Left for Florence at 11:40 (after included breakfast after shower), arrived at 3:30. En route at “balequs” (??) we picked up 2 Italian girls in our car — one who kept talking and occasionally sung a phrase from “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. We eventually found a pension with a room with 2 oriental guys. They weren’t there when we checked in and we wandereed around the city looking for a restaurant in Frommers. We found it, but it didn’t serve until 7:00, so we walked some more, found a place to have a coke. Arrived at “xinex” (??) next to the Vecchio bridge and then back to restaurant (exchanging money on the way at the shifty establishment hole in the wall with a good rate). The restaurant (to me anyway) was a big disappointment with small portions at a large price. Ate some ice cream on way home. We plan to leave for Paris Thursday night. Check out time from here is 10:00am. Tomorrow we see Florence.
The pattern of not being able to eat anything until 7:00 at night, and staying our hunger by getting bloated by a coke on an empty stomach, has become a bit of a legend in my mind. Maybe it only happened this once. But it’s not a bad plan for those of you in a similar situation.
Yes, I used the phrase “oriental guys”. Listen – it’s 1985 — practically the stone age. They were Japanese I’m pretty sure. I guess the room had four beds. I remember I was wearing my “Save the Wales” t-shirt (1985 folks) which had the phrase printed in the languages of the four major outlaw whaling countries — including Japanese. I was worried when they noticed me wearing it. But actually, they were really cool. We didn’t have a comprehensible conversation, but I think they dug it. In fact, you know what, I’m going to get me another one of those t-shirts. Saving the whales never goes out of fashion!