Nom de Plumage

October 1, 2012

A Cities Homage to Learning – Padua

Filed under: Diary,Solo Travelling,Travel Journal — nomdeplumage @ 2:41 pm
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And so the rain finally arrived.

The hostel that I was staying in, is situated right against the bank of a river and when I woke and looked out the bedroom window, I almost fell off my bunk-bed. The river had swelled and was now a raging mass of dirty brown slush. The hostel owner told us not to worry and so with that positive confirmation, Suzy and I boarded a regional train for a fifteen minute journey to Padua – the city of universities.

The constant downpour, really tested our comfort levels. It is no fun to walk in wet clothes and shoes, but we tried to have fun and just appreciate our last day together. Padua is a smaller city and it is renowned for the universities, students and life associated with learning. Maybe not as beautiful as Verona, it still offered some delights. We found some shops and this is where I discovered Suzy’s hidden talent – shopping! She loved it and although I was tempted to buy, I needed to stay within my allocated budget, but I enjoyed the ride.

                

One of the best things that I loved about Italy, was their food markets. I have now been to few and each one has been better than the last. I just love that under one roof, there are stalls selling almost everything associated with food. We found a much needed respite against the rain within one of these markets. Now my understanding of the Italian language is pathetic, but Suzy really shined and was able to communicate extremely well with the stall holders. We walked between the stalls, admiring the wonderful array of meats, vegetables, dairy, spices and bakery. We came to one stall that sold cheese. The attendant was a cute man, so with Suzy translating, we were able to get quite a few different samples – for free. Amazing what a smile can do. My favourite, is the massive buffalo mozzarella and I bought one to be savoured later on.

It was here that Suzy left me to go back to Vincenza to meet up with her cousin. I was left to walk the soggy streets amongst the uni students and admire the beautiful architecture.

                

After more than an hour, I had enough of being cold and wet and decided to go back to Vincenza in the hope of changing into dry clothes. Upon my return, I was confronted with the city bracing itself for more floods. Emergency procedures were being implemented and sand bags where starting to be placed in front of shops, houses etc. The river had risen since morning and was only a metre away from overflowing. I returned to the hostel and met a very concerned Suzy, who was very worried that we may get stuck in Vincenza. Both of us were leaving tomorrow and so we confronted the hostel owner on what we should do. He reassured us and believed all will be well. So, to help ease the tension, we decided on doing so retail therapy and have fun along the way.

I loved shopping with Suzy. We went to the department store and had fun in the make-up department, we went to numerous clothes stores and here Suzy really made me laugh. We passed a busker playing the saxophone and had some cheeky fun. We shopped, walked, laughed and enjoyed it all.

               

But all this shopping takes it toll and makes us ravenous. So in the evening, we meet up with Ramsey at a Pizza Pub for our final meal together. The restaurant’s decor was beautiful. Wood was the main feature and it gave the atmosphere a medieval feel about it. The food was stunning and I ordered my very last pizza in Italy – The Super Devil (hot salami, salami, fresh tomato and rosemary). Accompanied with two glasses of red wine, the meal was amazing. It was shared with two very beautiful friends. The evening lasted into the late hours of the evening and although I never wanted it to end, unfortunately it did. There was an early start tomorrow. With my final farewell to Ramsey, Suzy and I went back to our hostel for some much needed rest.

 

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