Tis Returns to Italy! Day 31: Evenings in Genova
My day started off with me sitting down to get my work done and try and fit in an afternoon day trip. As it happens, I ended up getting really busy and spent the day working at my desk in the window, enjoying the sounds of the people passing below. Finally, I shut down so I could catch a little bit of daylight before I missed it entirely, having not left the apartment for even a walk.
As I walked toward the market to pick up a few things, the fishmonger greeted me with a friendly “sera!”, which is “Good evening” in Italian. While I was working in my window, all the shopkeepers had opened in the morning, closed for siesta, and opened up again before I joined the mix.
The streets were busy. People were looking at menus, trying to make dinner decisions. A child played in the street as her Mom was closing up her store for the evening. Music filled the air, surely from something happening on one of the nearby piazzas.
After a week here, Genova and I have developed a rhythm. I love the noises of the city, the friendly faces that greet me as I’ve made a few friends here, and just the energy of it all. Genova is a city that reminds me of an Italian NYC. People go about their days, just making things work. As you walk down unfamiliar streets, you never know what you will find. A tiny restaurant will emerge from a small square in front of a church. Shops still sell old keys so you can make a duplicate of the front door to your apartment building, which was once a grand palace. Wander into a church that looks fairly plain on the outside but is the home of priceless paintings by Rubens who once called the city home.
There is much exploring left to be done and I have only a week left. It is going to be hard to leave this fascinating city…
Ciao for now!