Back to work July 14, 2006Posted by fukumimi in general.
Apologies for the unannounced absence. I’ve been on a well deserved holiday, the first decent vacation in about 4 years. I’m back refreshed and raring to go.
I did a 10 day trip to Europe, most of the time spent in Italy. It was a foodie road trip, spending most of the time in Tuscany, returning to the region after a 10 year hiatus. The food and wine were enjoyable as ever. Tuscany seemed to be taken over by Americans whilst we were there, in August of course Tuscany becomes the English enclave called Chiantishire. Our most memorable nights were in rural Tuscany, in a wonderful hotel outside the village of Montalcino, renowned for its Brunello red wine. The hotel was located on a ridge with spectacular views of the valleys below filled with vineyards and olive trees. The weather was glorious, hot for sure, but with much less humidity than Tokyo, so I wasn’t sweating like a pig like I do everyday during my commute into work here.
The last couple of nights were spent in Milan, catching up on some shopping (it was sale season in Milan, as luck would have it), and just happened to coincide with the World Cup final, which meant that of course I had to head out to the Piazza del Duomo where a giant screen was set up hosting tens of thousands of mad italian football fans. Howls of protest when the Zidane headbutt reply was shown, a massive cheer when the ref reached into his back pocket and showed red. You could hear a pin drop when the penalties were taken, the crowd bursting into cheers as the Italian players scored, and also when the French missed. After it was all over, absolute mayhem, into the early hours. It was great fun, I don’t suppose I’ll be in a country celebrating a World Cup victory with the locals very often. A memorable evening.
European hotels still mostly charge extortionate rates for internet access, and that was a good excuse to try to test my psychological dependency on internet access. I must say, it was hard. It really is psychologically addictive, more so than alcohol, and nearly as bad as nicotine withdrawal.
And now, back to work and blogging. A lot of backlog to process on both fronts….