even though it can be very difficult just getting things done I used to take for granted. The same feeling I think applies to Doug when the mail carrier here in Santa Domenica hands him our mail from America out on the street sparing him the long line in the post office. Even if Nuncia at the local store waves at us every day from inside the store when we walk by because we are their best customers, it still happens and feels different than going by Safeway—in a good way.
It has not been an easy three weeks, but it hasn’t been that difficult, either. Like Vince, we have figured out that while the stick in the surf isn’t just quietly going down the river as we are used to, we can brave the wave and get it. For example, I found a great plant nursery Wednesday and I took a deep breath trying to figure out how to communicate and then found that plant people speak the same language all over the world, and they deliver!