Tuesday, January 31

On Tuesday on our search for a blowdryer, curling iron and straightener we met an Italian gem.  Iris (Ear-is) quickly answered our questions in her best english and helped us pick out our food.  I ordered pasta that I later found out the meat with it was actually tuna.  A weird combo but great taste!  Iris was so helpful and tried her best to understand english and what we were trying to say.  She pointed us to a salon where we found a blowdryer and a straightener but no curling iron.  Bummer.  You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a store that sells one.  Later she explained how she doesn't need to take back, and by that she meant receive something in return for her kindness.  She said she only wants to be nice and that we should help each other and not expect anything in return.  Iris is a beautiful person, inside and out.  She was so kind and considerate to four young American girls.  Most locals are helpful but don't always go out of there way to help you but she went above and beyond.  What a good example and a great reminder.  This is our true calling in life to serve one another, always giving our selfs to each other in any way that we can.  We are to love our neighbor no matter who they are.  This is what God calls us to to do.  I am thankful for the reminder here in Italy.

At night we found a restaurant right around the the block from our apartment.  (You cross the Arno river from the Duomo, turn left and my apartment is down that road.  If you keep going straight from the Ponte Vecchio and one block down turn left and that is where we went to dinner)  Stevano was our server and I believe the owner, as well.  He is Italian but has a home in Florida.  So he gave us Americans a break.  He laughed at our poor Italian and taught us until we pronounced the words correctly.  (I don't remember the restaurants name but I'm sure i will be back to try the tortellini)

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Buona Notte (Goodnight)