And Now, Italy

Dear Family and Friends,
The last time I wrote you, I had just arrived in Marrakech. I stayed there this past week and had an amazing time. Thank you for your suggestions and advice. I will write in detail about my visit in my blog, but in the meantime, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve finally started posting pictures. Check out my blog site and look for a link to pictures on the right hand side of the page.

I flew back to Madrid on Tuesday and made it just in time to catch a 5am bus to La Tomatina festival in Bunol, a five hour drive from Madrid. The tomato-tossing festival, billed as the “biggest food fight in the world,” is, in two words, Pure Madness. Bunol, the otherwise sleepy town of 5,000, swells to 20,000 for the festival, and all are packed into the narrow streets of the old town. Then the wet clothes and tomatoes start flying, and it’s pandemonium. By the time we finished, the streets ran thick with tomato puree (sorry, couldn’t resist).  More to come in the blog.

I am now in Rome. I flew in last night, and I expect to be here for at least another two days. Then I will work my way north to see Florence, Pisa, Cinqueterre, and Venice. I am excited about finally seeing Italy and looking forward especially to the food. As always, if you have any tips/advice/suggestions, please send them my way.

I hope all is well at home!

And thanks again for your emails and comments on the blog!

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