Tonight is the farewell dinner for our sketching tour. The time has flown by. This has been a dream crew. Everyone gets along great. There are no complainers or kvetchers. A few food issues, but no one makes it the center of attention and just makes do. The “while in Rome” analogy. In fact the entire group there is only one smoker and even though it is a smoking country and people smoke in restaurants, on the street, in lobby’s and there has been a lot of smoke I have not heard a single complaint. Just to say, this group gets that we are in a foreign country and it is up to us to get along and not up to them to make it easier on us.
Today was pretty low key. We went and got our train tickets for tomorrow and just to see where we needed to go in the morning. We also took ALL of our laundry except what we wore today to a local woman who does laundry for those visiting. It seems like such a luxury to head on the rest of this trip with everything clean and not needing to think about it. Since this is such a small local economy we were also completely happy to pay the money to support her. We picked it up and everything is repacked for departure tomorrow.
Yesterday we took a boat to the other islands and walked around. Lori and I had a beverage and shared an anchovy and caper pizza that was pretty darn good. Today we just sketched and relaxed.
We are about to go meet up for the farewell dinner. So I am just including a bunch of photos. Tomorrow we train back to Florence and the next day fly to Lisbon.