June 7th, 2015
Today I'm dreaming about Italy. Bella Italia. I have been to Italy a few times, and it is one of the places in the world that I would love to live. I particularly love the villages around Lake Como, and this one particular is a boat seen through an archway in the village of Varenna.
I have a funny story about this. I was traveling with a friend and her daughter, and I had a very difficult time understanding the locals' English. My friend, however, almost could read their minds. However, when asking if the ferry was heading back to Menaggio (once the last boat left Varenna there was no way to get back to Menaggio that evening) I thought the gentleman on the ferry said that it was going back to Mennagio. However, it was going back Benagio (the other village to which this particular ferry transported passengers), and then it was going back to Varenna, and then eventually back to Menaggio. We were on the ferry longer than we were actually visiting any of the villages. We laughed about it after the fact, but I discovered very quickly that I desperately needed my friend to interpret for me -- thus she became my "English to English translator."