Well, life since getting off the plane in Naples has been….busy. We arrived on Sunday, Dec. 30 at about 6:30. Charlie Worthy, our team leader, along with his oldest daughter, Micah, picked us up from the airport and took us to their house, where we meet Shannon, Charlie’s wife, Emma and Alessia, the other daughters. We had a great meal of fresh bread, Italian hams and sausages, cheese, and other antipasto. My favorite was pickled green tomatoes.
Micah twirling a sparkler on the balcony.
Emma and me on New Year’s Eve Night
New Year’s Eve was something. Fireworks, or firecracks as the kids call them, went off all day. One time I thought a bomb went off. I think I screamed a little sometimes, which of course made people look at me and laugh. Guess I had better get used to it.
One thing I admire about the Neopolitians is their relationship with their family. Family is more important than work or making money. So, New Year’s Day, everything was closed. Even the metro (subway system) closed early. So we really didn’t do anything because everything was closed. I did get to try some hot chocolate. It’s not your momma’s hot chocolate, for sure. There are like 32 varieties and the stuff is SOOO thick. Imagine you took a hershey bar, put about 1-2 tablespoons of milk in it, added nut or fruit flavoring or whatever else you want, and heat it up. It is really good, but the thickest “liquid” I have ever tried to drink. It was more like pushing it down my throat, but yummy.
Today, we went to IKEA. We have these stores in the US, but it took Paul and I to get to the other side of the world before we went to one. I think we spent about 7 hours in there getting stuff for the apartment and we did not even get it all. So, next week we’ll go back with a list and measurements.
THe first few days have been really good. We are getting over jetlag, enjoying some great food (we had our first real pizza the other day), and getting excited about moving into our apartment. so, ciao for now.