So, today is the Winter Solstice.
The time in Berlin is currently 16:50, which means it has been dark for nearly an entire hour.
It’s cold- but not cold enough to actually be the good kind of cold. Just the shitty rainy kind of cold.
The good news is the days get longer from here on out. The good news is that in 3 hours I’m getting on a plane to visit the UK (haii Ikumi). And the good news is that I still have some photos from The Incredible and Amazingly Long Summer of 2018 to throw at you.
Being Good and Wise hosts, Chi and Andrea organised a fairly packed long-weekend, which basically ensured we would maximise our time either at a beach, or engaging in some sort of food. I mean, we also saw some culture (like these little guys), but I would argue that it was not our primary goal.
Which, when they begin to ‘unravel’, are more than a little creepy.
The church above is apparently Saint Chiara’s church, which might explain the posing.
Apparently when couples get married in Italy you don’t just delicately toss petals, you actively and viciously throw sharp little grains of rice.
I have a vague memory of this being mentioned in a TV show (Men Behaving Badly), but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this actually be done in Australia.
And so the eating began!
And pretty much didn’t end.
Which is the end of day one.
Due to predicted cloud cover near home, we spent a couple of hours in the morning travelling across the heel of the Italian boot to Polignano a Mare, a fairly famous beach town near Bari.
Chiara also found a tree that she was convinced was grafted, and that she had to be dragged away from so that we could all travel to see the Trulli.
Day Three began with tortoises (which apparently like to breed in Chiara’s front garden), and continued with a beach.
I’m ashamed that I didn’t take a proper photo, but perhaps you can at least understand the sheer size of the meal (for seven people!) based on the loaded bar cart. Not pictured is the appetizer of seafood pasta, the fruit course, the icecream, and the after-dinner drinks!
It was insane, and insanely good! Thanks a million to Chiara’s parents (especially her dad, who did all the cooking), for one of the best meals I’ve had in years.
Thanks for the amazing hospitality South Italians!