The month of May began with fury here in Italy. The first was the start of the 2015 EXPO in Milano and a national labor holiday. Some of you may have seen clips of the disruption on the news. The media made it seem as though the entire city was on fire. In actuality a couple of cars were destroyed and the Black Block set fire to a bank. Still pretty terrible things if you ask me, but again, confined to a small area of the city. The very next morning, residents banned together to clean up the streets that were vandelized by the protesters, showing that they would not let their city be tainted by a few radicals. Most of which are not from Milan by the way... It just so happened that the small area of the city affected was only a couple of blocks from where I live. I don't agree with their position on things, and I think the EXPO has the potential to bring many positive things to Milan. Thank you to those of you who reached out to check up on me! I can assure you that it looked much worse on TV than it was.
Thankfully Christopher planned ahead for us to travel to Tuscany knowing that things may get a bit interesting in down town Milan. I was quite far from the chaos. In fact I was almost in another world completely.
We ventured to the hills of Tuscany to experience one of the many natural sulfur spas Italy has to offer. For more information on sulfur spas, or the Terme we enjoyed for the weekend, visit the Saturnia post in the travel section.
Christopher and I are not strangers to road trips. We have driven something like 5,000 miles together. Basically Italy from north to south, and the US from north to south. The drive to Tuscany is about 5-6 hours but it goes buy pretty quickly when you are sitting next to this...
Saturnia is beautiful, as you can see in the other post... but there is one thing... It looks like you are swimming with little pieces of poop. Like some serious code brown. When we first walked out to the sulfur spring I actually said out loud to Chris, "oh my gosh, someone pooped in the pool!" I can only hope that the people around me did not understand english.
The poop-esk chunks are actually just pieces of sulfur algae that have great health benefits and are particularly good for the skin. So, if you can get over the look of it, by all means, rub it all over yourself.
After making a big deal about how gross I thought it looked, it was only natural that Christopher made me promise to rub the algae on my face before we left. I agreed because... well, why not? If all of the old people and Russians at the spa were doing it, why shouldn't I? I am adventurous and stuff. I mean, just look at how much I "enjoyed" the experience...
So, I did it. Now I think there is potential for me to be as glamorous as these terme babes one day.