A couple of weeks ago, we needed to find a lady in our branch and make a visit to her. We had her address, but we weren’t sure exactly where her town was located. So we decided to make a “practice run” to find her address before we actually had our appointment. It just so happened that her town is located about 30 miles to the west of Savona, where we are living. This means we HAD to drive along the Riviera coast road until we got to her town of Loano. It was one of the most incredible drives we have ever taken. The scenery was breathtaking. I remembered driving along this very same road when I lived here as a 10 year-old with my mom, dad and sisters. How strange to be here 50 years later on the same road, experiencing the same gorgeous scenery.
Earlier in the month I started seeing flashes of light in my left eye when I was in the dark. At first I thought it was from the fireworks that were going off on New Year’s Eve. But when Miles said he didn’t see anything, and the flashes continued later in the week, I started to get worried. Of course, the first thing I did was Google it and my suspicions were correct. I had a retinal tear, which if I didn’t see a doctor right away, I could lose my eyesight in that eye. I was so scared that #1. I would have to go back to the States. We worked too hard to get here. I was NOT going home. #2. That I would lose my eyesight in that eye. I was ready to do that if needed, but I really didn’t want that to happen. To make a long story short, through the help of a wonderful friend, we were able to find a top-notch eye specialist in Genova, who performed a laser procedure on my eye to “seal” the retinal tear. It wasn’t a fun procedure, but it fixed the problem, thank goodness. He did a great job! AND, we got to make several train rides into Genova. We are getting very good at riding the train and getting around that big crazy city. Here are a couple of pictures of landmarks in Genova that are right outside the eye doctors office.
|Monument to Fallen Soldiers|
|Train station in Genova that is becoming like our second home|
|Commemorative garden honoring local boy|
Christopher Columbus and his three ships,
the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
We are still waiting for our apartment in Genova to be ready for us to move in. It looks like it will happen in February, if all goes well. Here is a picture of the building from the outside, if all goes according to our plan!
It is still very, very cold here. In the 30s and 40s. But what makes it unbearable is this wind that blows down from the Alps. It is so freezing cold. The other thing is that I haven’t been used to being outside and walking when it is this cold. But now we walk a few miles every day. Here is a picture of me after we walked to the church.
|I might look a little scary if you saw me |
late at night in a dark ally
And last of all, for those who really know me well, you will appreciate this picture from today. I finally found a place to get my hair colored and cut! At half the cost of what I pay in the States! All is right with the world again!
|Happy at last thanks to Alessia!|